Sony’s S1 and S2 tablets are scheduled for a UK release at the end of Q3, reports suggest, as the market for Gingerbread powered slates gets ever more crowded.
According to Engadget, which has seen a “private note sent from Sony’s marketing group”, the tablets will hit pre-order in August before going on sale for real in September.
Unveiled to an impressed tech press back in April, the radical looking S1 packs a 9.4-inch display and a wedge at the rear that’s not a million miles from the spine of a book.
The S2 is an odder proposition still, with two screens secreted in a folding design that recalls the clamshell phones that rocked the spot way back when.
Other confirmed features common to the tablets are compatibility with the PlayStation Suite Android games download service and support for BRAVIA TVs, so that owners can lid-erally ‘throw’ shows to their boxes.
Not surprisingly both slates are powered by Gingerbread. But it’s not clear yet whether they’ll ship with the original 3.0 version of the OS or the recently unveiled 3.1 iteration.
Assuming it’s the latter, which we’d have to say is the more likely, they’ll feature a refined 3D user interface, support for games, accessories and physical keyboard peripherals, plus resizable home screen widgets.