Sony’s new tablet – Sony Tablet S
Update: Pre-order the devices here from Sony USA – Pre-order link.
Those of you looking for an Android tablet that looks completely different to any other Android tablet should look no further than the Sony Tablet S, a tablet that rather looks like a notebook (a physical notebook which you write on) that has been folded up. It’s much thicker than the iPad 2, but we feel it gives a certain charm to it that other tablets are missing. Not only does it look unique, but it’s packing some serious specs under its hood which should help it power through any game or video you throw at it.
It features a 9.4-inch screen with a display resolution of 1280 x 800, although reports say the glass feels cheap and it feels like it would shatter if you dropped it, so clearly Gorilla Glass is out. It features a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor which is some serious power if other devices that use the Tegra 2 processor are any indication. Inbuilt is also 1GB or RAM which is useful, but the device will apparently only be Wi-fi, so no 3G if you were expecting it. It’s also got either 16GB or 32GB of inbuilt storage with the option to further increase that via a microSD storage up to 32GB. It’s also running Android 3.0 – Honeycomb.
It’s also got a 5MP rear-facing camera, 0.3MP front-facing for video calls and such, so it will be expected to be a multimedia device as well. Battery life is expected to be decent as well with the Sony Tablet S hitting 8:35 in tests according to Engadget.
|Sony Tablet S||8:35|
|Apple iPad 2||10:26|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1||9:55|
|RIM BlackBerry PlayBook||7:01|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab||6:09|
As for cost? It’ll be available in Sepetember in Australia and it’ll cost a pretty $579 for the 16GB model, and $689 for the 32GB model. So how about it then? Would you drop that much down on a Sony Android Tablet or would you prefer to wait for something like the iPad 3? Let us know.