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Sony Tablet S Android tablet (preview)
- — 27 April, 2011 10:47
It has taken a little longer than expected, but Sony has finally joined the rest of the tech world in unveiling an Android tablet. The Sony Tablet S has a 9.4in touchscreen display and runs the Google Android 3.1 Honeycomb platform that is specifically designed for tablet devices.
The Sony Tablet S has a curved design that Sony says attempts to resemble a folded magazine. The company says the physical attributes of the Tablet S make it stable and light and therefore comfortable to use for an extended period of time — the Tablet S is apparently "optimised for rich media entertainment". The Tablet S weighs a relatively light 598g.
The Sony Tablet S has front and rear-facing cameras, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity, and is PlayStation certified, meaning it will be compatible with PlayStation games available through the Android Market. Sony will pre-load the Tablet S with Crash Bandicoot and Pinball Heroes games.
The Sony Tablet S is powered by a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, has 16 or 32GB of internal memory and 1GB of RAM. Sony will sell the Tablet S in Wi-Fi only models, and Wi-Fi + 3G models. Storage is either 16GB or 32GB on the Wi-Fi only versions and 16GB on the Wi-Fi + 3G version. All versions include an SD card slot and a USB port.
Sony has only released Australian pricing for the Wi-Fi only models of the tablet S: they will retail at $579 for the 16GB model and $689 for the 32GB variant, and will be available in Australia from late October with a late September pre-order period. The 3G version of the Sony Tablet S will not be sold in Australia until early 2012.