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Sony S1 and S2 Android 3.0 tablets get official: due Fall 2011 [Video]

Sony has announced two Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets, currently codenamed S1 and S2, which it promises are optimized for "rich media entertainment" and "mobile communication and entertainment" respectively. Each set to launch globally in fall 2011, the S1 has a single 9.4-inch touchscreen, while the S2 has two 5.5-inch touchscreens and a clamshell form-factor. There's also WiFi and 3G/4G support, depending on region and networks available, while the S1 will also have an infrared transmitter allowing it to be used as a huge universal remote. DLNA support on both models allows users to stream their content to compatible TVs. The S2 will be able to either spread apps and content across both displays, or show a virtual keyboard or other controls on the bottom panel. There'll also be Qriocity streaming media and PlayStation Suite gaming to be had, though right now Sony isn't talking about any more specifications and even the designs you see in these images is subject to change. [gallery] [via SlashGear] Press Release:
Sony Announces Optimally Designed “Sony Tablet” with Android 3.0 that Complements Network Services for an Immersive Entertainment Experience ~Also strengthening VAIO in expanding PC markets~ Sony Corporation (“Sony”), announces “Sony Tablet” that delivers the perfect combination of hardware, content and network with seamless usability for a high-quality, engaging entertainment experience. Based on decades of engineering heritage, Sony is developing two tablets with unprecedented design, including S1 (codename) which is optimized for rich media entertainment and S2 (codename) which is ideal for mobile communication and entertainment. “Sony Tablet” will become available in the global market starting in fall 2011. “Sony Tablet” is equipped with the latest Android 3.0 which is designed for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. Both tablets are WiFi and WAN (3G/4G) compatible and users can not only browse the internet or check e-mail but they can also smoothly access digital content including videos, games and books through Sony’s premium network services and more, on-the-go at any time. S1 has a 9.4-inch display for enjoying the web and rich content on a large screen. Its off-center of gravity design realizes stability and ease of grip as well as a sense of stability and lightness, offering comfortable use for hours. S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded for easy portability. In contrast to existing tablets, its unprecedented dual screen presentation and usability allows its displays to be combined and used as a large screen or for different functions such as playing video on one screen while showing control buttons on the other. “‘Sony Tablet’ delivers an entertainment experience where users can enjoy cloud-based services on-the-go at any time. We’re aiming to create a new lifestyle by integrating consumer hardware, including ‘Sony Tablet’ with content and network,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, Corporate Executive, SVP, and Deputy President of Consumer Products & Services Group. “Android 3.0 is a new version of the Android platform with a new holographic user interface that is designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. I'm excited about “Sony Tablet” as it will further spur the development of applications and network offerings which users are looking for.” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President, Mobile, Google Inc. Also, in the mobile computing category, the market for PCs which realize high productivity is expected to steadily grow, particularly in emerging markets. Therefore, Sony will also remain committed to strengthening its VAIO brand and introduce increasingly compelling products which offer new value propositions to the market. “Sony Tablet” features. ■Designed for portability and intuitive gripping With its off-center of gravity form factor, the 9.4-inch S1 offers stability and a sense of lightness, offering comfortable use for hours. The dual screen S2 comes with two 5.5-inch displays which can be used together as one large screen to browse websites and more. They can also be used for different functions as users can watch a video on one screen and input commands on the other, or check email on one screen and use the other as a soft keyboard. ■Seamless Usability and Performance Through Sony’s knowhow for combining hardware and software, “Sony Tablet” realizes optimal usability and performance. Because of Sony’s rapid response technologies, users can perform smooth, quick touch-screen operations and enjoy fast and efficient website loading. The keyboard arrangement is also optimized for the large screen, making email and SNS communication a breeze. ■Rich entertainment experiences through various network services Through Qriocity1 music and video services, users can enjoy rich video and music content. Also, through PlayStation®Suite, users can immerse themselves in high quality first generation PlayStation® titles. Additionally, users can easily download ebook content from Reader™Store2 and use both tablets as digital reading devices. The integration with various services allows users to take their entertainment experiences on-the-go. Furthermore, “Sony Tablet” is equipped with functionality that organizes content for easy access. ■Remote access functionality with AV devices Through “Sony Tablet”, users can control home entertainment devices as well as enjoy content in new ways. S1 uses infrared technology and works as universal remote controls for a variety of AV devices starting with . Users can perform functions like turning on their TVs, changing the channel and adjusting the volume. Also, through DLNA functionality on “Sony Tablet”, users can “throw” personal content to large screen televisions or music to wireless speakers. In 2010, Sony launched a network platform called “Qriocity” which connects many of Sony’s network-enabled devices, and has been expanding its services into global markets. Also, Sony Computer Entertainment has been providing various contents and services for PlayStation users through PlayStation®Network, which now has over 75 million registered accounts (as of March 20, 2011) worldwide. Simultaneously, Sony will continue to announce various devices which leverage these services. Starting in early 2011, Sony Computer Entertainment announced the next-generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP) while Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications brought “Xperia™PLAY” to the market. Sony is introducing “Sony Tablet” to deliver an entertainment experience which integrates hardware with network services that deliver rich content. With the establishment of Consumer Products and Services Group in April 2011, Sony will focus on accelerating the development of innovative next generation products and aim to deliver a new lifestyle by strengthening the integration of hardware and network services. 1 In markets where service is available 2 In markets where service is available “Sony Tablet”, “Qriocity” and “Reader” are trademarks of Sony Corporation VAIO and are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation PlayStation is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xperia is a trademark of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

