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Sony S1 and S2 UK release date leaked

Sony is planning to launch its S1 and S2 tablets in the UK this September, according to reports, with John Lewis lined up as one retailer to stock the device.

Sony has remained tight lipped on release dates for its pair of tablets, but it makes sense that they would be out before the Christmas rush and that’s exactly what Engadget is reporting.

The site has said it has seen the release date for one unnamed Sony tablet and it will be arriving in the UK in September.

It’s unclear which one is being released, or if it is both, but it looks like John Lewis is on board as a retailer for the tablets.

Tablet plans

The Sony S1 and S2 are Android 3.0 tablets that have rather unique designs. The S2 is a clamshell, while the S1 has a lip on its back which is said to help grip.

The S1 has a 9.4-inch screen and will be have Sony Bravia support.

TechRadar will be at IFA 2011 early September where we are hoping to hear more about Sony’s tablet plans and get a hands on with the S1 and S2 as well.

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Acer slashes tablet sales forecasts for 2011

Acer has confirmed it has reduced it forecast for tablet sales in 2011 by almost 60%, as well as fewer notebook shipments.

According to Reuters, Acer Chairman J.T. Wang told reporters that the company is looking at shifting up to 3 million tablets in 2011, far fewer than the 5-7 million previously anticipated.

This means the world’s second-biggest PC maker will still be selling around 800,000 tablets in the second and third quarter of this year, although that figure is dwarfed by the likes of the iPad and Motorola Xoom.

Crowded market

Acer hasn’t experienced the most vibrant of entrances into the increasingly crowded tablet market after it admitted its 7-inch Iconia Tab A100 would be pushed back for release later in the year.

It has already released the likes of the Iconia Tab A500 and W500 so far, and rumours are abounding that Acer is looking to bring out a tablet running MeeGo, the seemingly-unwanted OS from Nokia and Intel.

The company is also one of the first to release a Google-powered Chromebook, although it’s likely the products from this line-up will take some time to gain traction in the notebook market too.

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iOS 5 code hints at Retina Display for iPad 3

It’s been a while since we’ve had a good Retina-Display-for-iPad rumour but iOS 5 is here to save the day – devs tinkering around with the SDK code for the OS discovered that the Twitter.framework features an 1536 x 2048 pixel icon.

That’s double the current size needed for the iPad 2‘s icons and these mammoth image dimensions also show up in Apple’s magazine app, Newsstand, leading us all down the Retina Display path leading to the iPad 3.

But this proves nothing as the same dimension options were also spotted for some iPad app icons back in January, and the Retina Display-less iPad 2 has launched since then.

Resolution pollution

The iPad 2 was left to languish with the same IPS LCD display as the original iPad, while the iPhone 4 and iPod touch enjoy all the crisp high definition goodness that Retina Display brings.

Rumours have continued to swirl that Apple simply couldn’t get the displays ready to go in time or for a low enough price, suggesting we’ll see the next iteration rocking the dense display.

And just when will that arrive? Plenty of ‘anonymous sources’ and pontificating analysts have suggested we’ll see the iPad 3 release date in September, around about the same time as we’re expecting iOS 5 (and the iPhone 5) to hit.

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