PlayStation tablet date, price, specs

Sony's Tablets S and P very soon.

Sony's PlayStation-certified tablets have been renamed, dated and priced.

What were known as S1 and S2 are now called Tablet S and Tablet P, respectively.

Tablet S (S1) is the iPad lookalike. This will be released in September. In the UK, Tablet S prices are 399 (16GB, Wi-Fi), 479 (32GB, Wi-Fi) and 499 (16GB, 3G and Wi-Fi).

Tablet P (S2) - the dual-screen, folding tablet - will be released in November. In the UK, the sole Tablet P price is 499 (4GB, 3G and Wi-Fi).

Both Tablets can access the PlayStation Suite, the digital marketplace that sells old PS1 games. Android games and apps can also be accessed.

The Tablet S has a slight curve on the back of one long edge that lifts the device from the surface it rests on. All display pictures show the device in landscape orientation. Can we assume it is therefore tailored for that orientation? Will it work as well - or at all - in portrait? The screen measures 9.4 inches.

Tablet S and Tablet P features include TruBlack display, web browsing, a full on-screen keyboard, built-in infra-red Universal Remote, built-in DLNA media apps, Android apps and games, Video Unlimited, Music Unlimited and the Reader Store.

Tablet S uses Android Honeycomb 3.1, packs an Nvidia Tegra 2 1GHz processor, offers a 5 megapixel camera and has an eight-hour battery life. The Wi-Fi models weigh 598 grams; the 3G model weighs 625 grams.

Tablet P closes together to form a curvy rectangular box. The two screens measure 5.5 inches.

Tablet P shares all the same technical specifications as the Tablet S, although it weighs less at 372 grams and its batter lasts an hour less - seven hours.

Tablet P has the added ability of using its two screens independently. When playing a game, for instance, the action can be displayed up top while a touch-screen d-pad and PlayStation face buttons can be displayed below.

Reviews and impressions of the Tablet S and P can be found on various UK media tech sites now.

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