AT&T to launch Sony's Android-powered S2 tablet later this year

AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) will bolster its tablet lineup with the announcement that it will be the exclusive U.S. provider for Sony's forthcoming S2 Android-based tablet.

Sony S1 and S2 AT&T

Sony announced the S1, left, and S2 Android tablets in April.

AT&T and Sony did not provide pricing or a release date for the S2, which was announced in April. However, the companies said the device will have HSPA+ and Wi-Fi support. Little is known about the specifications for the S2 other than it will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, it will have two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded, and it will feature cameras.

In addition to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad 2, the S2 will fight for shelf space and attention with other AT&T tablets, including Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad, which AT&T will start selling later this summer.

However, so far tablets with 3G connectivity have not fared so well in the market, according to research firm ABI. Analyst Jeff Orr said in the first quarter that around 35 percent of all tablets shipped with 3G connectivity, but that the number of users activating that service was very low.

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