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AT&T to be the exclusive carrier of the Sony S2 tablet

The dual screen, 5.5-inch S2 tablet will be supporting AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network at launch

The largest U.S. cell phone carrier has announced Wednesday that it will be bringing the Sony S2 tablet to the states.

AT&T provides the speed and coverage that are integral to the different features and functions of our tablet,” said Mike Lucas, senior vice president of Networked Technology and Services Division at Sony Electronics. According to the press release, the Sony S2 tablet will be compatible with AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network, meaning it will skip out on AT&T’s LTE network.

Announced back in April alongside the Sony S1, the Android-powered S2 will be one of the more unique tablet devices with its dual 5.5-inch 1024x480 resolution screens. As such, we expect users to be able to watch videos on one screen while web surfing on the other, or be able to play games from the PlayStation Suite with a virtual gamepad. An IR blaster will also be built-in, allowing for universal remote functionality with Bravia televisions.

The dual-screen Sony tablet popped up at the FCC just last month, indicating 2.4GHz WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity options. The Japanese electronics conglomerate seems to be favoring the AT&T network for U.S. launches, as even the upcoming PlayStation Vita will come with data plan options tied to the same network.

The Sony S1 tablet has been making headlines recently, so it’s a relief that the S2 model hasn’t been forgotten about. While AT&T will be offering monthly data plans for the device, any official distribution and pricing information will have to wait until a later date. The S1 has been rumored to come this September, hopefully with the S2 not too far behind.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-07-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)