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Sony Xperia Tablet S

Announced
Aug 29, 2012
Market status
Released

Pros

  • High-resolution camera (8 megapixels)
  • Quad core processor
  • HDMI connector for TV-out ()
  • Splash-proof phone

Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (161 ppi)
  • Battery is not user replaceable
  • The camera lacks flash

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Description

Sony Xperia Tablet S seems to be the spiritual successor of Sony Tablet S. With the Xperia Tablet S, the Japanese have emphasized on what they are so good at – design. The Xperia Tablet S is a very elegant device, with a thin body and a nice, differentiating fold element at the upper end. Sony fit a sizable bright 9.4-inch IPS LCD display with an okay resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The device comes with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, but Sony has promised it will soon bump it up to Jelly Bean. Powering the device is a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, so we can be sure that performance will be top-notch, as long as Sony doesn't mess something up as far as software goes. The camera of the Xperia Tablet S should be pretty decent, with Sony's great heritage in this area. The Tablet S comes with an 8-megapixel main unit, complemented by a 1-megapixel front-facing one. When it comes to ports you have a full-sized SD port, USB and HDMI. The tablet keeps the IR sensor from the original Tablet S and doubles as a remote control.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Tablet
  • OS:
    • PopupAndroid (4.1.1, 4.0.3)
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 9.44 x 6.87 x 0.47 inches (239.8 x 174.4 x 11.85 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 20.64 oz (585 g)
      the average is 14.6 oz (416 g)
  • Side Keys:
    • Right: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key
  • Rugged:
      • Splash resistant

DisplayPopup

  • Physical size:
    • 9.4 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 161 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Touchscreen:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor

Camera

  • Camera:
      • Popup8 megapixels
    • Features:
      • Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Geo tagging
  • Camcorder:
      • Yes
    • Features:
      • Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • Other (1296 x 808 pixels)

Hardwarebenchmark

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Quad core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
  • Graphics processor:
      • ULP GeForce @ 416MHz
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 1024 MB RAM (1333 MHz) / LPDDR3
  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • SD, SDHC, SDXC up to 128 GB

Battery

  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes

MultimediaPopup

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, FLAC, WMA, WAV, OGG, MIDI
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
  • Speakers:
    • Stereo speakers
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • Popup
    • supports:
      • HTML, HTML5
  • Built-in online services support:
    • YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+

Technology

  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries
  • Organizer:
    • PopupCalendar, Alarm, Document viewer, Calculator
  • Messaging:
    • PopupSMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Hangouts / Google Talk

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 3.0
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n
  • USB:
      • Yes
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB Host
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • HDMI:
      • Yes
  • Other:
    • DLNA, Computer sync, OTA sync, Infrared

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
    • Voice commands, Voice recording

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 29 Aug 2012

Shopping information

  • MSRP price:
    • $ 400
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Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Sony Xperia Tablet S 32GB


Differences:
  • Built-in storage:
    • 32 GB
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 500

Sony Xperia Tablet S 64GB


Differences:
  • Built-in storage:
    • 64 GB
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 600

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