Sony officially announced the Xperia Tablet S yesterday (I know, I’m a bit late to the game!), with some specs that are just outstanding and pretty close to the Transformer lineup. This slick and fast new tablet will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor, and will be powered with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a possibility for a Jelly Bean update in the near future. The tablet will have built0in storage options of up to 64 gigs meaning their will be a 16GB, 32GB and 64GB model. The device has a look similar to the Tablet S, featuring a “folded-over” magazine shape, but it is now made of medal and is a whole lot lighter than what it was. It has a 9.4 inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1290 x 800, a 6,000 mAh battery that will reportedly last up to at least 10 hours (video content or just average use was not specified). The device also boasts of a IR (infrared) emitter which will also make the tablet a universal remote (similar to what the Tablet S had offered).
Sony says that the Xperia Talbet S will be available on September 8th with pre-orders starting today. The 16GB model will be starting at a fairly cheap price point of $400, 32 gigs for $500 and 64 gigs for $600. There are also a numerous amount of accessories available for this new device starting with the keyboard ($100), the three-position stand with HDMI output (which is also $100), the charging cradle ($40), dock speakers ($130), two carrying cases ($51 and $80 respectively), and a stand ($25). Sony has said that the Xperia Tablet S will be launching with a really nice promotion of up to $45 worth of feature films off the Google Play Store, which will allow you to pick three different movies from a 15 film pre-set list.
Here’s some details on the new Sony Xperia S Tablet:
“We know that eighty-eight percent of tablet owners in the US are using their tablets in the living room,¹ and are multi-tasking with their tablets while watching TV,” said Phil Lubell, vice president of networked technologies and services at Sony Electronics. “We wanted to enhance that living room experience by providing interactive and useful features with the Xperia Tablet S.”
Not only will Xperia Tablet S owners be able to control their living room, but they can also control content on the device for various other people using Sony’s new exclusive Guest Mode feature. Guest Mode allows for personalized configurations for different users by displaying different wallpaper, applications and widgets. The tablet owner can manage access for any friend or family member by regulating which apps and widgets are accessible by others. Guest Mode can provide parents with a strong parental control tool by offering more supervision over what content their children can consume.
“Tablets are no longer just a personal device, but are being shared by family members, and we heard from consumers that they wanted to have parental controls. It was important for us to provide parents with a solution for controlling what content their children could access from the tablet,” Lubell added.
Xperia Tablet’s splash proof design helps provide assurance that the tablet is protected from the elements. With an IPX-4 splash proof rating, the Xperia Tablet S can withstand splashing water at all angles when the multi-port cover is in place. Even with wet hands the LCD screen will still recognize touch gestures, making the device a perfect companion in the kitchen and beyond.
Sound quality is enhanced with ClearAudio+ mode. ClearAudio+ mode, developed with Sony’s own signal processing technologies, allows users to effortlessly enjoy audio quality that is distinctly Sony. ClearAudio+ mode incorporates a variety of Sony’s technologies, but with one simple operation, users can easily enjoy Sony recommended sound in ultimate clarity and presence, across the entire spectrum of sound.
As you all probably know, I was and still am, really excited about this specific tablet specifically because it was being created by Sony and rumored to be a Xperia tablet. I always have loved Sony because of their innovative designs and overall good hardware. At a time when the PlayStation 3 came out I refused to buy it simply because a lot of my local stores were asking for $700+ for the hardware. I totally wasn’t throwing that down when the Xbox 360 was fairly cheap at the time. There are stark differences between the two consoles, but when the PlayStation 3 first launched, I didn’t see a whole lot that really made the two differ.
That said, for the past year I have been really looking at Sony hardware, especially some of the Xperia phones. After seeing really good reviews, competitive pricing and some seriously awesome specifications and hardware, I have really started getting into Sony products. That said, I’ll be one of the people getting the Sony Xperia S and most likely selling my Transformer Pad (I should have waited a little longer to get a tablet!). There were tons of rumors showing some outrageous pricing on the tablet, but gladly they were false and the 16GB version ended up only reaching a point of $400. Not only that, but they offer numerous of cool accessories that will come with the tablet. Of course, that will cost a bit more than the $400 they’re asking for, but it could potentially be worth it if you strictly use your tablet for media among other things.
With the innovative design that Sony is offering with this new device, I honestly hope that this new tablet will sell extremely well. A lot of the tablets we have right now essentially feel like replicas of each other. Sony seems to have done a great job in keeping themselves distinctive in that area.
Will anyone be pre-ordering the tablet or picking it up on day one when it becomes available for purchase? I really want to but will probably be waiting a month or so before grabbing it. Aside from getting the tablet, is anyone looking at the accessories that it offers too?