The Sony Tablet S is almost ready for release, with a lot of focus on entertainment and the ability to play PlayStation games. Sony have taken a while to bring this device to market, and they obviously have big plans to continue to develop and market this tablet as a true iPad alternative.
The Sony Tablet S features a 9.4 inch display that is just a little smaller than its major competitors – the Apple iPad at 9.7 inches and the Galaxy Tab at 10.1. The resolution is very impressive at 1280 x 800 pixels, with TruBlack technology being used to enhance the clarity of the display.
Other features include support for 32GB SD cards, a 5MP camera, a microUSB port, and either 16 or 32GB of storage. The processor is a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2, and there is 1GB of RAM included. WiFi and Bluetooth are both supported, although there are no USB or HDMI ports in sight.
The overall design of the unit looks good and is different enough to stand out from other tablets, with a folding design that tapers from a relatively thick 0.75 inches to a sleek 0.3 inches. The official weight is 1.3 pounds, and the ports and buttons can be found inside grooves on either side of the unit.
In terms of software, the Sony Tablet S runs Android 3.1, which is not the latest 3.2 version. However, the enhancements in 3.2 have been relatively small, so most of the latest Android goodness is there. However, in another effort to distinguish this tablet from the competition, Sony have made a number of changes to the stock standard Honeycomb OS.
In terms of its entertainment potential, the Sony Tablet S will be able to access 2.5 million books, 7 million songs, and over 6 million movies and TV shows. Sony are an entertainment giant, and this tablet looks ready to go, coming pre-loaded with Sony Reader, Sony Music Unlimited, and Sony Video Unlimited.
A number of classic PSone and PSP game titles will also work with this tablet, which is definitely one of its biggest selling points. The Sony Tablet S is not out yet, but will sell for $499 for the 16GB model and $599 for the 32GB model.