T-Mobile G2x Review

Welcome to Android Community's review of the T-Mobile G2x, T-Mobile's first dual-core device, LG's first dual-core device, and back when it when people called its very close relative the Optimus 2x, the first dual-core period. All that doesn't matter though because there this sassy little lady is, and it's bumpin. Over the past few days we've been putting this phone through some wild tests and real-world use tests, even playing some games on it, and here we've got the first big verdict.

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Honeycomb Tablet Officially Announced

Our good friends at Acer have let us in on the official release of the Acer Iconia Tab A500, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 TFT WXGA tablet running Android 3.0 Honeycomb that's available exclusively at Best Buy NOW for the price of $449.99. We got to peek at an early build of this wild device by chance back at a jumpin' AT&T party during CTIA 2011, and it wasn't really all that ready to go software-wise, but the hardware was silvery tight and fresh. Now we've got the full lowdown and it's ready to be shared with the whole world.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Hands-On [Plus Price and Release Dates + Eee Slate EP121] with Chris Davies

Our man in London Chris Davies over at SlashGear went on a pretty neat mission today to take a look at ASUS' newest contribution to our ever-expanding world of exciting tech with the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. What we're looking at here is a brand spanking new Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet that can also slip into a keyboard to become what appears at first to be a fully functional laptop. Will it hold up to its fashionable good looks? Also we've got the prices and releases of both the tablet and its laptop partner below!

LG Optimus 3D goes to the FCC

Another 3D handset makes it's way for approval by Uncle Sam. The LG Optimus 3D, which is being tested for GSM as well as T-Mobile's WCDMA bands, looks to be taking a sure path to coming to the US Market. The bands being tested include GSM bands 850 and 1900, and WCDMA bands 1700 and 1900. But with the AT&T-Mobile merger looming, what fate will it hold for LGs 3D phone?

HTC EVO 3D and HTC EVO View 4G Accessories Rundown

Whilst taking a hands-on look at the devices Sprint had to offer at their first special event at CTIA 2011, we had a glance at what they'd have in stock for their big launch. The devices in question were the HTC EVO 3D and the HTC EVO View 4G, both of these Android devices and both of them ripe for the casing. The HTC EVO View 4G again is a handheld tablet with a stylus that's aka the USA version of the HTC Flyer first introduced at Mobile World Congress 2011. The HTC EVO 3D is a 3D capable handset comparable in size to the new HTC ThunderBolt (save for its lack of a kickstand and addition of a camera duo on the back.)

Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-On

We've been given the opportunity to take a hands-on peek behind the scenes at Samsung with a fully functional Samsung Galaxy S II phone running Android 2.3.1 with TouchWiz 4.0 over the top. In addition to the hands-on video we've got here, we've also got a demonstration of some of the more fun gesture-based elements in TouchWix 4.0 [as presented by] our main homie Philip Berne. The Samsung Galaxy S II handset is an impressive device - one that I mistakenly call the thinnest device in Samsung's line of phones.*

HTC EVO View 4G Hands-On via SlashGear

Sprint just unveiled the HTC EVO View 4G tablet today during their special event at CTIA 2011. The tablet appears to be the CDMA/WiMAX U.S. version of the HTC Flyer. We first caught a glimpse of the HTC Flyer back at MWC last month, however, that version wasn't quite ready for a hands-on. The HTC EVO View 4G, on the other hand, is ready for some action.

