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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Sony S1 Tablet Down To £299

Currys has cut the price of its Sony S1 tablet down to £299 with free £10 voucher. The original retail price of the tablet was £399 suddenly appeared to be way too high after Apple cut the price of the iPad 2 to £329.

The tablet comes with a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, Android 3.1 Honeycomb, a 9.4-inch 1,280 by 800 pixels capacitive touchscreen display with BRAVIA and TruBlack technologies, 1GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage (with a SD card slot). You can add a 32GB card for as little as £18; in comparison, the 32GB model costs £429.

Other features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, PlayStation certification, a 0.3-megapixel front facing camera and a five megapixel rear one, a rather unique "wedge" design and it weighs just 598g.

The only major Android rival to the Sony S at this price is the Motorola XOOM which costs £280 and comes with 32GB onboard storage although the rest of the specification is similar to the Sony S.

We expect Sony to announce a new tablet in order not to fall behind the competition. Acer, Asus, Apple have all announced full HD+ tablets with the first two swapping dual core processors for quad core ones.