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Previewing the Sony Tablet S and Tablet P with Honeycomb

The world of Android tablets is about to get a little more crowded. We first saw Sony’s ambitions into this realm earlier this year, but the official launch of the Sony Tablet S and the Tablet P is just around the corner. So, let’s take a quick preview of what you can expect.

With the Tablet S, you get a more conventional “slate” style design, but they’ve opted for an unconventional 9.4-inch TruBlack display to go along with the NVIDIA Tegra2 processor. There’s a full size SD card slot, dual cameras, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and your chocie of 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. From the side, you get a unique “angle” or tapering to the design too. The display is “very good” and Android 3.1 has been customized by Sony. They’ve also included something called “Quick View” that’s supposed to expedite page load times in the web browser, plus a new home screen with your favorite content.

Like the Xperia Play, the Tablet S is also PlayStation Certified, though you don’t get the hardware controls. While it’s not like the Eee Pad Transformer’s dock, there is also an official Bluetooth keyboard available too. In any case, the Tablet S will ship next month for $499 (16GB) and $599 (32GB) and preorders are being taken now.

Personally, I’m more intrigued by the Tablet P, the dual-screen Android tablet that we had previously known as the Sony Tablet S2. There are two 5.5-inch TruBlack displays, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, dual cameras, 4GB storage, full size SD slot, and “Sony Services.” And yes, it does the PlayStation Certified thing too, which totally lends itself to a DS/3DS comparison. No pricing info has been announced, but they are planning a release later this year.

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A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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