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Sony Tablet S: starting at $499.99, arriving September

August 31, 2011 | 11:50 am


Sony's first tablet, now officially called the Tablet S, is set to hit stores in the middle of September at a price of $499.99.

The Tablet S will feature a 9.4-inch touchscreen, a unique wedge-like shape and run on Google's Android Honeycomb operating system -- which is also featured on competing Motorola Xoom and Samsung GalaxyTab 10.1 tablets.

The $500 price matches that of the entry-level, wi-fi-only, 16-gigabyte Apple iPad. And for that price, Sony's Tablet S will come with an iPad-matching 16 gigabytes of storage and wi-fi-only connections to the Internet. A 32-gigabyte model is set to be released as well at a cost of $599.99.

Both the 16-gigabyte and 32-gigabyte Tablet S units became available for pre-order on Wednesday with a listed release date of "on or about" Sept. 16.

6a00d8341c630a53ef014e88168102970d-800wi The Tablet S was first given the code name of the Sony S1 in April when Sony debuted the device alongside a second tablet, the Sony S2. Well, the S2 has a new name too -- the Sony Tablet P.

But unlike the Tablet S, the Tablet P isn't arriving in September, but rather some not-yet-announced date later this year. It's also not yet available for pre-order and a price hasn't been disclosed either.

The Tablet P also features a look unlike any other tablet on the market, with dual screens and a clamshell-like ability to open and close on itself.

The two touchscreens are 5.5-inch displays and the Tablet P will run on both wi-fi networks and AT&T's 4G network.

Both the Tablet S and Tablet P will be equipped with front and rear cameras for video and photo taking.


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Photos, from top: A side view of the Sony Tablet S; the Tablet S, left, and Tablet P. Credit: Sony