Some new details have surfaced regarding Sony’s upcoming S1 and S2 tablets.
The company plans to launch the two tablets in September at the IFA 2011 in Berlin, where the real names of the devices will be revealed, though they are said to be very similar to the current S1/S2 pseudonyms. The S1 is rumored to sell in four versions: 16GB Wi-Fi only; a 16GB Wi-Fi and 3G; 32GB Wi-Fi; and 32GB Wi-fi and 3G. The S1 will also feature a full-size SD memory card reader for those who require more storage space.
However, the S2 will not be offered with a Wi-Fi only option. Instead, consumers will choose from a 16GB or 32GB model, both supporting Wi-Fi and 3G networks.
The S1, which Sony aims to market as a home tablet, sports a 9.4-inch IPS display with TruBlack and Bravia display technologies, and also includes PS3 connectivity and an onboard infrared remote feature. The battery life of the device is said to be comparable to the iPad 2, though this has not been confirmed. Accessories for the S1, such as a dock and a Bluetooth keyboard, are also said to become available after the launch.
As for the S2, Sony has kept hush on details regarding this clamshell tablet. The battery life of the S2 is unknown at this time, but the dual-screen display could pose a problem.