Sony S1 Gaming Tablet To Rival iPad 2

Sony is looking to launch a gaming tablet called the S1, one which will feature a Playstation Certification and likely to sit in the Sony family, rather than in the Sony Ericsson camp like the Xperia Play.

Engadget published an impressive amount of details not only on the device itself but also most importantly on the surrounding ecosystem.

The S1 will apparently come with a 9.4-inch touchscreen with Android Honeycomb 3.0, which means that it will offer a resolution of 1280x800 pixels.

It will feature a customised user interface, will be built by the VAIO segment of Sony and will have Sony's Qriocity content on demand service at its core.

Engadget also says that it will come with a Bravia remote control, Sony PSP one games and Playstation integration.

One unique aspect of the tablet is its wrap design which the source says "a magazine folded backward upon itself such that only a single page is visible to read" which may help users when they hold the tablet with one hand.

It will be powered by a Tegra 2 processor (another design win for Nvidia) plus front and rear facing cameras, USB-A port to host USB storage devices and no physical buttons apart from the volume.

Surprisingly for a Sony product, it will be priced at only $599, which is higher than the Apple iPad Wi-FI only, but then, the S1 packs much more features.

The launch is apparently scheduled for September, just in time for back to school and holiday sales.