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Sony iPad 2 Rivals To Reach UK In September

Sony may be gearing up to launch the S1 and S2 tablets in the UK in September according to a private note attributed to Sony's marketing arm and seen by tech website, Engadget.

According to Brian Heater from the AOL-owned site (opens in new tab), Sony will put the S1 and the S2 on pre-order in August with a full-blown release in September. Apart from Sony Direct, upmarket UK department store John Lewis will also sell the tablets as well as a third retailer.

Sony officially announced both tablets back in April 2011 saying that both would come with Android 3.0 (or most probably 3.1) and would complement "Network Services for an Immersive Entertainment Experience" as well as offering Playstation compatibility and DLNA support.

The S1 will be optimised for rich media entertainment, à la iPad 2, with Qriocity features, a Tegra 2 system on chip and a new touch panel user interface, while the S2 would be ideal for mobile communication and entertainment. Both will come with Wi-Fi and 3G/4G WWAN compatibility.

The S1, which will be pitted against the iPad 2 amongst others, will have a 9.4-inch display while the S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded like the Nintendo DS.

We noted last month that the S1 will face an uphill struggle against the iPad 2 partly because it is coming to the market way too late and is likely to carry a premium.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.