Sony's 2011 Xperia phones may get Jelly Bean after all; new Xperia Tablet S launching at IFA?

Sony is reconsidering its position on Jelly Bean upgrades for its 2011 Xperia range, now venturing that it is "actively investigating" bringing the latest Android OS to devices like the Arc S and Mini Pro.

The new statement backtracks on previous claims made via the firm's Facebook page that last year's Xperia smartphones would not get a trip to the sweet shop. At the time, the Arc S and now year-old Mini Pro were specifically mentioned as being left behind. The revised declaration, made on the company's product blog, says that the earlier assertion was made "in error."

However, owners of less recent Xperia handsets might not want to get their hopes up immediately, as Sony will continue to focus on making good on its Ice Cream Sandwich promises, with the Japanese corporation moving to reassure its user base that rollout of Android 4.0 for all of it 2011 Xperia devices will continue "as planned."

In other Sony news, new information leaked online suggests that the firm is set to unveil a new tablet, the Xperia Tablet S, at this year's IFA bonanza. The slate will be the successor to the Tablet S, with the new device set to be thinner and more powerful.

The Xperia Tablet S (see top) will measure just 8.8mm at its thinnest point – 42 per cent more slender than the original – and feature a significant engine room upgrade, now boasting a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and arriving pre-loaded with Ice Cream Sandwich.

Featuring a similar wedge design, the new product will have an aluminium finish, splash-proof body, and come with a built-it keyboard accessory similar to that of Microsoft's Surface tablet, meaning that the Sony 's latest slate too will be able to quickly morph into a fully-fledged laptop.

The tablet will come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models, with all versions supporting 3G and Wi-Fi, and the essential spec sheet rounded out by an 8-megapixel rear snapper, a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 9.4in touchscreen running a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is expected to be released in time for the holiday shopping season, with pricing set for $399.99 (16GB, £255), $499.99 (32GB, £320), and $599.99 (64GB, £380).

All British pricing is based on today's exchange rate and is not a formal indication of cost expectation for the UK or Europe.

Of course, IFA wouldn't be a party without ITProPortal in attendance and we're pleased to announce that we're sending a team to Berlin in late-August to cover all the key developments at the annual trade show, with visits to Sony and other tech titans already in the calendar.

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