Sony introduced its new Xperia Tablet S last week which is an upgraded version of the Tablet S released last year. Although the design has been changed, it still runs on Android, but now Ice Cream Sandwich.
In the midst of launches of a number of Windows 8- or Windows RT-based tablets and hybrid computers, Sony remains the only one to launch Android-based devices. The company concurrently launched Xperia line of smartphones, T, K and J.
Last year’s Tablet S was a nice device with a unique tapered design for increased ergonomics with there were some quirks in terms of usability that were not received as the Japanese company would have hoped. However, the new device comes with an upgraded design, a recent, not latest, version of Android and the strong Xperia brand name that was, until its launch, limited to smartphones.
The new Xperia Tablet S does away with the wedge shape of the body and brings in a uniform design through the spine. However, it still has a rolled-magazine like feeling at the back.
The tablet is set to be released to store shelves on September 7.
The Tablet S sports a 9.5-inch display with a 1,280×800-pixel resolution supported by the company’s signature TruBlack display technology. Sony says that TruBlack results in vivid colours, deeper blacks and lesser reflection or gloss. The viewing angles are wider than the previous version.
Under the casing is a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz and supported by 1 GB of RAM. The four cores have flexibility to work in ones, twos and fours according to the requirement of the application. In the single core function, the processor goes to a clock speed of 1.4 GHz.
There is a full-size SD card slot and an HDMI input and a headphone jack, volume rocker, and the power/sleep button on either side of the device. Moreover, Bluetooth and WiFi are built-in. There is a 1-megapixel camera on the front and an 8-megapixel HD snapper at the rear.