Consumer electronics giant Sony has taken the wrappers off its first two tablet devices, which will be taking on Apple’s iPad 2 from this Autumn.
The two devices are codenamed the S1 and S2, and will both run Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb software, which is powering an increasing number of tablets in 2011. The S1 will have a 9.4-inch touchscreen, while the S2 will have two 5.5-inch displays that fold up, in a similar way to Nintendo’s DS and 3DS handheld gaming devices.
Both devices will be tightly integrated with Sony’s cloud entertainment services, including its Qriocity music and video offerings, and its PlayStation Suite gaming service. The Sony Reader e-books store will also be preloaded on the devices, and they’ll be able to stream music and video to TVs and wireless speakers.
“Sony Tablet delivers an entertainment experience where users can enjoy cloud-based services on-the-go at any time,” says Kunimasa Suzuki, SVP and deputy president of Sony’s consumer products & services division. “We’re aiming to create a new lifestyle by integrating consumer hardware, including Sony Tablet with content and network.”
Co-incidentally (or perhaps not) the announcement comes as Sony faces high-profile outages for Qriocity and PlayStation Network – both services were taken offline last Wednesday after what the company describes as an “external intrusion”, and have yet to come back online.