It's taken Sony a while to join the tablet party, but anything from a firm famous for its pin-sharp displays and desirable PCs is going to be worth waiting for. And it's in the form of the S1 - or Sony Tablet S - that is Sony's main new tablet.
From what we know so far, the new PlayStation-certified tablet and its sibling, the S2, are very desirable indeed - so what do we actually know, when can we get our hands on one and where do we go to pre-order? Let's find out.
The Sony S1 is a traditional tablet
While the Sony S2 is doing something very different, the Sony S1 tablet is in iPad territory: as you'll see from our photo-tastic Sony S1 update, the device is a typically rectangular ten-incher with a curved, tapered body.
The Sony S1 features include DLNA
There's no HDMI port, but the Sony S1 feature list includes DLNA compatibility for streaming media to and from DLNA-compatible devices (Windows is DLNA-compatible too) and infra-red control of Bravia televisions. Buttons are minimal: power, volume and a recessed reset button - and ports are limited to USB.
A dual-core Tegra processor is likely - some sites are hoping for a quad-core version, but there's no concrete evidence of that - and the Sony S1 operating system will be Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The obligatory front- and rear-facing cameras are there too. Does anybody actually use their tablets for videoconferencing? Do let us know.
The Sony S1 release date has been leaked, and it's in September - just in time for the all-important Christmas shopping season. Engadget says John Lewis is on board to sell the S1 and S2 from day one, and of course they'll be in your friendly neighbourhood Sony Centre too. However, it's unclear whether you'll actually be able to get your hands on a Sony S1 in September: pre-orders start on the 1st of September, which suggests that deliveries may take a little longer. Still, we've been waiting all year, so what's another week or two?
The Sony S1 UK price will be hefty
The S1 price hasn't been announced yet, but we're talking about Sony here: premium products mean premium prices, so don't expect the S1 to be duking it out with ASDA's £99 Android cheapie.