Sony was among the first to unleash the big bombs even before the start of the IFA 2012. Among the big news Sony released in a press conference even before the IFA started, Sony announced their new expected Sony Xperia S tablet expected to hit the stores on September 7th. There were leaks earlier of the Xperia S details but Sony has gone a step further and given us a date, something we do not usually get during unveilings.
All eyes were peeled on Samsung during the IFA but Sony somehow managed to steal the limelight – albeit for a little while, with this surprise. Back in July when the first rumors of this tablet surfaced, it sounded as if it would be a dull and unenticing device but now that the details are out it is a device worth investing in. The tablet will be available at a price of $400 in 2 weeks for the 16GB version and $500 or $600 for the 32GB and 64GB versions respectively.
Some of the core features of the new tablet are the curved futuristic design that gives it a classy yet simplistic look and feel, added elegance with a metal casing, a thinner design (only 0.35 inches deep at the thinnest point) and weighing only 1.31 pounds, which is impressive for a 9.4 inch tablet with a metal casing. What intrigued me the most about the new Xperia tablet is the design which gives a magazine-like shape, something I haven’t seen in another tablet before.
Sony went a step further in improving this tablet compared to its predecessor with a new 6,000 mAh battery which should run the tablet for 10 hours with a single charge, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Processor and a full-sized SD slot. If you have been following developments in the tablet niche, you should have noticed that most tablets come with a MicroSD slot and not a full SD card slot.
With a 9.4 inch IPS panel screen with a resolution of 1280 X 800 pixels, the Xperia Tablet S is a device to admire, both for office work and for leisure gaming. Although it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, there are tons of included customization options in software, pre-loaded apps to accomplish any tasks and tweaking option to adjust the tablet to your preference. There aren’t much bloatware included in the package because to me, most of the apps that come with the tablet are productive apps you would pay for to install if they weren’t included. We have also been promised that a Jelly bean upgrade for the tablet is in the works and should be rolling out shortly after the tablet is made available. According to Sony, the upgrade will be available ‘as soon as all custom apps are properly optimized’.
Furthermore, there will be a bunch of optional accessories for the Xperia tablet including a $100 wireless keyboard and a $100 docking stand that has an HDMI output and USB adapter. A dock speaker will be available at $130, a carrying case will be available for $80 for premium forms and $51 for non-premium and a charging cradle will cost $40.
Pre-orders for the Xperia tablet S will begin today, if you are a fan of Sony or just want an impressive tablet, then you better get ready to place an order for one.
Core Specs Overview
Display: 9.4 inch IPS HD display with 1,280 x 800 resolution and OptiContrast Panel with low-friction coating
Processor: 1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor
Operating System: Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
RAM: 1 GB
Memory: 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB, SD card slot for expansion
Cameras: 8 MP rear, 1 MP HD front
Battery: 6000mAh Li-ion (up to 10 hrs usage per charge)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, Wifi: 802.11 b, g, n (2.4 GHz),