Sony Launches Sony Tablet S

I got an e-mail today from Sony announcing the launch of their new Android tablet, the Sony Tablet S. I’ll quote the press release:

Available for pre-sale today and on shelves in September, Sony Tablet S is optimized for rich media entertainment on its 9.4-inch touchscreen display. With a powerful NVIDIA®Tegra™ 2 CPU processor, Sony Tablet S allows consumers to enjoy the web and their favourite content and applications on its large high-resolution screen. Weighing in at just about 590 grams, its unique asymmetric design allows for hours of comfortable use. Built-in Wi-Fi® compatibility allows for Internet connectivity virtually anywhere there is a hotspot.

The Sony Tablet S runs on the latest version of Android™ – version 3.1. This model features front and rear facing cameras that allow for video recording and capturing still images. The device also supports USB (micro A/B) interface and SD card for transferring files and data.

Sounds good so far, but there are four things that Sony feels will set it apart from the iPad competition:

The device is distinguished by four key features that set them apart from any other tablets on the market. These include: optimally designed hardware and software, a “swift and smooth” experience, embedded network entertainment services and cross-device functionality.

“The Sony Tablet S delivers digital content, rapid performance, and remote access functionality in a unique and convenient product,” said Doug Wilson, President & COO of Sony Canada. “This device demonstrates a seamless Sony entertainment experience offering consumers smooth access to videos, games, books, and more by combining Sony’s premium network services.

I’ll have to get my hands on one to judge for myself, but it sounds like a tablet that I would be interested in seeing. Expect to pay $500 for the 16GB version and $600 for the 32GB version when it hits stores.

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