After months of teasing us with the two new Android devices, Sony is finally getting ready to launch its 9.4 inch Sony Tablet S and dual-screen Sony Tablet P. The Tablet S is expected to ship in September and it’s available for pre-order for $499.99 and up. The Tablet P is expected to hit the streets in November and it will cost €599 in Europe. There’s no word on the US pricing yet.
Sony Tablet S
The Sony Tablet S features a 9.4 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 5000mAh battery. It has front and rear cameras, 16B or 32GB of storage, and a full-sized SD card slot — but you can only use an SD card to transfer media.
The tablet has 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1. It also has an IR port and you can use the tablet as a remote control for your home theater. Sony also loads the tablet with Playstation software for purchasing and playing classic Playstation games.
The most unusual thing about this tablet though, is the design. It measures 9.5″ x 6.8″ x 0.3″ and features a wedge-shaped design so that it’s much thicker on one end than the other. The idea is that you can grip the thick end. The tablet also weighs just 1.3 pounds, making it one of the lightest tablets in its class.
Sony Tablet P
It feels strange to call this model a tablet at all, since it’s actually a dual-screen device with a hinge in the middle. You can fold it up like a clamshell-style laptop and slip the whole thing into your pocket (assuming you have a reasonably large pocket). Or you can open the Tablet P up and run two apps at once or single apps across both screens.
The Sony Tablet P has two 5.5 inch, 1024 x480 pixel displays, a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor and 512MB of RAM. It has a 3080mAh battery, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1. It comes with 4GB of storage, has a full–sized SD card slot, and front and rear cameras. It weighs about 0.8 pounds.
AT&T will offer a version of this device with mobile broadband capabilities later this year.
Like the Tablet S, the Tablet P comes with Sony Playstation software. Both tablets actually come with Crash Bandicoot and Pinball Heroes games preloaded as well as a 6 month membership to Sony’s subscription music service, and free movie and eBook downloads. Both tablets also come with Android Honeycomb and access to the Android Market.
Aside from Sony’s gaming and media apps, the company has tweaked the Android user interface with a series of custom apps, support for streaming media from a tablet to a DLNA-capable TV, and other features that help set the company’s products apart from the crowded field of Android tablets.