Sony Xperia Tablet S officially announced

As expected, Sony has announced a new tablet device called the Sony Xperia Tablet S during its press conference at IFA in Berlin. It will feature an Nvida Tegra 3 quad core processor, come loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from the box, and looks exactly the same as the images leaked earlier in the week, proving their validity.

It will sport a full-sized SD card slot (no microSD for Sony), come with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB in-built storage, and USB output. There's also HDMI connectivity through a dongle and Bluetooth 3.0.

The Xperia Tablet S comes with an (oddly sized) 9.4-inch touchscreen with a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution, and features an 8-megapixel camera on the rear, 1-megapixel on the front for video calling. Up to 10 hours is claimed as the battery life before charging.

Naturally, an ambient light sensor, gyro, compass, accelerometer and GPS are fitted as standard.

An IR blaster allows users to control their home AV equipment, including Sony kit, obviously, but also other brands' gear. And there's a stack of proprietary software including the apps for Sony Entertainment Network Services to allow you access to movie rentals, music and more.

UK prices for the Sony Xperia Tablet S are yet to be revealed, but it will hit stores on 7 September in the US for $399 (16GB), $499 (32GB) and $599 (64GB) and European release is listed as September too.



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