Today I went snooping around Sonyâ€™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, Iâ€™ve found that the S1 and S2 will most likely be shipping with Android 3.2 as opposed to 3.0 or 3.1:
The same screenshot also shows us that the model of this particular tablet is called â€œSony Tablet 5 (or maybe S?)â€ which is likely an internal codename.
Itâ€™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 â€˜Wi-Fi Checkerâ€™ app which will presumably help people connect properly to the web, perhaps with more complicated enterprise connections in mind:
Screenshots of the app launcher also indicate that Sony will be including a Chumby app. Chumby is a sort of internet companion thatâ€™s designed for a bedside table. Sonyâ€™s Dash â€˜Internet Viewerâ€™ 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 â€˜Dash Dockâ€™ is perplexing.
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.
According to one document demonstrating how to charge the S1, the device will be using a proprietary adapter, which means youâ€™ll be out of luck if you need a charge and didnâ€™t bring your adapter with you! And you definitely wonâ€™t be able to fit that adapter on a keychain.
Another screenshot shows us how the keyboard looks, and it will apparently have a number pad, though it canâ€™t be determined if this will be there all of the time or just some of the time (or perhaps it can be toggled?):
Thereâ€™s also a look at Sonyâ€™s Music Player app which will include Sonyâ€™s creepily named SenseMe mode which seeks to play music based on your mood.
And just for good measure, hereâ€™s the homescreen:
The S1 and S2 are due out this fall, though Sony keeps reminding us that the names are unofficial and may be changed! Weâ€™ve got a close eye on these two interesting devices, even if Iâ€™m still not convinced that they represent better value than Archosâ€™ awesome new tablets.