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Photos: Sony Android tablets unveiled

The new Honeycomb devices are due in the autumn

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Topic: Hardware
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The new Honeycomb devices are due in the autumn

Sony has become the latest technology powerhouse to enter the tablet market, unveiling two devices to challenge Apple's iPad.

Both tablets have touchscreens, run on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS and offer wi-fi, WAN and 3G/4G connectivity.

The first tablet, known as S1 is seen here on the left, and the dual screen S2 device is on the right. Both devices are due for worldwide release in autumn this year.

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The S1 tablet has a 9.4-inch, 1,280 x 800 display and includes a front and rear-facing camera.

Its interface is designed to provide easy access to social media and content stored on the device. On the left of the screen is a 'Favorites' area that aggregates several social feeds, such as Facebook and Twitter, into a magazine-style layout and on the right is an area for accessing recently added music, books, games or movies.

Sony promises that both tablets include a 'swift' web browser, which supports the Adobe Flash plug-in.

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The folded-over shape of the S1 tablet is designed to make it more comfortable and easier to hold than a flat screen.

According to Sony, both devices are optimised to allow users to easily interact with the device using the touchscreen and its virtual keyboard.

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The S1 tablet can be used as a remote control for a variety of TVs and other devices thanks to its infrared technology.

Users can also play videos from the tablet on a television or play music on wireless speakers using a wireless connection.

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The Sony S2 has two 5.5-inch screens - which can either be used together as one large screen or as two separate screens, for example allowing users to play a video on one screen while controlling its playback using touchscreen buttons on the second screen.

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Both Sony tablets come with Sony's PlayStation Suite that allow them to play PlayStation 1 games. Users can also take advantage of Sony's Reader Store to download books.

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Sony believes that the ability to fold up the S2 tablet to make it more portable will help give it an edge in the rapidly expanding tablet market.

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