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Sony moves into tablet market

Sony Australia released its Tablet S device today (October 26) and announced it hopes to become the number two tablet manufacturer in the country before the end of the year.

The product launch comes weeks after Samsung was denied the opportunity to sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia after a law suit with Apple.

Promoting the tagline "all our innovation folded into one", the Tablet S features a 9.4-inch HD display and comes with either 16GB or 32GB storage options.

Utilising an Android operating system, the tablet is PlayStation certified – with PSone and PSP game titles available for purchase – and can access the Sony Entertainment Network. Sony Reader eBooks can also be accessed.

According to Sony, the device has the ability to act as a universal infrared remote control for your Blu-ray player, stereo and cable box, and will work with non-Sony brands.

Sony states: "It’s the ultimate living room companion with a universal remote and DLNA technology allowing images, videos and music to be ‘thrown’ to compatible devices."

Weighing approximately 600g, the ergonomic design gravity shifts the device’s centre of gravity closer to your palm, making it feel lighter and more comfortable.

The tablet also comes with built-in applications such as Foursquare, YouTube and a social media feed reader.

Sony also announced recently its audio-streaming service, Music Unlimited, would be available on all Android tablets.

An update to the software makes Music Unlimited – which contains more than ten million tracks – compatibility with the Tablet S, and features a new user interface allowing for faster playlist creation, quicker navigation and enhanced search results.

Sony offers two types of monthly subscriptions for Music Unlimited in Australia – basic subscriptions cost $4.99 per month, while a premium plan costs $12.99.

A 30-day free trial of the service is available upon purchase of a device.