Fresh new images and videos of the Android-powered Sony S1 and S2 tablets have surfaced online, giving fans a detailed look at what to expect from the upcoming slates.
Released on Italian sites Notebook Italia and HDblog.it, the hands-on footage shows the two uniquely shaped tablets from the Japanese electronics giant running the latest iteration of Google’s Android Honeycomb operating system.
The S1, which houses a 9.4-inch display, is shaped almost like a folded magazine – doubtless to increase its appeal as a reading device. Although its extremely glossy finish means it’s a major fingerprint magnet, too. However, that’s made kind of irrelevant by how vibrant the screen looks in action.
The S2, on the other hand, is a clamshell device, which is a strange design choice for a tablet. Inside, it sports two 5.5-inch touchscreens - making it appear more akin to a giant Nintendo 3DS.
Both devices pack Tegra 2 dual core processors, as well as front and rear-facing cameras for snapping and video calling. They are also preloaded with a range of Sony’s entertainment services, such as its Qriocity music and video download service and PlayStation Suite, which will offer a range of PlayStation certified titles ported to Android.
Although firm release dates are yet to be announced, both tablets are expected to hit store shelves in Q3 in time for the holiday rush.