Sony S1 - Features and Services


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We couldn’t tell whether there was an HDMI port or other

video output hidden behind the cover on the left, but for those who have

DNLA-compatible televisions, Sony’s unique content-‘throw’ ability allows you

to ‘swipe’ content onto the big screen. Simply hold the tablet in front of it,

swipe your finger upward off the screen rapidly, and what you’re viewing on the

tablet should appear on your TV – ingenious!

Sony S1 Tablet

Another, even niftier addition, is that the S1 can be

used as a universal remote control. And we don’t mean through Wi-Fi or some

complicated wireless setup. Sony’s larger tablet actually has an IR emitter

built-in so that it can work with pretty much any device you’d care to name,

either by inputting a code or learning from the device’s remote. Logitech’s

Harmony 1100 had better watch out!

Another feature unique to Sony’s tablets is their PlayStation Suite compatibility. Just like the company’s Xpreia Play, this gives you access to an impressive selection of games,

including PlayStation 1 favourites and new titles specifically designed for the

mobile devices and their Tegra 2 innards. In yet another nice touch, you’ll be

able to hook up a proper PS3 controller to play your games with. Naturally, the

S1 will also provide access to Sony’s video and music streaming services.

Sony S1 Tablet

Aside from this, we didn’t note much that’s surprising.

The tablet will sport a version of Android Honeycomb when it’s released. The models we

were shown were running version 3.0, but this may well be upgraded before

release. The only connectivity we can confirm so far on the S1 is at least one

USB 2.0 port (giving it one up on the iPad 2 and Eee Pad Transformer) and a 3.5mm headphone jack, in addition to a selection of

physical controls. Front and rear webcams are also on the menu, and both Wi-Fi

and 3G versions will be available.

We were given no firm UK pricing or release date, but we

reckon prices will be in line with the competition, while we’ll see these

puppies on store shelves well before Christmas. The S1 designation is a codename

that might well change before release. Whatever it ends up being called, we’re

certainly looking forward to something a little different, in a tablet market

where many Android models are only really distinguishable by their finish and