Sony today announced its foray into the hotly contested tablet market with two Honeycomb devices codenamed S1 and S2.
Sony positions the 9.4-inch S1 as a device that’s “optimized for rich media entertainment,” while the dual 5.5-inch screen S2 is designed to be “ideal for mobile communication and entertainment.”.
S1 has a 9.4-inch display for enjoying the web and rich content on a large screen. Its off-center of gravity design realizes stability and ease of grip as well as a sense of stability and lightness, offering comfortable use for hours.
S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded for easy portability. In contrast to existing tablets, its unprecedented dual screen presentation and usability allows its displays to be combined and used as a large screen or for different functions such as playing video on one screen while showing control buttons on the other.
The design of the S1 is typical Sony minimalist and we like that Sony designer have opted to stay away from a more conventional slab form factor to this “folded” form factor which is both refreshing and unique.
Both the S1 and S2 will run Android 3.0 with WiFi and 3G/4G compatibility. Availability is expected to be sometime in September.
This is something we’re definitely looking forward to. Head over to after the jump for a promo video, picture galley and the official press release from Sony.
The BlackBerry PlayBook has been heavily criticised for the lack of a native email and other personal information management software client and while we can’t fault the QNX platform’s superiority in web browsing and multi-tasking functionality, the other shortcomings of the PlayBook makes it a less than ideal device someone who doesn’t own a BlackBerry device.
But what does RIM have to say about all this? RIM’s Co-CEO Jim Balsillie spoke to Bloomberg to explain the company’s strategy behind the PlayBook and answers the question “why should consumers buy the PlayBook over the iPad 2?”
Bonus after the jump: Wall Street Journal spoke to Jim Balsillie on the reason behind not including a native email client in the PlayBook.