Sony has finally announced its entrance into the tablet market with an Android-based device, as the firm aims to emulate the runaway success of the Apple iPad.
The Japanese manufacturer will release two tablets as part of the Sony Tablet range this autumn, and the devices are set to run the Android Honeycomb operating system.
Specifications are thin on the ground at this stage, but the S1 is expected to come with a 9.4in display, making it similar in size to the iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom.
The S1 will come with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and access to video and music content via the Qriocity service. It will also enable users to buy e-books through the Reader store.
Customers will also be able to use the S1 as a universal remote and share content between devices through DLNA connectivity.
Meanwhile, the S2 will ship with dual-screen 5.5in displays to view different content simultaneously and fold the device to increase portability. The S2 will run the Android operating system, but no other details have been confirmed.
"Sony Tablet delivers an entertainment experience where users can enjoy cloud-based services on the go at any time," said Kunimasa Suzuki, corporate executive, senior vice president and deputy president of Sony's consumer products & services group.
"We're aiming to create a new lifestyle by integrating consumer hardware, including Sony Tablet, with content and network."
V3.co.uk contacted Sony to obtain a full specification of the Sony Tablets, but the firm said that additional details including the price will be released nearer the launch.
The Sony Tablet range could struggle to gain traction, as the market will be flooded with devices including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the HTC Flyer, both of which are expected to be popular at launch.
Sony has struggled in the smartphone market and the firm could find it difficult to make up the head start it has given to its competitors, particularly Apple.
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