Sony Xperia Tablet S introduced: first Sony tablet under Xperia brand

Sony Xperia Tablet S introduced: first Sony tablet under Xperia brand
Sony's debut tablets, the Tablet S and Tablet P, weren't what you'd call great success stories, mainly due to steep price-tags, strong competition and market that wasn't yet ready for so many devices.

The opportunities in the industry are now somewhat bigger, though, and Sony obviously doesn't want to lose its presence in the tablet world, as it has now unveiled what seems to be the spiritual successor to its Tablet S, the Sony Xperia 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 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.

Where this tablet truly shines, though, is accessories. Sony is bringing a $99 Cover with Keyboard case, a thin keyboard that looks pretty much like the one on the Microsoft Surface, and a $99 docking stand that puts the tablet up on a pedestal like a TV.

On the software front, Sony brings its Music and Video Unlimited apps as a trial and a neat Guest Mode where you can set parental controls.

Finally, the Sony Xperia Tablet S prices are $399 for the 16GB model, $499 for the 32 gig version and $599 for the 64GB tablet. You can pre-order the Xperia Tablet S today, with the release date set for September 7th.


source: Sony

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Xperia Tablet S
  • Display 9.4" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / Other front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC

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16 Comments

1. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

actually like the look of this design..has some character

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i think i actually like it... sigh. still no jellybean.

7. XperiaUser unregistered

jellybean is not a big issue here , sony make it as fast as they can , u just need to update it when it arrives :D

3. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Why no 3G version ?

4. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

That is a nice looking tablet.

5. simonfrady

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

better wait for 3G Model.

6. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

I am wrong or does it feature the same 3:4 form factor as the iPad...?

8. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

You're wrong. Sony is smarter than apple, hence they used a widescreen ratio

9. Aeires unregistered

Anyone know what the differentiating fold element functions as? Design only or is it packing equipment in the thicker portion?

10. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

"With the Xperia Tablet S, the Japanese have emphasized on what they are so good at – design." ehemm... samsung

14. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Samsung's designs = bad

11. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Looks great. Hope they have a Windows 8 version

12. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

the pricing is really good... no need to go to apple's iPad price coz no android tablet beat iPad at the same price... the looks is good... very good... doesnt look like iPad...sony is really eligant! i hope sony mobile will make WP too... or maybe sony vaio line... they should make WP and win8 tablets!

13. simonfrady

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

just to bad for new model with low spec.. now even new phones using 2 GB of RAM, but sony release new Tablet use 1 GB RAM. wishes for next 3G Model use 2 GB of RAM.

15. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

We have a spec-aholic over here !

16. nsnk86

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

WOW!! super cool........ eagerly waiting for a complete review!!

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