Sony takes on Apple for tablet dominance

Sony has unveiled its first entry in the tablet market: two Android-based devices codenamed the S1 and S2.

Sony Tablet

Both will run on the Android 3.0 operating system, with cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity. The S1 will have a 9.4-inch display while the S2, which can be folded in half, will consist of two 5.5-inch displays.

The devices have been generically termed ’Sony Tablets’ and users will be able to use them control other home entertainment devices, such as their TVs.

The Japanese electronics giant claimed both Sony Tablets will launch in the final quarter of this year, but pricing details or potential deals with mobile operators weren’t discussed.

The launches will complement Sony’s digital content play, such as its cloud-based service Qricocity, and indicates that its joint venture company Sony Ericsson won’t launch any tablet devices.

Kunimasa Suzuki, senior VP and deputy president of Sony’s consumer products and services group, said, “Users can enjoy cloud-based services on-the-go at any time. We’re aiming to create a new lifestyle by integrating consumer hardware, including Sony Tablets with content and network.”

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