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Sep 1
The “Sony Tablet” S and “Sony Tablet” P.
Full press release
The design is very slick, matching Sony’s other device’s branding, such as the PSPGO and their upcoming PS TV, and I’m very pleased to see it’s running Android.
In terms of features, well, where to begin? Besides offering fast web browsing, wifi/3g, SD slot, USB port and all the other marketing talk you’d expect on a tablet, it’s promising DLNA-compatibility, IR and wifi to control other devices (not just Sony ones either).
It’s going to be Playstation certified, meaning you can play games on it. Not Angry Birds, full-on, real games, by real games developers! It’s even supporting classics from the original Playstation (I assume by linking this to the PSN Store, like on the PS3 and PSPGO)
What I love most though is it’s lack of iPad cloning. While Apple set the mould for the tablet market, it doesn’t mean they had to write the rulebook. Samsung really let me down with their tablet’s inability to really innovate, but I’m confident with Sony’s huge electronics portfolio they will be able to bring something new to the table.
My only concern is that with Sony’s fingers in so many pies (music, TV, electronics, etc) they may get tempted to lock down Android and prevent you from using other people’s services. I have no evidence to base this concern on, and am more than confident Sony will live by Android philosophy, but it’s what I will be basing much of my purchasing decision on.
Release in the UK is due for the end of September, 2011. It’s available for pre-order at Sony’s store, (£399 for 16gb, £479 for 32gb). (Thanks for the info steersy1973)

The “Sony Tablet” S and “Sony Tablet” P.

Full press release

The design is very slick, matching Sony’s other device’s branding, such as the PSPGO and their upcoming PS TV, and I’m very pleased to see it’s running Android.

In terms of features, well, where to begin? Besides offering fast web browsing, wifi/3g, SD slot, USB port and all the other marketing talk you’d expect on a tablet, it’s promising DLNA-compatibility, IR and wifi to control other devices (not just Sony ones either).

It’s going to be Playstation certified, meaning you can play games on it. Not Angry Birds, full-on, real games, by real games developers! It’s even supporting classics from the original Playstation (I assume by linking this to the PSN Store, like on the PS3 and PSPGO)

What I love most though is it’s lack of iPad cloning. While Apple set the mould for the tablet market, it doesn’t mean they had to write the rulebook. Samsung really let me down with their tablet’s inability to really innovate, but I’m confident with Sony’s huge electronics portfolio they will be able to bring something new to the table.

My only concern is that with Sony’s fingers in so many pies (music, TV, electronics, etc) they may get tempted to lock down Android and prevent you from using other people’s services. I have no evidence to base this concern on, and am more than confident Sony will live by Android philosophy, but it’s what I will be basing much of my purchasing decision on.

Release in the UK is due for the end of September, 2011. It’s available for pre-order at Sony’s store, (£399 for 16gb, £479 for 32gb). (Thanks for the info steersy1973)