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Sony Xperia S now on sale

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 09 Sep 2012 16:08 User comments (5)

Sony Xperia S now on sale Unveiled just last month, Sony has put the Xperia S tablet up for sale today.
Following the failed launches of their under-powered and expensive Tablet S and Tablet P models, the new Xperia S will actually be able to compete with other leaders in the space. Using the ergonomic wedge design and integrated IR remote from the Tablet S, Sony has added Android 4.0, a Tegra 3 quad-core processor at 1.3GHz, removed the proprietary charger, and dropped the price a bit.

The tablet has a 9.4-inch IPS screen with 1,280x800-pixel resolution and a Sony TruBlack panel, leading to more "vibrant colors, deeper blacks, and minimal screen reflections," says the company.

Additionally, the tablet has 1GB RAM, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 3.0, a gyroscope, and an accelerometer. There is a full SD card slot and an HDMI input, as well as dual cameras 1/8MP.

Sony's biggest selling point is the remote control, which, when partnered with the company's own Watch Now software allows you to turn the tablet into a large remote and TV guide. You can power on multiple devices from the tablet, including a DVD/Blu-ray player, sound system, etc, using just one button.

There is a potential to buy a tall dock for $99, making it into more of a desktop.

The Xperia Tablet S is priced at 16GB ($399), 32GB ($499), and 64GB ($599).

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5 user comments

19.9.2012 19:09

Still far, far too expensive. I'd just get a Surface Pro for significantly less, at that price point.

Sony just seems incapable of learning from their mistakes.

29.9.2012 22:11

Originally posted by Bozobub:
Still far, far too expensive. I'd just get a Surface Pro for significantly less, at that price point.

Sony just seems incapable of learning from their mistakes.
Far too expensive? My Transformer Prime cost more than this.

And this is an amazing move for Sony, showing that they're at the very least willing to make smart changes and have lower prices (which is something Sony rarely does).

Moves like this make me think Sony may stay in the game after all.

39.9.2012 22:18

At those price points, it's going to have a very hard time vs. both the cheaper Android tablets (especially the Nexus 7), as well as the iPad family, especially with the advent of the new 7" iPads. The only real advantages it has over the Nexus 7 are higher resolution and a microSD slot.

410.9.2012 16:11

"the new Xperia S will actually be able to compete with other leaders in the space"

And yet it's 'biggest selling point' is that it can be used as a TV remote control?

510.9.2012 16:31

Originally posted by SeventhSon:
"the new Xperia S will actually be able to compete with other leaders in the space"

And yet it's 'biggest selling point' is that it can be used as a TV remote control?
As far as I'm concerned, they can't compete using anything that runs Linux...it would be useless if they removed Linux support and they already know that they can get away with it.


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