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Sony announces a duo of PlayStation-certified Honeycomb tablets

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Sony announces a duo of PlayStation-certified Honeycomb tablets

Sony's tablet design leaked out in February and we've been waiting to hear more for nearly two months. Now, finally the company announced two new Honeycomb “Sony Tablets” - the Sony S1 and S2 - at its press event in Tokyo and both are PlayStation certified. The tablets both feature the standard Wi-Fi connectivity, but what's more interesting – they are both 3G/4G “compatible” as Sony puts it and we are hopeful that means full 4G connectivity once the tablets are released this fall.

The first one, codenamed Sony S1, also known as the Qriocity, comes with a 9.4-inch screen. It's a close copy of the mockup we saw back in February, focusing around an “off-center of gravity design,” which reportedly makes it easier to hold. Under the hood, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip is responsible for running Honeycomb skinned with a “Quick and Smooth” interface, tailor-made for touch input. The tablet also has both front and rear facing cameras. What Sony aims with the S1 is not only standalone functionality, but close integration with the company's line of products as the tablet doubles as an infrared remote for the company's TVs. In addition, PlayStation-certified instantly translates into loads of quality gaming time. Actually, we saw Crash Bandicoot running on the S1 with on-screen controls mimicking the look of a PlayStation controller.

The S2 reminds the Kyocera Echo with its dual-screen setup. Two 5.5-inch screens come with a resolution of 1024 x 480 pixels each. The S2 runs on a Tegra 2 chip and has a camera, while on the software side of things we have a custom-made user interface including a tweaked out book reader application and an email app allowing to type on one of the screens, while looking at the message on the other. The two screens are hinged together making the whole package look much like a bulky case for glasses, but as big as it seems Sony's own Kunimasa Suzuki demonstrated its pocketability by taking it out of the pocket of his jacket.

“‘Sony Tablet’ delivers an entertainment experience where users can enjoy cloud-based services on-the-go at any time. We’re aiming to create a new lifestyle by integrating consumer hardware, including ‘Sony Tablet’ with content and network,” Suzuki mentioned. Check out the video below for a first peek at the look of the tablets and don't hesitate to let us know what you think about the Sony tablets in the comments below.

source: Sony

Sony announces a duo of PlayStation-certified Honeycomb tablets
Sony announces a duo of PlayStation-certified Honeycomb tablets
Sony announces a duo of PlayStation-certified Honeycomb tablets

Sony announces a duo of PlayStation-certified Honeycomb tablets
Sony announces a duo of PlayStation-certified Honeycomb tablets
Sony announces a duo of PlayStation-certified Honeycomb tablets

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posted on 26 Apr 2011, 02:19 1

1. doubler86 (Posts: 319; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)

Not bad Sony, seems like it will be good for gaming

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 02:19 2

2. mrsmmy (unregistered)

better than ipad 2

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 02:54

3. Seylan Naidoo (unregistered)

The screen resolution of the S1? I hope they have that Bravia Engine mobile like in the Xperia Arc. And please, Exmor R cameras, 8mp with Full HD video recording!

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 03:51

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

I am really hoping to see a nintendo ds emulator oh the irony

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 04:09

5. cheetah2k (Posts: 859; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

If they're going to be PlayStation certified, don't they need game buttons?

I think they're all going to be a fail without the D-pad....

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 13:44

8. skymitch89 (Posts: 1098; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

They all have on-screen controls.

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 11:03

6. dico (unregistered)

the gap between the displays should be made smaller

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 11:09

7. dico (unregistered)

Sorry I was talking about the S2.

And why the hell there isn't a screen on top of it for phone calls and sms ? Why make a pocketable tablet without including the phone option to it ??

Btw I would buy an S2 only if I call make calls with it and if the screens are made with the Pixel Qi/Mirasol/Liquavista because of my eye strain.

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 13:48

9. skymitch89 (Posts: 1098; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

Um...tablets are supposed to be used to surf the internet and gaming, not making phone calls. I take it that you don't like the Galaxy Tabs and iPads because they cannot make calls either hu?

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 20:01

12. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

actually the tabs could make phone calls right?

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 14:59

13. George123 (unregistered)

I think dico makes a valid point, because Sony went to the trouble of making the S2 pocketable. Therefore, it would be nice to have it able to make phone calls, so that then we could just carry the one device, and not the S2 plus a separate cell phone.

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 16:40

10. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Sony S2 is like an upgraded kyocera echo.

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 19:39

11. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 266; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)

85 percent would buy the s1
12 percent would buy the s2

whos the 3 percent who would just jack one from sony since they cant keep anything safe right now?

posted on 26 May 2011, 13:21

14. Ro (unregistered)

george123 name a TABLET that has those capabilities, if you want a phone, buy a phone. Would you hold a IPAD to your ear to talk? I think Sony is going to take the TABLET world to another level, and you will still continue to complain until it does EVERYTHING including shake your penis after you pee.

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 17:54

15. v (unregistered)

Its like any other higher end tab on the market cept they are gonna charge a tad more. I mean I can already tell unless its pushing more than a gig of ram my toshiba thrive and asus transformer is the same thing only less expencive. Personally I love my thrive and I have no problems running ps1 games along with many other emulators on it. Plus I have a changeable battery which tops most. Good luck sony you are selling the name and not the product

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 17:59

16. v (unregistered)

P.s. here's some things that would make me buy this

Ps3 controller bluetooth compatible software (without root or bought program from market)
Accessories accessories and more accessories. Only downside to almost all tabs cept transformer (extra batt and keyboard with usb ports upgrade) and all of the (hate to admit ) cool things u can get with the ipad (god I hate apple but they have everything under the sun for those retarded things)

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