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.