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Sony Tablet
Sony Tablet Logo.svg
Sony Tablet S.jpg
Manufacturer Sony
Product family Xperia Tablet
Type Tablet computer
Release date US: September 16, 2011; 3 years ago (2011-09-16)[1][2]
Introductory price US$499-599[3]
Operating system Android 3.1 Honeycomb[4] Update to Android 3.2.1 and 4.0.3 available
Power Li-ion battery, 5000 mAh,
8:35 hours[5]
CPU Nvidia Tegra 2, dual core, 1000 MHz[6][7]
Memory 1 GB[6]
Storage 16/32 GB[6]
Sound internal speakers
Input Multi-touch touchscreen display[6]
Camera Rear: 5.0 MP
Front: 0.3 MP
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
3G HSDPA/HSUPA[8]
Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Infrared
DLNA
Online services Android Market,[9] Qriocity, Reader Store, PlayStation Suite
Website sony.com/tablet

Xperia Tablet (former code names Sony S1 and Sony S2), formerly known as Sony Tablet, is the brand name of a series of tablet computers.[10] The first models used to run Google's operating system Android 3.1 Honeycomb,[9] but more recent models operate on the Android 4.1.2 system.[11] The first models were informally announced on 26 April 2011, using the code names, by the Sony Corporation in the Sony IT Mobile Meeting.[12][13] They featured touchscreens, two cameras (a rear-facing 5 MP, a front-facing 0.3 MP), infrared sensor, Wi-Fi. Also, they support PlayStation Suite, DLNA, and are 3G/4G compatible. The retail price in the U.S at the time of release was US$499–599.[3][14] In Europe, prices were at €499. To increase the number of apps available and provide marketing support for both tablets, Sony and Adobe Systems will hold a $200,000 competition targeting app developers.[15] The series was formally launched in Berlin and Tokyo on 31 August 2011.[16] The series currently consists of the Sony Xperia Tablet S and the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, announced in 2013.[17]

History[edit]

On April 26, 2011, Sony announced that it would be developing two Android tablets, codenamed S1 and S2. The S1 (which became the Tablet S) was said to be "optimized for rich media entertainment" while the S2 (later Tablet P) would be "ideal for mobile communication and entertainment".[18]

Promotional videos[edit]

On 15 June 2011, Sony released the first in a series of five videos titled "Two Will", promoting and featuring the Tablets in an elaborately designed Rube Goldberg Machine.[19] The episodes are entitled:

  • Prologue
  • The First Impression
  • Going smoothly
  • Filled with fun
  • Together anywhere

Tablet S[edit]

Main article: Sony Tablet S

The Sony Tablet S (former code name Sony S1) has one 9.4-inch (240 mm) touchscreen display in a slate layout, and a unique wrap design inspired by the way some persons fold magazines while reading them. In landscape orientation, the unit along the top is about three times thicker than along the bottom, forming a mild slant.[5][20] It was released on 11 September 2011, as the first available member of the Sony Tablet series.[6] The suggested retail prices are $499 for the 16 GB model and $599 for the 32 GB model.[3] In early reviews in late 2011, the units compared favorably to similar high-end tablets.[21]

Tablet P[edit]

Sony Tablet P
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Sony Tablet P, open and closed top views
Type Tablet computer, clamshell
Release date November 2011
Introductory price $599[10]
CPU Nvidia Tegra 2, 1Ghz, Dual core
Display two 5.5 in (14 cm) 1024x480 px[7]
Dimensions 180 mm (7.1 in) H
158 mm (6.2 in) W
14 mm (0.55 in) D thickest[7]
Weight 372 g (0.820 lb)[7]

The Sony Tablet P (former code name Sony S2) has two 5.5-inch (140 mm) touchscreen interoperating displays joined in a hinged clamshell layout, resembling the VAIO P series.[22] It was released in November 2011, as the second available member of the Sony Tablet series.[6] The suggested retail price is $599.[10]

While the unique clamshell design allowed the device to fold in half and fit into a pocket, this feature resulted in the screen being split in half by a large, black hinge, which made playing games and reading awkward and is cited as the Tablet P's most serious flaw. The Tablet P was pulled from Sony's American website by the end of 2012 and will not receive the update to Android Jellybean.[23]

Xperia Tablet S[edit]

The Xperia Tablet S was announced at Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) 2012.[24] It was released in the USA on September 7, 2012.[25] It comes in three different configurations: 16/32/64GB. It also retains the same 9.4 inch diagonal screen size with a resolution of 1280 x 800.[26] However, it refined the wrap design from a wedge-shape to a more understated design.[27] Initial release contained firmware with Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. Sony promised to release Android Jelly Bean 4.1 some time mid-April.[28]

Xperia Tablet Z[edit]

The Xperia Tablet Z was announced at Mobile World Congress in January 2013.[29] Among major changes include a move from Tegra-based processor to the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, with a larger screen size of 10.1 inches and upgraded resolution of 1920 x 1200. It will come in the same 16/32/64GB configurations, and up to 64 GB in MicroSD expansion. In addition, it will include a MHL port.

Sony has released the Xperia Tablet Z2, along with the Xperia Z2 phone, which still holds the title as world's thinnest and lightest tablet, thinner than the iPad Air. According to phonearena.com, it has a close tie with the iPad Air, gaining a 9.0 out of 10 score. It has a Triluminos display, and a widescreen 1920 x 1200 HD display, while keeping a 6.4mm width, and a waterproof IP 58 certification.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ a b c "IFA 2011: all the latest announcements". TechRadar. Future Publishing Ltd. 2 September 2011. 
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  12. ^ Ricker, Thomas (26 April 2011). "Sony S1 and S2 dual-screen Honeycomb tablets get official (video)". Engadget. AOL Inc. 
  13. ^ "Sony Announces Optimally Designed 'Sony Tablet' with Android 3.2 that Complements Network Services for an Immersive Entertainment Experience also Strengthening Vaio in Expanding PC Markets" (Press release). Sony Electronics Inc. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2011. [dead link]
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  15. ^ Millian, Mark (18 July 2011). "Team Android Tablet adds players". CNNTech. Cable News Network. 
  16. ^ Reynolds, Isabel (1 September 2011). "Sony tablets face tough sell on price, hardware". Reuters. 
  17. ^ Tablet & Smartphones | Xperia™ Tablet & Smartphones. Sony (2009-07-30). Retrieved on 2013-12-09.
  18. ^ "Sony Announces Optimally Designed "Sony Tablet" with Android 3.0 that Complements Network Services for an Immersive Entertainment Experience". sony.net. Retrieved 3 Dec 2011. 
  19. ^ ""Two Will" Story of two will and the two will be". sony.net. Retrieved 3 Dec 2011. 
  20. ^ Stewart, Chris (8 June 2011). "Sony S1 Review". TrendyTablets. 
  21. ^ Zamahsari. "Sony". Best Phone Reviews & News. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  22. ^ Stewart, Chris (13 June 2011). "Sony S2 Review". TrendyTablets. 
  23. ^ "The 8 biggest product flops of 2012". December 28, 2012. 
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  27. ^ Franklin, Eric. (2012-09-21) Sony Xperia Tablet S Review - Watch CNET's Video Review. Reviews.cnet.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-09.
  28. ^ Sony Xperia Tablet S Jelly Bean update starts tomorrow afternoon. Engadget.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-09.
  29. ^ Molen, Brad. (2013-02-25) Sony Xperia Tablet Z launching globally: 6.9mm thin, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro and 1,920 x 1,200 display (updated). Engadget.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-09.

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