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Sony reveal their first tablet computers

Sony have finally thrown their hat into the ring of tablet computers after announcing TWO of their own touchscreen devices.

The electronics giant have unveiled the S1 and S2 models, featuring a 9.4-inch display and dual 5.5-inch displays respectively.

And the two gadgets both link in to some of Sony’s already massively popular content.

Codenamed the Sony Tablet S1 and S2, each runs the latest Android 3.0 operating system – dubbed Gingerbread – and will play original PlayStation computer game titles.

This will happen through the PlayStation Suite, being made available to all Android 3.0 devices, from whatever manufacturer.

Sony’s ebook range is also available from the Reader Store while video and music can be downloaded from Qriocity.

The pair also work as a remote control for Sony BRAVIA TVs, allowing users to change channels and volume from the sofa while also sending content to the screen or wireless speakers.

This works through the DLNA Smart TV standard which allows a range of entertainment gadgets and gizmos to ‘talk’ to each other and share content wirelessly.

You can learn more about Smart TVs by clicking this link.

On the S2, its dual-screen can be used to show different content such as emails on one and a keyboard on the other, or combined to create a single larger display.

Due out in the autumn, the duo feature Wi-Fi for a wireless connection to the internet as well as having 3G and 4G superfast mobile broadband built-in.

Sony’s Kunimasa Suzuki says: “Sony Tablet delivers an entertainment experience where users can enjoy cloud-based services on-the-go at any time.

“We’re aiming to create a new lifestyle by integrating consumer hardware with content and network.”

Andy Rubin, of Google, added: “Android 3.0 is a new version of the Android platform with a new holographic user interface that is designed from the ground up for devices with
larger screen sizes, particularly tablets.”

With the iPad 2 selling fast, LG’s 3D tablet on the way and a range of other cheaper Android-based tabs also being introduced, these touchscreen portables are certainly the must-have gadgets for 2011.

But what one do you own? Which are you thinking about buying? For what tasks, entertainment and fun do you use yours? Let us know by leaving a comment…