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Sony gets its Android tablets out

Sony has launched its first tablet PCs in the form of two Android 3.0-based gadgets called S1 and S2.

Sony previously said it would be happy to be number two in the tablet market in a realistic assessment of its chances of overhauling Apple's iPad.

The S1 has a 9.4-inch display while S2 has two 5.5-inch screens that can either be used separately or together or folded up to make the gadget pocket-sized.

At the launch of the gadgets in Japan, Kunimasa Suzuki, deputy president of the consumer products and services group, confirmed the tablets, which are WiFi and 3G/4G compatible will run PlayStation games.

The tablets adhere to standards set down by the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) which are designed to allow gadgets in the home to connect with one another allowing the tablets to project content large screens, TV or and speakers, for example.

The tablets will go on sale in the autumn at prices yet to be announced.