BERLIN: Sony has confirmed the specifications and release date for its upcoming Android Honeycomb tablets, as the firm looks to go head-to-head with the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The Sony Tablet S could tempt buyers with some impressive specifications, including a 9.4in WXGA display with a 1,280x800 resolution.
The Android Honeycomb 3.1 tablet is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 1GHz processor, and includes a micro USB port and SD card slot as well as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and infra-red functionality.
Additional features include an accelerometer, gyrosensor, digital compass and ambient light sensor.
Customers can choose 16GB or 32GB of storage, and the initial Wi-Fi-only device weighs 598g, making it lighter than the iPad 2.
Sony claims that the Tablet S provides up to eight hours of battery life, making it suitable for all-day use. The tablet will also be upgradable to Android 3.2 shortly after launch.
The Sony Tablet S will start shipping in September and is available to pre-order now from Sony Centres, Currys, PC World and John Lewis. The 16GB Wi-fi model retails at £499, and 16GB Wi-fi/3G model due in November is the same price.
Meanwhile, the dual-screen Sony Tablet P comes with two 5.5in ultra wide VGA displays with a resolution of 1,024x480, and resembles a Nintendo DS.
The Sony Tablet P is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and comes with a choice of 4GB or 16GB of internal storage. The device also has a micro-SD card slot (2GB provided) and will ship with the latest Android Honeycomb 3.2.
Dimensions of 79x180x26mm and a weight of 372g mean that the Tablet P can be carried around in a pocket for long periods of time.
The dual-screen device is due in November and will be slightly more expensive than the 9.4in model at around £530.
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