Since Sony launched the S and P tablets last year, there has been little communication from them on the subject of any future tablets. This changes today though after a major leak showing what the company is working on – a new Xperia tablet. The slides detailing the features and specs of the tablet first appeared on an XDA forum post. The poster noted that the Xperia tablet may be available for purchase in time for the holidays.
The new tablet joins the extended Xperia family which includes Sony’s wide range of Android smartphones. The leaked images portray a ‘wedge’ design and the 9.4 inch screen with a resolution of 1280 X 800 pixels as the tablet’s trademark. Sony announced the tablet’s launch at the end of August last year and it was a sign that there are a number of exciting products on their way.
The most notable features of the new tablet though are the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, a 6,000mAh battery that should run for 10 hours on a single charge, a rear 8MP and a front 1MP cameras, WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and a choice of 16, 32 or 64GB internal memory. All the devices are also designed to have SD card, ST port, DLNA and HDMI ports.
The Xperia tablets will run on ‘Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later’ OS according to the leaked slides, giving the users hope that the tablets may actually come with Android Jelly Bean pre-installed. What is definite, however, is the fact that the tablets will have Sony’s own software tweaks, among them a very intriguing ‘Guest Mode’ which allows a user to set the tablet’s preferences to allow the accessibility and restriction of various apps for a certain period of time, probably when someone else borrows the tablet.
Another major piece of information is that the Xperia tablets are PlayStation certified. Although they are much thinner, lighter and more stylish than the S tablets, the design gives them Splash-proof cases. When it comes to pricing, the 16GB models could retail for $450, the 32GB for $550 and the 64GB for $650. The leaked slides did not indicate the prices but it is likely that Sony will set the prices sometime in September just before the tablets are put up for sale. We will be keeping an eye and ear out to see if Sony will drop any hints during the IFA show in Berlin, Germany next month.