Sony has taken its first step in the nascent tablets market, announcing not one but two new Android powered slates, the Tablet S and Tablet P.
The Japanese electronics giant showcased the devices yesterday at its press event at the IFA 2011 expo in Berlin as it looks to challenge market leader Apple in the upcoming holiday rush.
Leading the charge is the Tablet S, home to a 9.4-inch display with Sony’s TruBlack and BRAVIA technologies. This comes in 16GB and 32GB SKUs in both Wi-Fi-only and 3G flavours and is expected to be boast Tegra 2 dual core processor.
Where it tries to set itself apart from the pack is its tapered design and Sony’s various entertainment options installed out of the box, such as its Music and Video Unlimited services and the ability to play PlayStation Certified games, some of which will reportedly come preloaded.
Although there’s no HDMI port onboard, the Tablet S supports DLNA, which means media can be streamed wirelessly to a compatible TV. There’s also a built-in universal infrared remote that be used to control a wide variety of TV and sound systems directly from the tablet’s interface.
Tablet P is a different kind of beast. This sports a pair of 5.5-inch screens in a clamshell design, allowing it to be used like a netbook where the bottom screen may serve as a keyboard.
This, also, is likely to be powered by a Tegra 2 processor and will come in both Wi-Fi-only and 3G varieties with 16GB and 32GB storage options.
The Tablet S will launch in the UK exclusively on Currys, PC World, John Lewis and Sony Centres from mid-September with online preorders to begin today on the retailers’ websites.
The Tablet P will arrive a bit later in November. Whether this will also be exclusive to the vendors is unknown.
Pricing details have not been announced yet. Rest assured, we’ll bring you these as soon as we have them.