Sony announces a duo of PlayStation-certified Honeycomb tablets

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. Thetablets both feature the standard Wi-Fi connectivity, but what's moreinteresting – they are both 3G/4G “compatible” as Sony puts itand we are hopeful that means full 4G connectivity once the tabletsare released this fall.

The first one, codenamed Sony S1, also knownas the Qriocity, comes with a 9.4-inch screen. It's a close copy ofthe mockup we saw back in February, focusing around an “off-centerof gravity design,” which reportedly makes it easier to hold. Underthe hood, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip is responsible for running Honeycombskinned with a “Quick and Smooth” interface, tailor-made fortouch input. The tablet also has both front and rear facing cameras.What Sony aims with the S1 is not only standalone functionality, butclose integration with the company's line of products as the tabletdoubles 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 Echowith its dual-screen setup. Two 5.5-inch screens come with aresolution of 1024 x 480 pixels each. The S2 runs on a Tegra 2 chipand has a camera, while on the software side of things we have a custom-made user interface including a tweaked outbook 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 arehinged together making the whole package look much like a bulky casefor glasses, but as big as it seems Sony's own Kunimasa Suzukidemonstrated its pocketability by taking it out of the pocket of hisjacket.

“‘Sony Tablet’ delivers anentertainment experience where users can enjoy cloud-based serviceson-the-go at any time. We’re aiming to create a new lifestyle byintegrating consumer hardware, including ‘Sony Tablet’ withcontent 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

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Tablet S
  • Display 9.4 inches
    800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, SD
  • Battery 5000 mAh
  • OS Android 4.0
Tablet P
  • Display 5.5 inches
    480 x 1024 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 3080 mAh
  • OS Android 4.0.3



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)

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

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.

11. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 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?

10. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Sony S2 is like an upgraded kyocera echo.

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.

9. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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?

12. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

actually the tabs could make phone calls right?

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.

6. dico unregistered

the gap between the displays should be made smaller

5. cheetah2k

Posts: 2332; Member since: Jan 16, 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....

8. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

They all have on-screen controls.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

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!

2. mrsmmy unregistered

better than ipad 2

1. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

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

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