We last saw the Sony S1 crawling its way through the pipelines of the FCC, and while its presence there implied it might be well on its way to release, it was by no means definitive. Continuing the non-definitive trail is a recent leak that implies one of Sony’s new tablets could arrive at the tail end of this summer.
Engadget broke the news, having gained access to a private letter from Sony marketers that entailed an August preorder and September release of one Sony tablet in the UK (and potentially other parts of Europe).
Specifics on the tablet were not listed, and Sony didn’t name either the S1 or the S2 as the device in question. All that was mentioned was that it would offer “unique design features,” an attribute that can be applied to both devices.
The letter said that the device would be available from Sony Direct, John Lewis (a department store in the UK), and one additional, unspecified outlet.
The S1 and S2 — Honeycomb in an All New Package
“Unique design features” sum up the S1 and S2 pretty well. Both tablets will run Android 3.x (likely 3.1 — the latest version of Honeycomb) and have a data connection, but the real aspects to note are their mutually unique chassis.
The S1 (pictured above) will measure 9.4-inches and feature an “off center of gravity design,” which makes it look something like a folded over magazine. The idea is that the S1 will naturally have better viewing angles, and be more ergonomically friendly than flat-backed tablets.
Which of these devices will arrive in Europe is hard to say, with both suitably fitting the description in the letter. We’ll continue to follow the S1 and S2’s progression and eventual arrival to the market.