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Sony S Tablet

Sony S Tablet

Sony’s enters the tablet PC market with smooth curves and rounded edges…

It’s taken over two years for Sony to enter the tablet PC market, but as of yesterday, the company’s first contender, the Sony S Tablet, is now available for purchase.

The body of the S Tablet takes on smooth curves and rounded edges in a form factor that appears to be one piece of plastic folded like a magazine. The design is not simply aesthetic, it’s practical too as the ‘fold’ provides a more comfortable angle for typing when the device is laid flat, the slighter wider side also makes it easier to grip like a book.

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Sony S Tablet

At the heart of the S Tablet is a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, which is sufficient to capture and playback 1080p HD. The 9.4” capacitive touchscreen has a resolution of 1280 x 800, so playback on the device won’t be true HD, but that can easily be achieved by linking up the device to a larger display via the micro HDMI port. As far as ports go, there’s a headphone output and an SD expansion slot, which which allows extra storage up to 32GB. The S Tablet will be available in 16GB or 32GB models.

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Sony S Tablet


sony s tablet

Sony S Tablet

Other features worth noting are the tablets’ 0.3 megapixel front camera, and its 5.0 megapixel rear cam. Unfortunately there is no 3G or 4G version, connectivity is currently limited to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n.

The S Tablet runs Android Honeycomb, and comes pre-installed with Sony Entertainment Network with Music Unlimited app, Video Unlimited as well as games for PS Certified devices. A universal remote app that not only controls Sony devices, but many other brands too, is another welcome addition.

Sony has also added a few bonuses to the OS; a slight modification to the touchscreen algorithm makes it more responsive to your finger, there’s also the option to sort your apps alphabetically, newest first, or completely customized. The tweak to the touchscreen apparently makes the device a dream to type on, according to TechRadar, the on screen keyboard is “one of the best in the business.”

The battery life is also up to par when compared with other top tablets on the market lasting around 4 hours when playing video, around 9 hours when gaming and web browsing, and around 30 hours when used occasionally.

The 16GB version is currently selling for $499, the 32GB is priced at $599; great prices for company that typically markets itself as a premium manufacturer.

Next up on Sony’s list is the folding P Tablet. This model was the one that got all the press a few years back when the company announced it was developing tablets. Still no official word on release dates, but the features and specs are already up on the Sony store website, so hopefully it shouldn’t be too long.



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  1. James Stables: Sony Tablet S review: Camera. Tech Radar, 08/19/2011.
  2. Sony, 2011.
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One Comment

  1. There was a time, a long time ago, whe Sony was the lynchpin of portable electronics, much as Apple is today. It would be nice if they innovated again

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