Sprint EVO 3D Official

Today at CTIA, Sprint officially introduced the HTC Evo 3D. Touting it as a glasses free experience, the EVO 3D has a 4.3" 960x540 qHD display, dual 5MP cameras, and a screaming 1.2 GHz dual core processor. The EVO 3D will be running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with the latest HTC Sense overlay. Designed for Sprint's 4G/WiMax network, the Evo 3D is built for speed and will be powered by 1730 mAh battery to avoid battery life problems plagued by other 4G handsets.

Sprint HTC EVO View 4G tablet official

Sprint has officially announced the HTC EVO View 4G, the CDMA/WiMAX version of the HTC Flyer revealed last month. Described by CEO Dan Hesse as "not faux-g, 4G", the tablet will have a 7-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen, 1.5GHz single-core Snapdragon processor and front and rear cameras (5-megapixels on the back, 1.3-megapixels on the front). There's also a mobile hotspot app that will be able to share the tablet's 4G connection with up to eight WiFi-connected devices, for an extra $29.99 per month on top of your voice and data package, along with DLNA support for streaming media to nearby HDTVs and other devices. On top of Android 2.4 Gingerbread is HTC's Sense UI, complete with integration with Evernote so that the EVO View 4G's digital stylus can be used to take handwritten notes and sync them into the cloud. The HTC EVO View 4G will be one of 22 4G devices Sprint is promising to have in its line-up by this summer. The carrier is yet to confirm pricing, but the tablet will arrive this summer with 32GB of storage. [gallery] HTC EVO View 4G fact sheet:
Bringing the award-winning EVO experience to a tablet HTC EVO View 4G™ brings the best of the EVO experience to a sleek, easy-to-carry tablet design. As the perfect combination e-reader, media player and portable computing device, HTC EVO View 4G offers a 7-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen display with pinch-to-zoom for a premium entertainment experience with HD-quality video and rich Web browsing experience. It features two cameras – a 5.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera. With integrated HD-video (720p) capture and the 4G speeds of HTC EVO View 4G, slow uploads and grainy video are a thing of the past. Using HTC Scribe Technology™, HTC EVO View 4G will offer a new way to interact with a tablet. HTC Scribe introduces the HTC Scribe™ digital pen (sold separately) to the tablet experience and unlocks new capabilities. When combined with Evernote™, a leading notes application and service, the user will have the ability to capture and make notes on Web pages, ebooks, PDF documents and more, in an easy and natural way. PRODUCTIVITY · Android operating system · HTC Scribe Technology enabling enhanced voice-synchronized note taking with the HTC Scribe digital pen using Timemark to capture the audio of a meeting at the same time as written notes · Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, Voice Actions and YouTube™ · Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync), personal (POP & IMAP) email and instant messaging · 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously · Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience · 4G data speeds (WiMAX) – peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps · 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) – peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps · Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g/n) · Integrated GPS ENTERTAINMENT · Dual cameras – a 5.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera – HTC EVO View 4G unleashes the ability to create, stream and watch video or video chat with the Qik mobile app · Blockbuster On Demand® to rent or purchase the hottest new releases on the same day they become available on Blu-ray and DVD · Sprint Zone, Sprint Mobile Wallet, Sprint Football Live, Sprint Family Locator, Sprint Navigation and NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM · Media player with 3.5 mm stereo headset jack · Stereo Bluetooth 3.0 SPECIFICATIONS · 1.5GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® Processor · Dimensions: 7.7 inches (195.4 mm) x 4.4 inches (112.5 mm) x 0.5 inches (13.2 mm) · Weight: 14.88 ounces (421.84 grams) · Display: 7-inch (177.8 mm), 1024 x 600 touchscreen display with pinch-to-zoom · 32GB internal memory, 1GB RAM; microSD slot (supports up to 32GB memory card) · Battery: 4000 mAh Lithium-ion battery