It’s a bit odd to speculate when Sony will formally announce their S1 and S2 tablets. Why? Because the Japanese electronics powerhouse has already been pretty keen on showing off the upcoming devices at various trade events. Heck, we ever got an up-close look at them last week, albeit under glass and with no new details on the pair of Honeycomb tablets. But if it is new details you crave, we are now learning a bit more about Sony’s unique takes on the tablet. A full announcement, along with proper names (S1 and S2 are code names, after all), should be coming just prior to the IFA show kicking off in Berlin on September 2nd.
What we know now is that the S1 will come in four varieties when released: a 16GB WiFi-only model, 16GB WiFi/3G, 32GB WiFi-only, and 32GB WiFi/3G. The S2, which will launch as an AT&T exclusive in the US, will be available in two WiFi/3G models with 16GB and 32GB of storage respectively. The S1 gets additional storage via a full-sized SD card reader.
Little more can be said for the S2, which sports two displays in a clamshell form factor, but new info reveals the S1’s 9.4-inch screen will feature TruBlack and Bravia technologies on board. Battery life is said to be comparable to the iPad 2, and dock and keyboard accessories were mentioned. The S1 will be marketed for home use with PS3 connectivity, DLNA, and built-in infrared remote for controlling your TV or BluRay player.