Sony didn’t get off to the best start with its new Xperia Tablet S, as shortly after it went on sale in the UK in October, it was swiftly withdrawn due to a manufacturing issue which made the tablet susceptible to water damage. Not the best thing when you’ve advertised it as splash proof.
It’s all better now though, and Sony has put its attractive Android tablet back into UK stores ready for the Christmas rush. Announced at the end of August during a packed Sony presentation at the IFA 2012 show, the Xperia Tablet S runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and is powered by a quad-core, 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor.
The Xperia Tablet S retains the unusual folded paper look from the first Sony tablet, and is equipped with two cameras — an 8-megapixel lens on the rear, and a 1-megapixel video call camera on the front. The screen measures 9.4-inches and has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, and the tablet comes with either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage memory.
Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD card slot, stereo speakers and a battery which Sony say will provide 12 hours standard usage between charges. This is a Sony product, so it has a premium look and feel, right down to the 8.8mm thick, aluminium chassis. Good though this is, it also means it has a premium price tag, with the 16GB model priced at £329, rising to £379 and £429 for the 32GB and 64GB tablets respectively. A 3G version is also available and starts at £429 for the 16GB model.
Sony has some serious competition this year, with everyone from Amazon, Google and even newcomer Barnes & Noble all offering budget tablets with a specification that’s not far removed from the Xperia Tablet S’s. Those willing to pay more for a tablet will also be looking at the Apple iPad and iPad Mini of course, all of which makes both Sony’s and the consumer’s job very difficult this Christmas.