Official snaps of Sony’s upcoming Xperia Tablet have surfaced online, giving us a closer look at electronics giant’s next iPad challenger.
Details of the slate were leaked last week in internal slides, revealing an identical 9.4-inch display as year’s Tablet S, as well as a brawnier quad-core Tegra 3 processor, an improved eight-megapixel snapper (plus 1MP front facer) and a larger 6000mAH battery.
Today we’ve got our hands on some proper shots of the device, which, from the front looks largely identical to the Tablet S, but from the sides appears almost flat and noticeably slimmer.
That’s because the ‘folded magazine’ look of the Tablet S has been decreased considerably, now covering just a quarter of the device’s back, which you can tell by looking at it from an angle. Frankly, we wonder why Sony didn’t just get rid of it entirely, since now it hardly resembles a magazine.
Still, it looks rather slick and just unique enough to be not confused with an iPad. After all, the last thing Sony needs is an Apple lawsuit having suffered four consecutive annual losses.
Back in March, Sony revealed its tablets, including the less-known Tablet P, sold one million units worldwide. By now we imagine it has sold at least a few more, but probably not enough to really put a dent on the iPad.
So far only the Amazon Kindle Fire and the newly launched Google Nexus 7 seem to pose any sort of threat to the iPad, but mainly because they are much, much cheaper and smaller.
Clearly Sony still believes ‘regular' sized tablets are still where it’s at, but it’ll have a tough task convincing the rest, with Apple itself reputedly preparing a smaller tablet, the so-called iPad mini.
Whatever the case, we’ll find out soon enough. The Xperia Tablet is expected to debut in September. Pricing is likely to be the same as the Tablet S, starting at £399 for the cheapest 16GB variant.