Sony has made its first steps into the tablet market with the announcement of two devices.
The tablets will run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, according to the manufacturer, which said it aims to become the second biggest player in the area – behind only Apple.
Sony's two tablets, which are code-named S1 and S2, will be released later this year.
The S1 has a 9.4-inch touch-screen display, which is thick on one end and tapers. Meanwhile, the S2 is a shell-shaped device that opens and closes and features two 5.5-inch touch-screen displays. They will be Wi-Fi and 3G connected.
The two tablets, which will be capable of playing PlayStation-quality games, may launch at different times in different markets, Sony said, although it did not reveal any details on pricing or on which operators will range the device.
Industry experts said Sony may struggle after making such a late entry to a market dominated by Apple’s iPad.