The Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P will go on sale this autumn.
With so many leaks earlier in the year, Sony's new Tablet S and Tablet P hardly came as a surprise when they made their debuts at the IFA consumer electronics show yesterday. Even so, they have the potential to provide a challenge for Apple's iPad.
The Sony Tablet S will be available later this month, and offers a fairly traditional form factor, with a 9.4-inch touchscreen. It runs the Android 3.1 software with plans to upgrade to Android 3.2 in the near future, and uses Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor. The first version is a Wi-Fi-only model, with a 3G-enabled version coming in November.
The Sony Tablet P has a quirkier double-screened design with two 5.5-inch screens and a clamshell form factor. It has the same processor, and will ship with 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity in November. Both devices have front and rear cameras, USB 2.0 ports and SD card slots.
Sony is putting entertainment at the heart of both devices, with its newly-rebranded Sony Entertainment Network services - yes, the company also revealed yesterday that it is killing off its Qriocity brand. That means Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited for movies, TV shows and music, as well as PlayStation-certified Android games. Sony's Reader e-books store will also be preloaded.