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£319 Sony Xperia Tablet S; a splashproof tablet from a tier-1 brand

The Sony Xperia Tablet S was unveiled at IFA in Germany last year and is the replacement of the Tablet S which it borrows the shape and form factor from. Carphone Warehouse sells it for a mere £319, a £30 discount off its SRP.

It is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3, a quad-core SoC clocked at 1.3GHz. There’s also 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 9.4in 1,280 x 800 pixels IPS display, a card reader, an 8-megapixel camera and a weight of only 570g.

Sony packed the Xperia Tablet S with a number of interesting features. Firstly, thanks to an IR sensor, you can use it as a universal remote control, albeit a rather big one, to control devices such as blu-ray players.

There’s also a nifty guest mode which allows you to share your tablet without the fear of compromising your privacy.

Other features include the Sony OptiContrast Technology, an aluminium splash proof body (but not a waterproof one), Clear Phase, xLoud and S-Force surround audio technologies plus DLNA compatibility. Unfortunately for the Tablet S, there are other competitive tablets (like the Google Nexus 7) on the market especially if you don’t mind a smaller display and can compromise on a few other features.

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