Exclusive: New information about Sony tablets

CNET exposes some juicy new details about the Sony S1 tablet, including the launch date and battery life, and a glimpse into the screen technology.

New information has emerged about Sony's S1 tablet. Sony

CNET has learned some new details on Sony's upcoming S1 and S2 tablets.

A source familiar with the company's plans for the Android devices tells us that four versions of the S1 will be available at launch: 16GB Wi-Fi only; 16GB Wi-Fi and 3G; 32GB Wi-Fi; and 32GB Wi-Fi and 3G. The S2 will come in 16GB and 32GB models that have both Wi-Fi and 3G, but no separate Wi-Fi-only variant like the S1, the source says. Those desiring more capacity will be pleased to know that the S1 tablet has a full-size SD memory card reader onboard for additional storage.

The source also pointed out that the S1 features an 9.4-inch IPS display with TruBlack and Bravia display technologies.

We weren't able to confirm the battery life of the S1 tablet, but our source did mention that it's "comparable to the iPad 2." The battery life of the S2 is unknown, but could possibly suffer from the dual-screen setup. Several accessories will also be made available for the S1, including a dock and at least one Bluetooth keyboard. The top of the BT keyboard described to CNET curves slightly, which may allow it to clip onto the bottom of the S1 when not in use, the source adds.

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• First Take: Sony S1 and S2 tablets
• Sony debuts S1 and S2 tablets (photos)

The Japanese company is expected to launch the S1 and S2 right before IFA 2011 in Berlin (the largest consumer electronics show in Europe), which runs from September 2-7. In conjunction with the launch, the real names of the tablets will be revealed, and the source says they could be very similar to the current S1/S2 pseudonym.

Sony aims to market the S1 as a tablet for the home, for several reasons, including PS3 connectivity (DLNA and possible remote play/remote keyboard), and the previously announced onboard infrared remote feature, which allows the tablet to control TVs, Blu-ray players, and other devices.

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