Sony is set to launch a new Android tablet as it prepares a fresh assault on Apple’s iPad and the growing menace of the rival Android slates, leaked details of a hitherto unseen device suggest.
Despite the lukewarm performances of its Tablet S and P efforts last year, it seems Sony is not about to throw in the towel just yet. Slides detailing what appears to be a direct sequel to the Tablet S, dubbed simply ‘Xperia Tablet’, have emerged on the XDA Developers forum.
Features on board include 9.4-inch display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, just like the Tablet S but powered by a beefier a Tegra 3 quad-core processor. It’s also home to an improved eight-megapixel rear-mounted camera and a 1-megapixel front-facer, plus a bigger 6000mAh battery offering up to 20 per cent more power.
Perhaps the most standout improvement, though, is that the device will be 42 per cent slimmer than the Tablet S, although it will retain the wedge design of its forebear.
Another neat feature is a so-called ‘Guest Mode’, which allows multiple users share a single tablet. This could be pretty handy for family or even work use.
There’ll also be a number accessories available, including an integrated keyboard that doubles as a screen cover, a charging cradle, a docking stand, dock speaker and carrying case.
Unlike most leaks, this one even reveals pricing details. There will be three storage variants of the tablet: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB – at $449.99, $549.99 and $649.99 respectively, making it reasonably competitive with the iPad, though not so much with the likes of the Google Nexus 7 or the Amazon Kindle Fire.
The Xperia Tablet is expected to debut in September, beating Microsoft’s Windows 8-powered Surface tablet to market, which is due to land on October 26th.