Quad-core Sony Xperia Tablet S now official, available on September 7 for $399
The quad-core Sony Xperia tablet we first told you about last month has been officially announced today at IFA in Berlin. It’s called the Sony Xperia Tablet S, and is clearly the successor to the Sony Tablet S from last year.
It comes with a 1280×800 touchscreen, an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, full size SD slot, IR emitter (allowing the tablet to act as a remote control), and a 6,000 mAh battery. The Xperia Tablet S will ship on September 7, running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. An update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has been promised. Pre-orders should become available later today.
The tablet is made of metal, and it’s splash proof and can be operated with wet hands (touchscreen included). The Xperia Tablet S will come in Wi-Fi-only form with 16, 32, or 64 GB of built-in storage, retailing for $399, $499, and $599, respectively.
A neat range of accessories will also be launched. There will be a cover with built-in keyboard for $99.99, a docking stand for the same amount, a simple stand for $24.99, carrying covers, a $39.99 charging cradle, and a $129.99 dock speaker (available in November).
The Xperia Tablet S comes with many Sony apps, including the usual Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited, but also a guest mode, Watch Now (live TV viewing), and PlayMemories, Sony’s new cloud storage service which offers you 5 GB of space for free.