For those who go back to school the day after Labor Day, Sony managed to make its Tablet S available via pre-order on the final day of summer break, though don't expect any back-to-school discounts. The 16GB Wi-Fi model carries the now traditional $500 price tag, and you can add another C-note if you want the 32GB model.
Sony's Tablet S is a 9.4-inch slate powered by Nvidia's 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor. It has 1GB of RAM, a 1280x800 screen resolution with Sony's TruBlack technology, 0.3MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing camera, IR remote control function, Bluetooth, microUSB port, SD card slot, 3.5mm headphone output, and 5000mAh battery, and Android Honeycomb 3.1 running the show.
Sounds like just another Android tablet, however the details are in the design. PCWorld spent some hands on time with a pre-production model and noted that Sony's "design mojo...infuses originality and flair into a tablet market that desperately needs both." It's a tapered tablet that starts off at 0.3 inches and increases in thickness to 0.79 inches. It's intended to replicate the feel of a folded magazine, and Sony says the center of gravity shifts the device's weight closer to your palm so that it's lighter and more comfortable while reading a book or watching a video.
The Tablet S will starting shipping on September 16.