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April 26, 2011

BREAKING: Sony’s S1 and S2 are the Playstation Tablets

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Written by: Dalibor Dimovski
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Developing: Sony has just announced the debut of its S1 and S2 tablet devices.

Both tablets feature the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS and carry the Playstation Suite branding, but are designed in very different ways.

The 9.4″ S1 features a “magazine-style” design, incorporates front- and rear-facing cameras, a Tegra 2 chipset, and a “Quick and Smooth” touch interface.  The device is aimed at multimedia, including the company’s new “Swift” web browser and the Playstation Suite, a collection of PS1 games designed for play on touch screens.  Shown during the just-completed press conference was a demo of Crash Bandicoot (yay?) on the device with on-screen buttons and joystick, similar to how touch screen sticks work on the iPad.  The device can even be used as a remote for several Sony devices and television sets via infrared.

More interestingly, the S2 tablet incorporates two 5.5-inch screens in a clamshell.  The on-screen Playstation buttons remain mostly on the bottom screen, with the L & R buttons awkwardly on the top touch screen.  It’s like a higher-def Nintendo DS, with better touch screens and no games that we’ll actually want.

Both tablets are due in the Fall, which is ample time for the inevitable iPad 3 and iPhone 5 rumors to essentially kill them before release.

The sarcasm is brought to you by the accidental decaf coffee I just drank.  Damn you, Folgers.

Sony’s Press Release



About the Author

Dalibor Dimovski
Dali is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of SideQuesting, as well as the co-Founder of CarDesignFetish and the founder of MakLink. Dali is also a car designer, deejay, and introductory beer-brewer.




4 Comments


  1. Nathan Andrews

    It’s not the lack of caffeine talking. I get a huge ‘Who cares’ vibe out of that, too.

    It’s almost to the point where we’re already seeing new devices come in as “Me Too!” types of things.


  2. Well, if anyone can make a nice tablet device, it’s Sony. I just hate thinking that I’ve seen it all already with tablets by now. I need something new.

    These will see about as well as Sony’s eReader did… which wasn’t much.


  3. Nathan Andrews

    Oh, I’m sure it will be fantastic. Well put together, great performance, and an overall nice feel.

    But again. We already have some high-quality Honeycomb tablets on the market, and more by the time this one launches.

    Without something stellar to set itself apart (PS1 games don’t count, since we can already do that on every other mid-to-high-end Android device), it just inspires a feeling of ‘meh’.


  4. It’s not too surprising that Sony is entering the tablet game, but the S2 almost seems doomed before it even launches. The Echo has been laughed at universally, and while two screens have become accepted in gaming, it seems like a concept that will probably never work out in a product such as tablets where you want to surf the Web. Although it is interesting to note that several months ago a drawing similar to the S2 leaked around the Web as a design for a PlayStation related product, so it’s interesting to see that the design was indeed real, it was just the wrong product.



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