Sony announces Xperia tablet

2012-08-30 11:29
Sony has announced the launch of the Xperia Tablet S. (Sony)

Sony has announced the launch of the Xperia Tablet S. (Sony)

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Cape Town - Sony has announced that the Xperia Tablet S will be launched globally at the consumer electronics show IFA.

The Xperia Tablet S is the latest device to take on the iPad and Sony Mobile has said that the device that has received positive reviews in other markets will be heading to SA.

It features a quad core processor and runs the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system, placing at the top end of the tablets running Google's software.

The device features an 8 megapixel main camera and 1 megapixel secondary camera. The tablet is slightly smaller than the iPad at 23cm. It also has OptiContrast technology, similar to Sony TVs.

This reduces reflection when viewing the display and should give the device an advantage in direct sunlight.

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The Xperia Tablet S is splash proof and Sony will exploit its ability to synch with other devices in what the company calls its "four screen interface".

The device features a full sized SD card slot and users can expect customised Android skins that Sony has employed in the Android interface of its range of smartphones.

Tablet computers have emerged as a major growth sector for manufactures, but Apple still commands 68% of the global market.

Sony also announced the launch of the Xperia T and V smartphones featuring 11cm screens, 13 megapixel camera, and 1.5GHz dual core processors.

Both phones run the Android 4.0 operating system, but following their launch Sony will upgrade them to 4.1 (Jellybean).

The Xperia J is somewhat underpowered compared to the previous two, but features a 9mm width and a 5 megapixel main camera.

It is unclear when Sony will launch the devices in SA.


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