Sony’s debut tablet on sale in UK next month


‘Tablet S’ will be followed by a Wi-Fi/3G version in November, with the ‘Tablet P’ going on sale the same month 

Sony’s first two tablet devices – the Tablet S and Tablet P – will go on sale in the UK in September and November respectively.

Sony Tablet S will be available from Sony Centres, Currys & PC World and John Lewis, with pre-orders now being taken. A Wi-Fi/3G version of the device will go on sale in November.

Wi-Fi only models of the Tablet S run on Android 3.1 (to be upgradable to Android 3.2) and Wi-Fi/3G models are equipped with Android 3.2. It features a 9.4-inch touchscreen that slopes when placed on a flat surface, which Sony said enhances more visibility and makes typing more comfortable.

It also includes infrared technology and can be used as a fully customisable remote control for multiple home devices including televisions, Blu-ray disc players and home theatre set-ups.

The Sony Tablet P features a folding mechanism. It runs off Android 3.2 and comes with dual 5.5-inch touchscreens. For example, one can be used to watch a video, with the other used to control it. The two screens can also be combined into a single screen for web browsing.

Both tablets are powered by a 1GHz processor and come with a five megapixel HD rear camera and 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. They also include Sony’s TruBlack technology, which Sony said reduces reflection and glare from sunlight or flourecent light for high-contrast visibility.

They come with access to Sony Entertainment Network services. ‘Video Unlimited’ will offer a range of movies and TV episodes available for download with a full store experience available this year. A limited offer for the Sony Tablet will also be introduced at launch. ‘Music Unlimited’, Sony’s cloud-based digital music service, will offer access to over 10 million songs.

Both are PlayStation certified and let users play games for associated devices including original PlayStation games. Sony’s ‘Reader Store’, which is a catalogue of eBooks becoming available in Europe, will be released first in the UK by the end of October.

Users can also share content wirelessly via DLNA-compatible TV sets and other devices, with music also streamed to wireless speakers from the tablets.