Exclusive: Eight Leaked Sony S1 and S2 Screenshots Reveal Honeycomb 3.2, Chumby App, Proprietary Adapter and More

Posted on 03 August 2011 by



s1 and s2Today I went snooping around Sony’s support site where I was able to uncover some support documents for their upcoming S1 and S2 tablets that have gone public before they were supposed to.

From the leaked documents, I’ve found that the S1 and S2 will most likely be shipping with Android 3.2 as opposed to 3.0 or 3.1:

android 3.2

The same screenshot also shows us that the model of this particular tablet is called “Sony Tablet 5 (or maybe S?)” which is likely an internal codename.

It’s good to know that the S1 and S2 will ship with 3.2 as many tablet owners are still waiting to get their 3.1 updates!

Sony will also be including a ‘Wi-Fi Checker’ app which will presumably help people connect properly to the web, perhaps with more complicated enterprise connections in mind:

wifi checker

wifi checker 2

Screenshots of the app launcher also indicate that Sony will be including a Chumby app. Chumby is a sort of internet companion that’s designed for a bedside table. Sony’s Dash ‘Internet Viewer’ is powered by the Chumby OS, so it makes sense that the S1 and S2 will be able to use the Chumby app to fill a Dash-like role, though the redundancy between Chumby and the ‘Dash Dock’ is perplexing.

chumby app

Along with the Chumby app, other screenshots show Zinio, indicating that this will likely come pre-installed as well. Zinio is a digital magazine publishing platform with apps available for iOS and Android.

zinio

According to one document demonstrating how to charge the S1, the device will be using a proprietary adapter, which means you’ll be out of luck if you need a charge and didn’t bring your adapter with you! And you definitely won’t be able to fit that adapter on a keychain.

sony s1 adapter

Another screenshot shows us how the keyboard looks, and it will apparently have a number pad, though it can’t be determined if this will be there all of the time or just some of the time (or perhaps it can be toggled?):

sony s1 s2 keyboard

There’s also a look at Sony’s Music Player app which will include Sony’s creepily named SenseMe mode which seeks to play music based on your mood.

music player

And just for good measure, here’s the homescreen:

sony s1 and s2 homescreen

The S1 and S2 are due out this fall, though Sony keeps reminding us that the names are unofficial and may be changed! We’ve got a close eye on these two interesting devices, even if I’m still not convinced that they represent better value than Archos’ awesome new tablets.

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Corrupted Mind says:

    Forgive me while I scream.

    Aggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    It took years for the EU to insist that every mobile phone is:
    1) Either charged by USB, or
    2) Has a port that ends with a USB
    And now in a “back to the future” moment tablet OEMs are taking us back to the multiplicity of I/O cables (with most favouring an annoying proprietary flavor).

    Please!

    Lloyd Reply:

    Seconded, what are they playing at. I cant believe I am going to say this, but at least apple have one flavour of Proprietary cable connection.

    grr

  2. MucStevve says:

    yep …. you are right about that …. just add a micro-usb-port and everything would be fine …… i don´t want any proprietary sockets anymore ……

    does anyone think that the sony s1 and s2 will make it ?? i am a sony fanboy — i do admit – but i do have my doubts anybody is buying this one.

  3. Jo Dunst says:

    Sounds like a plan dude.

    http://www.anon-web.us.tc

  4. Aqx says:

    better launch hurry, the market is already flooded with many great tablets!