Sony S1 and S2 Tablets set for September release

We've been hearing about them for months, but at last some hard information is emerging about Sony's S1 and S2 tablets: according to gadget site This Is My Next, Sony Centre stores in Britain will be accepting pre-orders for the S1 from the 1st of September. Sony Centres will be the "preferred retailers for the S1", with extensive staff training and, presumably, most of the initial stock. but Sony hasn't yet announced when the stock will actually go on sale.

Earlier this week, Sony let the press have a bit of a play with both the wedge-shaped S1 and the clamshell S2. Both devices will run the Honeycomb version of Google Android, and Engadget suggests that Sony's applied some of its screen genius to its tablets: the displays deliver very wide viewing angles and pin-sharp precision. Engadget also reports that the S1's wedge shape makes it particularly comfortable to hold.

Both the S1 and the S2 are PlayStation certified, which means they'll run PSP games and first-generation PlayStation games, although PC World says that the S2 makes the better gaming device: it has two screens, which means the bottom one can be used for controls and the top one to actually display the game. Both tablets feature cameras, dual-core processors and Wi-Fi, but only the S2 will have mobile internet access too. It's possible that the S2 may be available on contract with a subsidy from the mobile phone networks, but for now that's purely speculation.

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