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Sony Xperia Tablet S back on UK shelves after recall

Sony's latest flagship tablet, the Xperia Tablet S, has returned to UK shelves after being officially sidelined in October due to a manufacturing issue.

The Xperia Tablet S was launched in September at IFA 2012 and went on sale shortly thereafter, but was pulled just over a month into its retail life after the supposedly water-resistant device was discovered to be defective.

A gap in the rear display panel apparently compromised its ability to rebuff water and prompted Sony to recall its Tablet S successor.

Keeping with its promise to return to the product to active sale status in November, the Japanese firm has quietly relaunched the Xperia Tablet S, with three out of four models available now from the Sony UK online store.

The Xperia Tablet S sports a 9.4in, 1,280 x 800 pixel display at 161 PPI. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the device features a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset clocked at 1.4GHz and supported by 1GB of RAM. Auxillary features include an 8-megapixel primary camera and 1-megapixel front-facing snapper, as well as a discreet SD card slot and a Multi-Port that functions primarily as a charger socket but can also be utilised as a USB or HDMI port given the appropriate accessory - a USB lead is bundled as part of the power set-up, but an HDMI adapter will cost £30 via Sony.

The contraption comes in four variations: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB Wi-Fi-only models, and a 16GB Wi-Fi and 3G iteration, with pricing starting at £329 and maxing out at £449.

Neat little extras include Sony-exclusive software like "Watch Now," designed to transform the device into a TV guide and remote control, as well as the now corrected splash-proof casing.

Sony and its fanbase will no doubt be pleased to the see the return of this Xperia Tablet S, though it faces intense competition this Christmas from the likes of the fourth-generation iPad and the Google Nexus 10.

For more, check out our best tablets for Christmas 2012 feature.