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Rumour: More Sony tablets to come in 2011. Clamshells and sliders.

Sony are rumoured to be rolling several tablets in 2011, including a new clamshell, dual-screened tablet. (Is that possible?) The concept sketch is looking like it’ll be a good excuse to use up any left-over PS3 husks for tablet casing…

It should be running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and is currently labelled within Sony HQ as the S2. This means it should join the rumoured S1 single-screened tablet we wrote about last week. Like the S1, but double, right?

According to Engadget’s moles deep within the Sony corporation, the S2 looks set to have two 5.5-inch screens that will fold into each-other. No slippy-sliding action of layering the screens to make a single tablet screen like we saw on this Kyocera Echo, a dual-screen Android phone.

No details on the sort of applications we could expect from this dual-screener. We’d predict that there could be a haptic-feedback touchscreen keyboard on the lower screen, with word processing or internet browsing visible above. Sony head-honchos apparently aren’t very happy with the distance between those screens. No news on whether it’ll carry the PlayStation certification for retro gaming goodness.

It will allegedly run on Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chipset, and will connect to the internet through both WiFi and 3G. Rumours suggest a push for a pre-Christmas release across Europe, the US and Japan, with a price tag of around £430.

Another leaked tablet is a Vaio-branded 9.4-inch Windows 7 sliding tab, again aimed for release around the end of 2011. No codenames yet, but expect to see it in shops around October this year. The price looks like it’ll hover around £500.

Source: Engadget

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