Details on Sony's new Xperia Tablet leak

Sony's successor to their Tablet S has been rumoured for months now. Benchmarks have shown it runs on a Tegra 3, an FCC application revealed it has an aluminium back, but aside that not much was known. But today a whole internal presentation on the new Xperia Tablet has leaked, giving us a lot more information.

The new tablet falls under the Xperia brand. Since buying out Sony Ericsson it seems like Sony wants to group all their mobile products under the Xperia brand, and their slides reveal they want to work towards a much more uniform experience across all Xperia devices. The new Xperia Tablet still has the "folded magazine" look of the Tablet S, but is now much thinner and lighter, while retaining the same excellent display and battery. As expected it's powered by the tried and tested Tegra 3 quadcore.

The new design is also splash proof. When used in conjunction with a tablet stand Sony markets this as an excellent solution for use in the kitchen without having to worry about the tablet getting splashed with water, sauce and other things.

One of the most useful features (that was also present on the Tablet S) is the IR remote control, which allows you to control all your devices using IR - Sony and other brands. With the Xperia Tablet Sony has added Macro Mode, which allows you to execute multiple IR commands at the same time - much like Logitech's more advanced remote control solutions.

Sony seems to have come up with a keyboard cover idea around the same time as Microsoft, or they have some very fast copiers (which we doubt). In addition to the keyboard cover Sony designed a wealth of other accessories including a dock, multi-angle stand, cradle, connectivity cables, leather and fabric covers.

If the source is right the Xperia Tablet should appear on the US market in September running ICS or possibly even Jelly Bean out of the box. It will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB editions (possibly all with 3G) and priced around $400, $500 and $600 respectively.

Via and images: XperiaBlog
Source: XDA-Developers forum (pages 2 and 3, mostly)

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If they release this with an unlockable bootloader like they did with the original Tablet S its going to be a big fat FAIL just like the original tablet s

These Android based tablets look awesome but where are the apps for it? There are barely any good apps for Android Tablets when compared to competitors

StandingInAlley said,
These Android based tablets look awesome but where are the apps for it? There are barely any good apps for Android Tablets when compared to competitors

since Nexus 7 have released I have seem many tablet support and optimization..
Nexus 7 is a huge success.. so yes, tablet support has started to come. you just have to be patient.

.Neo said,
Yeah but still, Google doesn't allow for true tablet apps like Apple.

Doesnt ALLOW?? like how? care to explain?

still1 said,

since Nexus 7 have released I have seem many tablet support and optimization..
Nexus 7 is a huge success.. so yes, tablet support has started to come. you just have to be patient.

I don't think so. I bought a nexus 7 tablet and called them for return. They are so busy with all returns that i has been a week since I called them and yet waiting for my return label to be emailed to me. I called them couple of more times just to confirm that my return is in progress. They admitted it that they are so busy with returns. They Advertise good but product quality? very poor. apps are horrible. most of them are buggy and crappy. when I compare it to my old iPad it seems like I compare a passat to a BMW M5

S3P€hR said,

They admitted it that they are so busy with returns.


you can troll somewhere else... that made me laugh...

Thief000 said,
It's Sony, so NO THANKS! Their support is absolute shambles and the design screams rip-off once again.

That is your opinion of course, but Sony was among the first to update their tablets and smartphones to ICS, and their skinning is always very light compared to what Samsung and HTC do for example.

How is the design a rip-off in your opinion?

Ambroos said,

That is your opinion of course, but Sony was among the first to update their tablets and smartphones to ICS, and their skinning is always very light compared to what Samsung and HTC do for example.

How is the design a rip-off in your opinion?

I'm not talking about the software, but my experience with Sony's entire support department. They just suck!
Not the tablet itself is a ripoff as there isn't much to see in these photos (though the back of it looks absolutely strange judging from these photos - Sony's "design") the cover keyboard is. It's a straight up mix of iPad and Surface covers.

Thief000 said,

I'm not talking about the software, but my experience with Sony's entire support department. They just suck!
Not the tablet itself is a ripoff as there isn't much to see in these photos (though the back of it looks absolutely strange judging from these photos - Sony's "design") the cover keyboard is. It's a straight up mix of iPad and Surface covers.


Well things like that aren't just designed in a bit over a month. Okay, it's a bit like the iPad cover, but that is just a generic cover too. I doubt Sony knew what was coming, and they have been showing off concepts that look similar since long before Microsoft announced the Surface.

This laptop-tablet hybrid for example: http://laptopreviewshop.com/wp...C-slider-tablet-concept.jpg

Ambroos said,

Well things like that aren't just designed in a bit over a month. Okay, it's a bit like the iPad cover, but that is just a generic cover too. I doubt Sony knew what was coming, and they have been showing off concepts that look similar since long before Microsoft announced the Surface.

