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Sony announces launch date of new tablet devices

Sony Tablet S available from September, Sony Tablet P from November

Sony announces launch date of new tablet devices
The dual-screen Sony Tablet P and the single screen Sony Tablet S will be available by the end of 2011.

Sony's first two tablet models will begin to be available from September 2011. The Sony Tablet S is designed for rich media entertainment and features a 9.4-inch touchscreen display, while the Sony Tablet P is designed for mobile communication and entertainment and features a folding design and dual screens.

The Sony Tablet S runs on the Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor and the Wi-Fi version weighs 598g.

A Wi-Fi/3G version of the device will be available from November 2011.

The Sony Tablet P weighs 372g, features the same Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor and offers connectivity via Wi-Fi and 3G mobile networks.

The dual 5.5-inch touchscreen displays can be folded to make the device more portable, with dimensions of 79x180x26mm.

The Wi-Fi only models are equipped with Android 3.1, which can be upgraded to Android 3.2, and Wi-Fi/3G models are equipped with Android 3.2.

Both Sony Tablet models feature front and rear facing cameras and USB 2.0 port and SD card slots.

Sony Tablet S features a new asymmetric design which shifts the device's weight closer to your palm, designed to make it feel lighter and more comfortable while reading a book or magazine. The screen also slopes when placed on a flat surface, enhancing visibility and improving comfort for typing.

A special cradle, available separately, converts the Sony Tablet S for use as a digital photo frame or digital clock.

The Sony Tablet P's dual touchscreens mean that different applications and functions can be run in each screen.

The two displays can also be combined into a large, single screen for things such as web browsing.

Both Sony Tablet models come equipped with TruBlack technology by Sony, which is designed to control the refraction of light between the LCD and the screen, reducing reflection and glare from sunlight or fluorescent light for high-contrast visibility both indoors and out.

Both Sony Tablets are PlayStation Certified, meaning that users enjoy games designed for PlayStation Certified devices, including original PlayStation games, on the tablet.

The devices also come with the Reader Store, which features a range of e-books and periodicals and will launch in the UK by the end of October.

The Sony Tablet S includes infrared technology, and can be used as a fully customisable remote control for multiple home devices including your television, Blu-ray Disc player and home theatre set-up.

Both Sony Tablet devices are compatible with Media Remote which allows users to control Sony devices including Bravia through Wi-Fi.

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