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Sony shows off S1 tablet running Playstation Suite

Short video shows the anticipated Sony tablet in action

It’s probably a given that the upcoming Sony tablets will center on gaming integration more so than its competitors. Fortunately for gamers out there, Sony has taken some time this week to tease some features of the S1 tablet.

Thanks to a 2-minute video from NotebookItalia, the Playstation Suite can be seen running on the device. The spokesperson did not go into detail on exactly what the tablet can do with the gaming-centric software, however, but the promo does give us an idea on the chassis, the number of ports and the overall look. For example, the S1 is now expected to sport an IR blaster for communicating with other consumer electronics. This is similar to the Vizio tablet, which includes an IR blaster as well.

Additional details are still low, but NotebookItalia is looking at a launch price of 599 euros (840 USD) for the S1 tablet. Hopefully Sony will release a more hands-on and informative video next time around highlighting the software quality of the device.

The Sony S1 will be a 9.4-inch, 1GHz Tegra 2 tablet with Android Honeycomb and a curved design optimized for one-handed use. A launch later this year for the S1 is widely expected.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-07-11 (Update: 2012-05-26)