Sony unveils S1 and S2 Honeycomb tablets


Today Sony unveiled their entries to the tablet world, the S1 and S2 dual-screen Honeycomb tablets, during a briefing with reporters and industry officials. Sony is expected to officially announce the two tablets later on Today, but The WSJ and Engadget already have images of the tablet.

The S1 tablet is a 9.4-inch screen with a curvy design, front and rear-facing cameras. The S1 will have a Tegra 2 SoC GPU, a "quick and smooth" touch panel UI with a "swift" web browser, according to Engadget. Not only will the tablet run games, applications and a web browser, but it can used as a remote control for your Sony electronics with the built-in infrared.sonytablets1

The S2 is a much different approach to a "tablet", where this model will have two smaller screens and be able to fold in half. The S2 will come with dual 5.5-inch screens with a 1024 x 480 pixel display, Tegra 2 SoC GPU, and two cameras.


Both the S1 and S2 will be fully capable of playing PlayStation games, although the catalog of what games will be available was not mentioned, we can assume it will support PlayStation 1 games, like the Motorola Xoom does.

The twin tablets will be support WiFi and 3G/4G and will be available this fall.

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I like the look of the S1, the S2 looks really awful.

"but it can used as a remote control for your Sony electronics with the built-in infrared."
**except of course PS3s, because they have no infrared recievers**

Now what they need to do is assure potential customers that any web browser that comes on this tablet won't be f*ucking terrible like the one on the PS3

Benjy91 said,
Get a stone in-between the screens before closing. Ouch.

Do you usually put stones on a laptop keyboard as well before closing?

In other news: Tablets don't respond well to being dropped either.

2xSilverKnight said,
Icon-only based iOS is crap. Can't stand it. No widgets on a tablet is ridiculous

Being both an Android phone and iPad 2 owner I agree the iOS home screen is pretty bland. I would welcome Dashboard-like widgets there. However overall I think the iOS interface works much smoother than Android's.


They are very nice sleek tablets, sort of what you expect from Sony. S2 is interesting but not sure on how practical it will be as surely the dual screen approach will compromise weight to support the screen and probably performance too.

But I think the issue for any tablets going in the market these days will be the OS.

While the company isn't ready to talk prices yet, our sources told us back in February that Sony was considering a $599 MSRP on the S1 while the S2 would likely come in at $699.

(Source: Engadget)