Sony's first Android tablets priced at $499 and $599

In just a few weeks Sony will launch its first products in the already crowded tablet market. The company announced today that the Sony Tablet S will go on sale sometime in September. The two versions of the tablet, both of which run on Google's Android 3.1 operating system, will be priced at $499 for the 16 GB version and $599 for the 32 GB version. The Sony Tablet S will weigh 1.33 pounds and has a 9.4 touch screen. Inside the tablet is NVIDIA's Tegra 2 dual core processor with speeds of 1 Ghz and 1 GB of memory. It contains a 5 megapixel rear camera, a front facing camera, a USB port, an SD card slot, WiFi, and Bluetooth.

Sony will also offer its own special applications for the Sony Tablet S, including Video Unlimited where users can download movies for rent or own. Tablet owners will get one free movie download with the purchase of the device. In October, Sony will launch Music Unlimited which will give tablet owners access to 10 million songs and six free months of access to that service. The tablets will also be able to download and play a selection of original Playstation 1 console games.

Sony also revealed today that its dual screen tablet announced earlier this year will now go by the name the Sony Tablet P. The two 5.5 inch screens fold up and allow the .83 pound tablet to be carried in a pocket. The tablet will have NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor inside and will run on Android 3.2 when it is released. The Sony Tablet P will support AT&T's wireless network for on-the-go web browsing. Pricing and availability of the tablet has still not yet been announced.

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In terms of specs, that's a proper tablet. Can imagine how amazing it'll work. The only problem is with all the similar competition that sell at the exact same price but with slightly worse hardware. I think that if they had some kind of PlayStation integration like the Xperia Play, it'd be amazing. You can already play PS1 games on it but if you could connect it to the PS3, the PS Vita, PS3 controllers or even the Xperia play itself in some way, that's when it'd appeal to many.

I smell fire sale, guess they didn't take notes from HP....... I'll be sure to grab one when the fire sale hits in a few months.

The Dual screen one sounds very interesting...

The price tho is very hard to swallow... Its apparent that if a tablet wants to dominate the market... Its got to be99-199 in cost...

Looks awesome, shame it has already failed. Sony really should of waited and spec'd it with a "Kal-El" in it because with the quad-core iPad 3 coming, this won't stand a chance otherwise. That is my 2 cents.

Xerxes said,
Looks awesome, shame it has already failed. Sony really should of waited and spec'd it with a "Kal-El" in it because with the quad-core iPad 3 coming, this won't stand a chance otherwise. That is my 2 cents.

what you say almost makes sense. the problem with android apps is that next to nothing takes advantage of the dual cores, quad core support look bleek at best. you can throw as many cores as you want but unless android has full hardware acceleration, who gives a **** how fast it is if the software isn't taking advantage of it.

Xerxes said,
Looks awesome, shame it has already failed. Sony really should of waited and spec'd it with a "Kal-El" in it because with the quad-core iPad 3 coming, this won't stand a chance otherwise. That is my 2 cents.
+1

No the complaint isn't about lack of spec or grunt but like Relativity_17 said, they better justify the price with something different than the current market leader and if they want to keep it then it is like going to a battlefield where guns were a common with an absolutely very very ordinary gun. To win you have to go there with something different or make the price lower to that point that that ordinary gun seems good enough.

I see a lot of people complaining about the specs, so I ask the question: how does it compare to the iPad in terms of hardware? Is it that bad?

Also, I do agree with the previous posts regarding the price point. They need to lower their price if they want to penetrate the market and compete with Apple... because from the picture above, it's far from looking as slick as the iPad IMHO. I mean, what's up with that cylindrical lump on the upper back of the device? It defeats the purpose of being a tablet if it's not completely flat if you ask me.

Shame that no one seems to have learned from HP.

The worth of a device on an ecosystem-driven market is determined by how many people own, use, and develop for that platform. Dumping in some new device with a high price barrier will prevent it from ever taking off, and most everyone who can afford a 600$ tablet already have one. I'm a bit amazed that no company quite seems to grasp that there is this other 85% of the market to whom a 99$ device is appealing and a 600$ device is out of reach. Hook those people, and you have the market for the next decade.

Relativity_17 said,
Shame that no one seems to have learned from HP.

The worth of a device on an ecosystem-driven market is determined by how many people own, use, and develop for that platform. Dumping in some new device with a high price barrier will prevent it from ever taking off, and most everyone who can afford a 600$ tablet already have one. I'm a bit amazed that no company quite seems to grasp that there is this other 85% of the market to whom a 99$ device is appealing and a 600$ device is out of reach. Hook those people, and you have the market for the next decade.

Of course $99 is appealing, who wouldn't want premium hardware at a price cheaper than it cost to produce. Don't be ridiculous.

WHY OH WHY CAN'T THESE COMPANIES LEARN. When you mention tablet many people think IPAD so why try to be in the same price range. Lower it $150.00 across the board and go for volume not profit. $99.00 difference isn't going to sway many people considering the two and the APP store's maturity and selection will move them towards APPLE. Android apps are starting to get better but still not IPAD quality and quantity.

HP could have made an impact by offering it at $429.00 for 32GB and $349.00 for 16GB and it would have sold like hot cakes. Until you offer an aluminum built tablet like the IPAD you can't demand the premium price so go for volume and marketshare.


mrmomoman said,
WHY OH WHY CAN'T THESE COMPANIES LEARN. When you mention tablet many people think IPAD so why try to be in the same price range. Lower it $150.00 across the board and go for volume not profit. $99.00 difference isn't going to sway many people considering the two and the APP store's maturity and selection will move them towards APPLE. Android apps are starting to get better but still not IPAD quality and quantity.

HP could have made an impact by offering it at $429.00 for 32GB and $349.00 for 16GB and it would have sold like hot cakes. Until you offer an aluminum built tablet like the IPAD you can't demand the premium price so go for volume and marketshare.


The problem with Android is that no one owns the software. Google is the only one making money off the Google market. A tablet sale is a tablet sale. They are only adding to Googles share, selling at a loss makes no sense.

Einlander said,

The problem with Android is that no one owns the software. Google is the only one making money off the Google market. A tablet sale is a tablet sale. They are only adding to Googles share, selling at a loss makes no sense.

Exactly...That is why amazon is rumoured to be releasing a cheap tablet. They will make up for it with the purchases of their content.

Not enough for the latest generation of hardware and the price, damn! No chance to give a fight to the market leader.