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Report: PlayStation tablet detailed

$600 S1 to follow Xperia Play's lead?

First details have emerged about Sony's upcoming gaming tablet, if an Engadget report is to be believed.

According to sources close to Sony, the gadget, which was first hinted at by Sony boss Kaz Hirai at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, is code-named S1 and will run off a Tegra 2 processor.

Engadget claims that it will run a custom version of the Android Honeycomb OS, feature full integration for Sony's Qriocity cross-media platform and, like the Xperia Play, come pre-loaded with classic PSone games.

The site also has a mock-up of the device, which shows an eccentric folded design that looks like a paperback bent back on itself. A source apparently dubbed it "the best thing" they had ever seen from Sony.

A September launch is mooted with a $599 price tag attached – that's $100 more than an iPad and $300 more than a PlayStation 3.

The Xperia Play smartphone, which after months of speculation is now set in stone, will launch in April, with full PlayStation Store functionality coming later in the year.

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