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Teardown of the Sony Tablet S uncovers some clever industrial design and new chippery

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Teardown of the Sony Tablet S uncovers some clever industrial design and new chippery
The Sony Tablet S brings some long-needed feeling of distinctive design among Android tablets, with its wedge-shaped chassis, which is built to resemble a book or a newspaper, as per Sony. The slate has been given the disassembly treatment, and it turned out to be as beautiful inside as on the outside, the perfect marriage material.

The teardown answered why the Sony Tablet S feels so sturdy compared to some other Android tablets - besides the quality plastic used, there is an additional frame inside for added rigidity, which wraps up all elements, and has to be removed before any attempts to reach the battery are undertook. The battery itself turned out user-replaceable, and the tablet introduced a few chips that are not common for Android slates.

Sony's engineers have integrated the Tegra 2 silicon inside other elements on the motherboard, thus saving up space, and have also included IR remote control chippery, plus an advanced Audience earSmart A1026 Voice Processor, both something that is not often seen in other tablets.

Sony usually prides itself and executes fine on two fronts - design and audio quality, and the Tablet S seems to be no exception. Where it doesn't usually do well, though, is the price point, but the situation here is bearable - the 16GB Tablet S version goes for around $500, which is as much as the iPad 2.

source: Techrepublic

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posted on 22 Sep 2011, 08:47 7

1. dacastrator (unregistered)


Simly the best tablet out there right now.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 10:30 2

2. shy2papa (Posts: 211; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


Naaa i dont think so, samsung galaxy tab 7.7 is better in every way

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 16:07 4

5. rf1975 (Posts: 249; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Samsung tab is best copy tablet.....
very well done sony. this is a good example of being innovative.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 07:14 4

9. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Galaxy Tabs are very poorly designed. Has a very fragile feel and TouchWiz is very buggy.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 16:53 1

11. shy2papa (Posts: 211; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


The new galaxy tab 7.7 and the only tablet spotting super amoled screen and aluminum chassis.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 10:34 3

3. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


While the wedge design is interesting, not sure about the best tablet out there. Gotta go play with one.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 12:35 1

4. asianrage (unregistered)


Given Sony's manufacturing prowess, I'm extremely disappointed that the tablet design didn't end up being thinner or lighter than it is.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 16:37 1

6. CW12 (unregistered)


I don't think thinness was never the focus of their design. If thinness was the focus I'm sure they can make it thinner. As for lightness, as long as it is lighter than the iPad2(which it is), is all good with me. Have you feel this in your hands yet? it feels even lighter in your hand due to the design. It's suppose to be a little heavier than the galaxy tab 10.1 but it feels lighter to me because of the way it is designed.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 07:16 2

10. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


This device is lighter than it looks. It's not designed to be thin like the Galaxy Tabs, it's designed to have good feel on hand unlike the Galaxy Tabs that are rather feel very fragile.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 02:05 1

8. taco5O. (banned) (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Wow, i've got to get this tablet, i'm not even considering the ipad anymore !

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