August 31, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Sony kicked off its presence at the IFA Tech Show today by announcing one new Android product, and providing clarity about two devices already known.
Sony confirmed the Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P, previously known as the S1 and S2, will be in stores shortly. The Tablet S – touting a dual core Tegra 2 processor, 9.4-inch screen, Android 3.1 with Sony’s custom skin, and a unique curved design – will be arriving in stores in September. The device is already available for pre-order and will cost $500 (16GB) or $600 (32GB) in the U.S. and Canada, and 479 euro in Europe. Visit Sony.com/tablet for more information.
The Sony Tablet P, the clamshell dual-screen device that made me scratch my head earlier this week, is also heading to stores. It too has a Tegra 2 processor, as well as two 5.5-inch screens that work in concert, and AT&T HSPA+ connectivity. The Tablet P will ship in November, but price has not yet been revealed.
And on the phone front, Sony Ericsson updated its Xperia Arc device to have a special “S” distinction. The new Xperia Arc S upgrades the sexy phone released earlier this year with a new processor (1.4 GHz), 3D panorama phto-taking, a 25 percent faster camera and media converter, and a 20 percent faster web browser. The new Arc still has a beautiful camera (8.1 megapixels w/ Exmor R), Android 2.3 with Sony’s custom Timescape UI, and a 4.2 screen screen with Mobile BRAVIA engine. A full list of specs and pre-loaded software by region is available here. Expect to see the phone available globally in Q4 (October-December).