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Sony’s clamshell Android tablet heading for NZ

Sony’ originally previewed its iPad competitors – the clamshell Tablet P and the more conventional Sony Tablet S - back on April 27.

Now, the company is readying the two Android tablets for international release.

Some countries will see them later this month.

Sony NZ says the S should be with us in November (wi-fi only for NZ; in the US a 4G model is expected on one carrier), the P early next year (in wi-fi and 3G models).

The S will work best for customers already the Sony camp – especially given its Bluetooth and infrared (IR) ports, designed for connecting to and controlling a PlayStation3 or Sony Bravia TV.

Watch for more Android action later this month, or October, when The Wall Street Journal and others are picking that Amazon will supplement its Kindle with an Android-based tablet, specc'd to match the iPad but priced as low as $US300.

Vital stats

Sony Tablet S

  • Single 9.4-inch screen
  • Android Honeycomb 3.1
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 4G (US model only), Bluetooth, Infrared (IR) port for connecting Sony Bravia TV, Bluetooth for PS3 connectivity, USB 2.0 Micro-AB, Assisted GPS
  • 3 megapixel camera front, 5 megapixel camera rear
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Full-size SD memory card slot
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor
  • 16GB, 32GB models
  • 598g
  • NZ availability: November
  • Pricing: yet to be announced (US pricing: $499/16GB, $599 32GB)

Sony Tablet P

  • Dual 5.4-inch screens (each 1040 x 480) 
  • Android Honeycomb 3.1
  • NZ availability: “early 2012”

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