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Sony announces two new Android 3.0 tablets

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Sony S1 and S2

Sony S1 and S2 tablets, with Android 3.0

Sony has revealed its first foray into the tablets market, currently led by the Apple iPad 2.

Its new tablets, codenamed S1 and S2, will become available in the Autumn.

They will both feature the new Android 3.0 operating system, designed specifically for tablets. See what we thought of Android 3.0 in our Android 3.0 first look video review.

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S1 and S2 specifications

The Sony S1 has a 9.4-inch screen. Sony says that its wedge-shaped and lightweight design makes it easier to grip and hold for hours. It also has infrared, and can be used as a remote control for Sony Bravia TVs, for example switching channel and adjusting volume.

The S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded when the device is being carried. The two screens makes it stand out amongst other tablets. The screens can be used for different functions – watching video on one and controlling video settings on the other, for example. 

The S2 will also have PlayStation functionality, as on the recently launched Sony Ericsson Xperia Play mobile phone.

We expect Sony to announce more specifications as it nears launch, so sign up to the weekly Which? tech email below to keep up to date with the latest news. 

See which tablets – including the Apple iPad 2 – come out top in our lab tests in the Which? tablets review. 

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