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Sony Unlikely To Trouble iPad 2 With Tablet S

Sony has finally (and officially) released its Tablet S and there are currently three versions available on the market, all of which can already be preordered from Sony itself.

Internally known as the SGPT111GB, SGPT112GB and SGPT114GB (opens in new tab), the three versions of the Tablet S will be available for £399, £479 and £499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi, 32GB Wi-Fi and 16GB 3G versions respectively, matching the prices of Apple's iPad 2 tablets.

They are expected to be released in a couple of weeks and, as mentioned previously, they share the same configuration as most of their competitors. An Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1Ghz, 1GB RAM, a 9.4-inch WXGA capacitive touchscreen, USB port, a SD Card (rather than SDHC), Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 (rather than 3.0), a five megapixel rear camera and a VGA front facing one.

Interestingly, Sony calls the tablet's battery the BPS24, which is also used in laptops and has a 4400mAh capacity, although at least one review (opens in new tab) points to the fact that the battery capacity on the Tablet S is 5000mAh and should get around eight hours worth of medium usage.

Sizewise though the Tablet S is average, partly because of its peculiar "wedge" design. It is on average 10mm thick and weighs just under 600 grams for the non 3G model.

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.