Like the original S1, and Tablet S, the Xperia™ Tablet has a ‘folded over magazine’ form factor, with one side being thicker than the other, which although it looks slightly odd, makes holding the thin tablet one handed far more manageable. The thicker side of the tablet is far less pronounced than the on the P1 and definitely an improvement.
The tablet looks really impressive, the glossy black front and brushed aluminium back ooze quality in the same way the iPad does.
The Xperia™ Tablet S measures 241.2mm (W) x 8.8mm (H1) / 11.85mm (H2) x 174.4mm (D) and weighs 585g (3G model) with the WiFi-only model sheddding 15g.
The new model has had a welcome bump in specs too, running Android 4 (ICS) and packing an NVIDIA® Tegra®3 quad-core processor which pushes the 9.4” (1280 x 800) IPS OptiContrast™* display along nicely. Storage wise the Xperia™ Tablet S comes with either 16, 32 or 64GB and has an SD Card slot for further expansion.
Connectivity includes Bluetooth® 3.0, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and optional 3G and also has a built in microphone and headphone out socket. Battery capacity is an impressive 6000 mAh which provides the required 10 hours runtime (Internet browsing) or up to 12 hours video playback.
Sony has customised Android with their own selection of Apps and Widgets such as the “Walkman” and “Album” Apps that integrate social networking sites such as Facebook photos and ‘liked’ songs directly, and ‘Small Apps’ (widgets) that let you add one-touch controls for things like volume and brightness to the homescreen.
Sony say you can even control your compatible home entertainment system with the Xperia™ Tablet – switching on your TV, satellite box and home entertainment system.
Something new for Android is the ability to create Profiles, dubbed Guest Mode, allowing each family member to share the tablet whilst retaining their own setup, wallpaper and Apps. This is something many people would find invaluable in a family environment, and would allow me to have a tablet that wasn’t constantly changed or personalised with flowery wallpaper by my wife!
There are 2 cameras on the Xperia™ Tablet S, a rear facing 8MP and a front facing 1MP suitable for video conferencing only. I’m waiting to see the quality of these cameras, and if we manage to get a review unit in we’ll post some sample images.
Find out more about the Xperia™ Tablet S on the official Sony website and it’s available to buy now at prices starting from £329.00