IFA 2012: Sony Xperia Tablet S
Sony changes direction and brands its new tablets Xperia, adding a shiny fresh Android interface.
The super-thin new Sony Xperia Tablet S
Sony is pulling out all the stops for its refreshed tablet line. The Sony Xperia Tablet S retains a similar naming and styling to its well received older model, but has been overhauled in every other aspect.
It’s up to 10mm thinner in places compared to the old model and is 30 grammes lighter at 570g. The cool aluminium body retains the fold-back book style of the original and helps give it a premium feel.
The device is powered by Android 4.0.3 ICS and we understand Sony is going to release Android 4.1 Jelly Bean down the line. To flash-up the tablet it has the Sony Xperia interface – found on its phone range – which makes total sense and is a more attractive proposition if you already own a Sony Xperia phone.
One key addition is a selection of “mini apps” that can be run over other apps and moved around, which is pretty handy and very clever. Currently these include a browser, calculator, note pad, music player, video recorder and timer.
The device uses a 9.4-inch widescreen ISP display with a sharp 1280×800 display. It’s ideal for watching HD video and the DLNA features enable you to “throw” content to your networked TV easily enough.
Under the hood is an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor running at 1.4GHz with 1GB of memory, which is pretty standard for Android. As are the storage options; 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. This is backed up with an SD card slot for expansion, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi and an 8MP-rear and 1MP-front camera. A 6,000mAh battery should offer up to 12 hours of use too.
Expect the Sony Xperia Tablet S to hit the shelves during September 2012.
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