Sony Xperia Tablet S

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Xperia Tablet S
Manufacturer Sony
Product family Xperia series
Type Tablet computer
Release date US: September 7, 2012; 23 months ago (2012-09-07)[1]
Operating system Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich[2]
CPU Nvidia Tegra 3, quad core, 1300 MHz[3]
Memory 1GB [3]
Storage 16/32/64 GB[3]
Sound Internal speakers
Input Multi-touch touchscreen display
Camera Rear: 8.0 MP
Front: Yes
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
3G HSDPA in UK
Weight 585g (20.64oz) [3]
Website discover.store.sony.com/tablet/#intro

The Xperia Tablet S is a touchscreen Android tablet designed by Sony. It was announced at Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) 2012, and debuted in the US on September 7, 2012. The tablet directly succeeded the Sony Tablet S, with a thinner and lighter design, a faster processor, and an improved camera. It is the first Sony tablet to be marketed with the Xperia branding.

Hardware[edit]

The Xperia Tablet S features a magazine inspired design similar to its predecessor's, but the angle is less pronounced than in the original.[4] It includes a full sized SD card slot, along with a proprietary Sony charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.[4] It also features an infrared blaster, which acts as a universal remote.[5]

Sony advertised the tablet as "splash proof" with its multi-port cover installed.[6] Sales of the tablet were suspended in October 2012 when it was discovered that a manufacturing error left gaps between the screen and the case, which compromises its waterproofing.[7][8]

Software[edit]

A modified version of Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich ships on the tablet. Some alterations include the ability to add multiple user accounts and control of the tablet's IR blaster. It is now upgradeable to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.[4]

Variants[edit]

The Xperia Tablet S is sold in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models. These are Wifi-only in the US, but 3G/4G models are available in the UK.[5][9]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception has been mixed. In his review, Engadget writer Joseph Volpe stated that the Xperia Tablet S "misses the mark in everyday performance."[5] However, David Pierce of The Verge gave the tablet a 7.6 out of 10, concluding that it had "no glaring flaws."[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Catharine (2012-09-04). "Xperia Tablet S release". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  2. ^ "Xperia Tablet S unveiled". Techradar.com. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Xperia Tablet S Specs". Phonearena.com. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Verge Xperia Tablet S review". Theverge.com. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  5. ^ a b c "Engadget Xperia Tablet S review". Engadget.com. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  6. ^ "Sony Tablet S: Footnotes". Sony. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  7. ^ "Sony halts new Xperia tablet sales". BBC News. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  8. ^ "Sony halts Xperia tablet sales after defect found". Reuters. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  9. ^ http://www.sony.co.uk/product/xperia-tablet-s/tab/editorialarticle2

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Preceded by
Sony Tablet S
Sony Xperia Tablet S
2012
Succeeded by
Sony Xperia Tablet Z