Android 3.0-based Sony 3G/4G tablets to debut this fall

Summary:It was only a matter of when. Sony has announced plans to roll out two Android-based tablets later this year, each with a slightly different purpose.

It was only a matter of when. Sony has announced plans to roll out two Android-based tablets later this year, each with a slightly different purpose.

Right now, the tablets have very simple names: S1 and S2. Perhaps Sony will get a little crazier with those later, but it's not clear yet whether or not either of these will be dubbed as as "PlayStation tablet."

Although, that doesn't mean there isn't some PlayStation influence here as both Sony tablets will be PlayStation-certified with access to the PlayStation Network (should it ever go back online) and the ability for users to "immerse themselves" in "first-generation PlayStation titles." Naturally, Sony is integrating a number of its other services, namely Qriocity music and video along with e-book content from the Sony Reader digital store. Additionally, the S1 had DLNA support and infrared technology so it can control Bravia TVs and Blu-ray disc players.

Both of these Honeycomb slates will feature Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G connectivity, but there are some notable differences. Namely, the entertainment-focused S1 sports a 9.4-inch display and a off-center gravity design for a lighter feel. The S2 stands out even more with clamshell design hosting dual 5.5-inch screens for wider uses beyond entertainment, such as productivity and communication.

Pricing and exact release dates haven't been revealed yet, but tablets are sure to take the holiday season by storm this year.

For a closer look at Sony's upcoming tablets, check out the promo video below:

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Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Networking, Wi-Fi

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