Sony Tablet S Release Update: Pre-Order Now for September 16

A few months ago we were bringing you plenty of news about two upcoming Sony tablets, then known as the S1 and the S2. Recently we discovered that they were in fact to be called the Sony Tablet S and the Sony Tablet P tablet respectively and we have news today of the release status of the Sony S as pre-orders are now available.

The Tablet S will have a 9.4-inch LED-lit TruBlack display, runs on Android 3.1 Honeycomb and has an attention-grabbing folding design. It also features built-in Universal IR Remote, DLNA, 5-megapixel rear camera with video capture of 720p, 3-megapixel front facer, USB Micro A Plug support and SD/SDHC slot. There’s also a Tegra 2 dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. News of pre-orders comes to us from Steve Andersen over on TFTS who tells us that both Sony and Amazon are now taking pre-orders for the Sony Tablet S.

The actual release date of the Tablet S is September 16 in the US, so not too much longer to wait, or September 23 if you’re in Canada. The edges of the Tablet S are thicker than a standard tablet because of its ‘folded magazine’ design and this may be a double-edged sword. Although it will provide better grip, some may find it too bulky but that’s very much a personal preference. Sony proprietary streaming services Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited are also included with the tablet.

At the moment there’s no further news on the Sony Tablet P but no doubt we’ll be hearing more on that soon. If you want to see much more about the Sony Tablet S there’s an excellent preview by Tim Stevens over on Engadget, which makes some interesting points. The price of the Tablet S is $499 for the 16GB version or $599 for the 32GB version.

We’re interested to hear what you think about the Sony Tablet S. Could you be swayed by its unique design or do you think it’s more of a novelty than anything else? Do you think the price is reasonable? Let us know by sending us your comments.