The last video teaser we saw of the Sony S1 and S2 tablets, the company was strapping them to a Rube Goldberg-style machine and hardly telling us anything at all. Happily a brief demo of the Android Honeycomb prototypes in Munich this week has been more elucidating; while Sony still isn’t saying much about final specs or software, at least Golem got to briefly play with the slates.
The S1’s 9.7-inch display, folded-magazine style tapered form factor and light, 600g weight met with approval, the wedge shape make for something easy to hold. Sony apparently had Crash Bandicoot running on the tablet, with the on-screen PlayStation controls straightforward to use. The company is still generally quiet, but has apparently confirmed PlayStation Suite compatibility.
As for the S2, that’s a lot more compact than we initially expected – the clamshell form-factor hiding its dual 5.5-inch touchscreens well – and does a decent job of minimizing the gap between the two panels. Sony hasn’t confirmed pricing or availability, but previous leaks have suggested a September launch in Europe which could well mean an IFA 2011 official reveal.