The Sony S2 Android tablet is coming to AT&T HSPA+ network, and despite not making its way to AT&T’s upcoming LTE network, the carrier is still calling it a 4G tablet.
The Sony S2 will sport a unique clamshell design, complete with two 5.5-inch touchscreens that open to function as one larger display. The tablet will run Android Honeycomb when it launches later this year. Otherwise, not much is known about the S2, or the S1, which features a thin body that folds over itself similar to a magazine. Sony has teased both in a series of web videos.
The S2 joins the HP TouchPad as AT&T “4G” tablets. Though, like the S2, the TouchPad is destined for AT&T’s HSPA+ network, not LTE.
Critics have called AT&T out on its claims of 4G. Unlike Sprint (WiMAX) and Verizon (LTE), AT&T’s HSPA+ network is built off of the existing 3G technology (HSPA), and not a new network. AT&T is working on an LTE network that better fits the definition of 4G, but for the time being, many refer to AT&T’s HSPA+ network as 3.5G. The same is true with T-Mobile, which also has a HSPA+ network it refers to as being 4G.
AT&T claims it will offer monthly data plans for the Sony S2 tablet, though did not disclose pricing or details.