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AT&T Grabs Sony S2 Tablet Exclusivity

AT&T announced ealier today that it would be the exclusive U.S. mobile broadband provider for the Sony Tablet S2, a dual screen, multi functional tablet that looks like the Nintendo 3DS.

The device which will be launched later this year will be Wi-Fi and 4G compatible. AT&T did not say whether it would distribute Sony's more direct rival to the iPad 2, the S1.

Mike Lucas, senior vice president of Network Technology and Services Division at Sony Electronics, said “AT&T provides the speed and coverage that are integral to the different features and functions of our tablet. We value our relationship as they share our commitment to growing the ‘Sony Tablet’ and the tablet market overall.”

The S2 will have access to more than 20,000 AT&T hotspots across the U.S. with unlimited access. AT&T has confirmed that it will be offering monthly data plans for the tablet. Distribution and pricing will be unveiled closer to launch.

Both the S1 and the S2 have been unveiled in April and they will both come with an Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC - rather than an SoC from ST-Ericsson - and Android Honeycomb. The S2 comes with two 5.5-inch displays, as well as the Qriocity online store.

The fact that AT&T chose the S2 over the S1 proves that the dual screen form factor may be a better choice than a straight forward tablet.

Désiré Athow

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.