New Sony Tablet S runs Android, joins Tablet P in competing with Apple's iPad

Sony Tablet S Australian price and release date announced

The Sony Tablet S (shown left) and Sony Tablet P (right).

The Sony Tablet S (shown left) and Sony Tablet P (right).

The Wi-Fi only version will start shipping in Europe at the end of September, and the 3G-equipped one will arrive in November. Similarly, the WiFi-only Tablet S will be available in Australia from late October with a late September pre-order period, while the 3G version will be held off until 2012.

The 598g Tablet S sits in between the weight of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (at 565g) and Apple iPad 2 (at 613g). However, the dual-screen Sony Tablet P is by far the lightest of the bunch at 372 grams. The Tablet P is a folding device equipped with dual 5.5-inch displays. When closed, the device measures about 79x180x26mm according to Sony. The dual-screen tablet has the same Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor and will only be available with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. Storage is 4GB, but that can be expanded using a microSD card. Both models feature front- and rear-facing cameras at 0.3-megapixels and 5-megapixels.

The Tablet P will start shipping in Europe in November, according to Sony.

So far, 2011 hasn't been an easy year for Sony. The company reported a net loss for the three month period from April to June as it struggled with unfavorable exchange rates, cut-throat competition in the consumer electronics business and the hacking attack on its online gaming network, which is now "more secure than ever," according to Stinger. Add to that the fallout from the March earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.

"That was yesterday. The summer of our discontent is behind us," said Stringer, trying his best to sound upbeat.

With additional reporting by IDG News Service

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