Sony details two new tablets that aren't just wannabe iPads

We've known about Sony's plans to crash into the Android tablet scene with two interesting designs — the S1 and S2, as the pair was formerly called — but didn't have much in the way of details. Well, Sony still needs to work on its naming scheme, but the newly christened Tablet S and Tablet P are delivering on a promise to be different.

Both the Tablet S and Tablet P will come in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi/3G variants, have a 5-megapixel camera at the rear and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting, have both a USB port and an SD card expansion slot, and run Android 3.2 and 3.1, respectively (Tablet P could see a boost to 3.2 sometime in the future, however).

Tablet S and P will also both benefit from Sony-centric goodies. They'll be "PlayStation Certified" (meaning you'll be able to play the kind of titles you'd find on the PlayStation Network or PSP, such as Crash Bandicoot), and they'll have the company's Media Remote software built-in, so if you've got a Sony HDTV (Bravia, etc), you should be able to use one of these two tablets as a fancy remote.

It's the design that really sets them off:


Tablet S

Tablet S follows more along the lines of traditional tablet design, though with a little twist. Its form mimics a magazine folded back over itself, with a fatter end that tapers down into a bread-slicin' 0.3 inches of thickness. At 1.3 pounds it's lighter than a laptop but heavier than an e-reader, which is probably just where it needs to be. It's 9.4-inch screen puts it right in iPad territory, too.

Tablet S lands in November in two storage flavors, starting at $500 for 16GB, or $600 for 32GB. You can see some lengthy previews of Sony's Android offering over at ThisIsMyNext and Engadget, if you're into that.


Tablet P

While the guts-'n'-going-ons inside the Tablet P haven't been fleshed out yet, the difference between it and what else is out there is as plain as day at a glance. With a dual-screen design that still has us sadly whispering "Courier" under our breath, the Tablet P sports a pair of 5.5-inch screens and weighs 0.7 pounds.

It's not the only dual-screen tablet that's been put out there, but it definitely strikes us as the most reasonable. Typically companies will try to toss out a double display solution that's more like a laptop, as with Acer's Iconia or the Toshiba Libretto. Tablet P has more in common with Nintendo's 3DS than either of those.

Look for the Tablet P sometime in November.

Via Sony

Image credit: ThisIsMyNext

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