The Sony Tablets will start to hit the market this Fall. The S1 and S2 are codenames, where the S1 is “optimized for rich media entertainment” and the S2 “is ideal for mobile communication and entertainment”.
The most exciting aspect though is the S2, which features dual-screens and looks much like a Nintendo DS. Both of the devices take advantage of the PlayStation Suite which so far only allows the device to play retro PS1 titles. But hopefully full PlayStation Network support or, at the very least, select PSN titles will make the jump to these tablets.
The Sony Tablets are equipped with the latest Android 3.0 OS which is designed for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. Both tablets are WiFi and WAN (3G/4G) compatible and users can not only browse the internet or check e-mail but they can also smoothly access digital content including videos, games and books through Sony’s premium network services and more, on-the-go at any time.
The S1 has a 9.4-inch display for enjoying the web and rich content on a large screen. Its off-center of gravity design realizes stability and ease of grip as well as a sense of stability and lightness, offering comfortable use for hours.
The S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded for easy portability. In contrast to existing tablets, its unprecedented dual screen presentation and usability allows its displays to be combined and used as a large screen or for different functions such as playing video on one screen while showing control buttons on the other.
Key features of the Sony Tablet’s include:
Designed for portability and intuitive gripping
With its off-center of gravity form factor, the 9.4-inch S1 offers stability and a sense of lightness, offering comfortable use for hours.
The dual screen S2 comes with two 5.5-inch displays which can be used together as one large screen to browse websites and more. They can also be used for different functions as users can watch a video on one screen and input commands on the other, or check email on one screen and use the other as a soft keyboard.
Seamless Usability and Performance
Through Sony’s knowhow for combining hardware and software, Sony Tablets realizes optimal usability and performance. Because of Sony’s rapid response technologies, users can perform smooth, quick touch-screen operations and enjoy fast and efficient website loading. The keyboard arrangement is also optimized for the large screen, making email and SNS communication a breeze.
Rich entertainment experiences through various network services
Through Qriocity music and video services, users can enjoy rich video and music content. Also, through PlayStation Suite, users can immerse themselves in high quality first generation PlayStation titles. Additionally, users can easily download ebook content from ReaderStore and use both tablets as digital reading devices. The integration with various services allows users to take their entertainment experiences on-the-go. Furthermore, Sony Tablets are equipped with functionality that organizes content for easy access.
Remote access functionality with AV devices
Through Sony Tablets, users can control home entertainment devices as well as enjoy content in new ways. S1 uses infrared technology and works as universal remote controls for a variety of AV devices starting with Sony Bravia TVs. Users can perform functions like turning on their TVs, changing the channel and adjusting the volume. Also, through DLNA functionality on Sony Tablets, users can “throw” personal content to large screen televisions or music to wireless speakers.