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Sony temporarily stops sales of Xperia Tablet S due to manufacturing flaw

Sony reportedly put the sales of the Xperia Tablet S on hold because of manufacturing flaw in the plant in China where the device was made. The device, which Sony marketed as a splash-proof tablet, appears to have a gap between the screen and the casing which would make the tablet susceptible to damage if exposed to water.

The Xperia Tablet S hit the market on September 7 in the United States, Japan, Europe, and other markets. Thus far, the Japan-based company has been able to sell 100,000 units of the Xperia Tablet S. Sony has not announced when it will start selling the tablet again. Despite this snag, Sony does not expect the situation to have a significant effect on the tablet’s sales.

It may be recalled that the Sony Xperia Tablet S was launched during the IFA event in Berlin, Germany last August. The device is the first tablet that Sony released after it separated with Ericsson. It also bears the Xperia name that Sony is now using for all its mobile devices. Said tablet is also the successor of the Sony Tablet S, although that tablet did not carry the Xperia name.

To review, the tablet comes with a 1.4 GHz Quad-Core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB, and 16 GB of flash memory. The tablet is also packed with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n are among its options for wireless connectivity. Its TFT active matrix display measures 9.4 inches. The tablet is likewise powered by a Lithium-Ion battery that offers around ten to twelve hours of usage on a single charge. It also comes with a front camera, a rear camera, a built-in microphone, a headphones port, a multi-port, an infrared port, and an SD Memory Card slot. The slate has dimensions of 6.9 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches and weighs 1.22 lbs.

via reuters