S1 and S2 Tablets Clear FCC Sporting AT&T Frequencies
Many Sony gaming fans were booing after Sony announced its Playstation Vita 3G would be available exclusively on AT&T, and now — many Android users who were holding out for a Sony tablet — will be doing the same. According to FCC approvals, both the cleverly code-named S1 and S2 Sony tablets (ousted back in April) will be packing support for “Team Blue.” Let’s take a look at some of the tid-bits we’ve gathered and try to make sense of this “S” sacrilege.
First up are the US versions of the Sony S1: SGPT111US/S, SGPT112US/S. This 9.4” Honeycomb tablet will be sporting 2.4GHz 802.11n WiFi, WCDMA bands II and V radios along with Ericsson’s F5521gw HSPA+ capable modem. Roughly translated: “Blue, Blue and possibly 21Mbps HSPA+ Blue.”
Next we have the US versions of the Sony S2: SGPT211US/S, SGPT212US/S. This is Sony’s attempt at out-failing the Kyocera Echo. This dual-screen clamshell tablet is equipped with two (yea I know, I said dual-screen) 5.5-inch 1024 x 480 resolution screens and will also be playing for “Team Blue” as it sports 2.4GHz 802.11 WiFi along with 850MHz and 1900MHz 3G bands. The Sony S2 will also be following in the Toshiba Thrive’s footsteps by offering a removable lithium-ion battery, which is one footstep I hope all tablet manufacturers start to follow.
While we still have many months to go before all of this comes to fruition, it’s safe to say: “If you’ve been holding out for a Sony tablet in hopes of getting a bigger “Playstation Certified” media machine, you’re going to have to settle for wifi-only, unless of course you’re willing to follow “Team Magenta” to the dark side.