Sony has unveiled two tablet PC devices that mark its entry into the burgeoning tablet PC market dominated by the iPad.
At an event in Tokyo, Sony’s Kunimasa Suzuki unveiled two tablet devices, the S1 and S2, which run on Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform.
The first tablet, the S1, comes with a 9.4 inch touch screen and has been designed for rich media entertainment and web browsing. The tablet has been designed to give feel of a folded magazine or a newspaper.
The second tablet, the S2, comes with a unique clamshell design that combines both rich media entertainment and mobile communications. The tablet also features two 5.5-inch touch screen, poised like the ones found on Nintendo DS.
Sony said that both the tablets will have access to Sony’s Qriosity media service that offers both music and video streaming services and the PlayStation Suite, which will allow users to play first generation PlayStation games on the move. Users will also have access to Sony’s Reader ebook store to turn their devices into e-readers. The devices will also come with both 3G and 4G connectivity.
“Sony Tablet delivers an entertainment experience where users can enjoy cloud-based services on-the-go at any time. We’re aiming to create a new lifestyle by integrating consumer hardware, including ‘Sony Tablet’ with content and network,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, Corporate Executive, SVP, and Deputy President of Consumer Products & Services Group in a statement.