Sony Announces New Tablets, Ereader

8/31/2011

The tablet market has been in a frenzy of hyperactivity lately, with HP pulling the plug on the TouchPad, then announcing it would crank out a few more units when deep discounts spurred sales of the devices. New tablets are also hitting the market in droves, including a model that folds in half like your old clamshell phone.

Sony announced two new tablet models, the Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P. Both models are powered by Android, and both feature front and rear-facing cameras. Sony says the S model is available for pre-sale now, and will be on store shelves next month. It features a 9.4-inch touchscreen, weighs in at 1.33 lbs., and offers Wi-Fi connectivity.


The Sony Tablet P offers both Wi-Fi and 4G via AT&T’s network. But it’s the design that’s sure to catch the eye of some consumers. It features two screens that can fold together for easy portability. Each screen is 5.5-inches, and the entire tablet weighs about 0.83 lbs. 

The P model definitely brings some innovation to the tablet market, and it should be available later this year.

Sony also announced its new Reader Wi-Fi, which takes the place of its previous lineup of ereader models. This slimmed down model weighs 168 grams, and Sony claims it’s the lightest ereader in the world. Fans of the “Harry Potter” series can also snag a limited edition Reader Wi-Fi that includes a voucher to download the first Harry Potter eBook title from Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s Website that is the exclusive distributor of her ebooks.





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