Sony officially announced two tablets, the S1 and S2, back in April. It turns out the S1 is currently moving through the pipelines of the FCC, as Sony seeks to have the tablet’s wireless connectivity options approved by the government.
Sony ultimately submitted six different versions of the S1, which are most likely differentiated by the country they will ultimately be sold in, and possibly internal storage options and/or color schemes.
Reports have tried to pick apart the six listings, which are: SGPT1111US/S, SGPT1112US/S, SGPT1111CA/S, SGPT1112CA/S, SGPT1113JP/S, and SGPT1114JP/S. It’s assumed that the endings are country identifiers for the U.S., Canada and Japan.
In the FCC listing, there’s no mention of a cellular connection for either the US or CA models. The JP models are listed as featuring WCDMA bands II and V and an Ericsson F5521gw HSPA+ modem.
According to reports, this would make the S1 compatible with either AT&T or Rogers (a Canadian wireless carrier). Obviously neither company would offer services in Japan, however, so the speculation is all a bit muddled.
The S1 will run Android 3.x (most likely whatever the latest tablet version of the OS is when it launches), feature a 9.4-inch screen, and feature a unique aesthetic form that resembles that of a folded magazine which should enable easier one-handed use. Sony expects to ship the S1 and S2 this fall.