Sony confirms Tablet S and Tablet P devices

Look familiar? Well, they should because these tablets had a launch of sorts way back in April but since then all has been quiet on the Sony tablet front. That's all changed today, with a new name and a shelf date for the much-anticipated devices, now called the Tablet S and Tablet P.

No, we're sure about the new names either, which sound more like developments names than the previous S1 and S2 monikers. Maybe we'll get used to them. Anyway, just to be clear, the Tablet S is the larger 9.4-inch device (formerly the S1), while the dual-screened 5.5-inch S2 is now called the Tablet P. Got that? Good.

They look very different, that's for sure, but features aren't a million miles apart, aside from the size of course. Both use a Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor, Android Honeycomb (Wi-Fi-only models with 3.1 with an upgrade to Android 3.2 later, 3G models with 3.2), front- and rear-facing cameras, a USB 2.0 port and SD card slot.

Both also use Sony's TruBlack technology, which controls the refraction of light between the LCD and the screen, effectively allowing you to use it in bright sunlight (not always the case). You'll also find a keyboard optimised for the tablet's screen, plus compatibility for Sony's Qriocity music and video services, not to mention the PlayStation Suite. You can even use the tablets as universal remotes with Sony's BRAVIA devices too, which is likely to impress your mates.

So all that's left is that all-important shelf date and price information. We can sort of help with that. According to TechRadar, both devices will arrive in Wi-Fi form from the end of September 2011. A Wi-Fi and 3G version of Tablet S will be released in November 2011 as well. Pricing has only been announced for the US so far, starting from $479 for the Tablet S and $599 for Tablet P. That's £293 and £367 respectively, but we know that's unlikely to be the UK pricing. Still, we live in hope.

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