Sony announced a new Android-based tablet at IFA in Berlin at a press conference, a step that sees the company rebrand the “tablet S” as the “Xperia Tablet S” and may well have spelt the end of the dual-screen tablet P.
The tablet has a new slim new aluminium chassis and a splash-proof design, a 9.4in 1,280 x 720 resolution with Sony’s OptiContrast panel and a low-friction coating. Other features include an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor, an update on the Tegra 2 on the original tablet S), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, no USB ports, what appears to be a SD card reader, an integrated universal remote control with macro functionality, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and Playstation Certification.
The Xperia Tablet S also has a proprietary port that allows it to be connected to a string of accessories including a nice looking boom box. Pricing and availability, as well as battery life, have yet to be revealed.
The prices of the Sony tablets have been going significantly over the last few months, a clear sign that existing stocks were being cleared ahead of new product(s). As for the tablet P, it was an innovative device that proved to be a commercial failure.