Sony 'S1' PlayStation tablet incoming

Well, it was first with the news of the PlayStation Phone, so we suspect there's a lot of truth in the Engadget story talking up the Sony 'S1' PlayStation tablet. Just a shame there isn't much of an image to go with all the facts and features.

According to the rumours, the PlayStation tablet, which goes by the codename S1 is a 9.4-inch device that comes with the tablet-friendly Android 3.0 operating system, albeit with a customised interface that's as much Sony as it is Google, with the sound of things. It's also focused on Qriocity, Sony's music, games, ebooks, and videos on demand service and comes preloaded with Sony PS One games, a Bravia Media Remote, and 'PlayStation integration' - the same PlayStation Suite seen on the recent Xperia Play, which should have launched by the time of the tablet's arrival.

The mock-up is no throwaway illustration either. No photos as yet, but sources do describe a 'wrap' design, not unlike an open paperback stuffed into the back pocket apparently or 'a magazine folded backward upon itself such that only a single page is visible to read'. A design that also gives the tablet's display enough angle to comfortably touch-type when placed on a table too. Practically, that should also mean easier one-handed operation and a lighter feel die to a shift in gravity. Clever eh?

Features are said to include a Tegra 2 processor. front- and rear-facing cameras, a USB-A port for USB thumb drives or media devices and a high gloss finish. Still more to come on this front you suspect. When can you get one? September is said to be the shelf date, with a Wi-Fi only version said to be selling for $599 in the US, which is more than the cost of a similar iPad. Likely to stay that way for the UK, so allow an extra £100 for whatever the iPad 2 sells for.

You just know the photos of this will start to appear very soon. When they do, we'll have them online in a flash.

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