This laptop-tablet hybrid for example: http://laptopreviewshop.com/wp...C-slider-tablet-concept.jpg

Sure, they make other designs, but that doesn't look anything like this one, which does look alot like the Surface.

Thief000 said,
It's Sony, so NO THANKS! Their support is absolute shambles and the design screams rip-off once again.

I still respect Sony for what they do. Even their low-end smartphone cameras are pretty awesome.

Thief000 said,
It's Sony, so NO THANKS! Their support is absolute shambles and the design screams rip-off once again.

Funny you say Sony's design is rip-off....

Good entertainment, thank you.

Thief000 said,

I'm not talking about the software, but my experience with Sony's entire support department. They just suck!
Not the tablet itself is a ripoff as there isn't much to see in these photos (though the back of it looks absolutely strange judging from these photos - Sony's "design") the cover keyboard is. It's a straight up mix of iPad and Surface covers.

I find it extremely frustrating that even when the author makes a subtle effort to let people know that the design is unlikely to be a copy, there are still people who bulldoze onwards to the comments screaming "copycat, copycat, they're nothing but a copycat!"

Subhadip said,
All it is missing is a high resolution display. Add that in and this will be one of the top tablets on market.

Tegra 3 wasn't designed to push a 1080p display smoothly.

Neobond said,
Oh god, as long as we don't have to cover another two companies suing each other (cover keyboard)

Hah, "cover" it.

On the other hand, Sony is pretty huge. They have one of the biggest patent portfolios when it comes to media technology, and they also have access to Ericsson's gigantic communications portfolio. I don't think even Microsoft dares to sue Sony. Nobody has so far with these recent lawsuit wars.

Ambroos said,

Hah, "cover" it.

On the other hand, Sony is pretty huge. They have one of the biggest patent portfolios when it comes to media technology, and they also have access to Ericsson's gigantic communications portfolio. I don't think even Microsoft dares to sue Sony. Nobody has so far with these recent lawsuit wars.

Don't know hat you mean by "Microsoft dares to sue Sony", they will if they have to(like Motorla) . Sony already pays some licencing fees to Microsoft for PlayStation (FAT32) and android .. You cannot make a phone or tablet without paying something to Microsoft

and btw the now defunct Sony Ericsson is different from Ericsson. Ericsson is still in business and they still hold their communications patent portfolio not SE. just to add Microsoft leads Sony in the patent "league"

kinpin said,

Don't know hat you mean by "Microsoft dares to sue Sony", they will if they have to(like Motorla) . Sony already pays some licencing fees to Microsoft for PlayStation (FAT32) and android .. You cannot make a phone or tablet without paying something to Microsoft

and btw the now defunct Sony Ericsson is different from Ericsson. Ericsson is still in business and they still hold their communications patent portfolio not SE. just to add Microsoft leads Sony in the patent "league"


Well yes, but Sony is still huge. Microsoft won't try to patent troll them, that's what I mean.

And Sony Ericsson was indeed a joint venture between Sony and Ericsson. Sony Ericsson has it's how patents, but also had access to Sony's patents and Ericsson's patents to defend themselves should it be needed. One of the terms of the buyout is that Sony retains access to Ericsson's patent portfolio. They can use the patented technology in their products and they can use the patents to defend themselves. And Sony Mobile (formerly Sony Ericsson) has quite a large set of patents too.

Patent-wise Sony is one of the strongest players in the field. But they play it fair. They pay their licensing costs and they license their technology. They didn't sue anyone so far either, as far as I know.


But its never MS MO to patent troll. The only company sued for patent I can think of was Motorola (maybe B&N ?) which stopped paying its licensing fees.

As I stated above Microsoft has a wider patent portfolio than than Sony.. add the 800 patents they recently acquired from AOL , a few touch gesture related from PixelSense and others from Sky they are in a far better position than Sony is.

BTW SonyEricsson had a combined patent portfolio of 6000 patents, Motorola had 17k + telecom related patents and yet Microsoft still sued them and won in both US and Germany .

http://www.totaltele.com/view.aspx?ID=468138

Ambroos said,

Well yes, but Sony is still huge. Microsoft won't try to patent troll them, that's what I mean.

And Sony Ericsson was indeed a joint venture between Sony and Ericsson. Sony Ericsson has it's how patents, but also had access to Sony's patents and Ericsson's patents to defend themselves should it be needed. One of the terms of the buyout is that Sony retains access to Ericsson's patent portfolio. They can use the patented technology in their products and they can use the patents to defend themselves. And Sony Mobile (formerly Sony Ericsson) has quite a large set of patents too.

Patent-wise Sony is one of the strongest players in the field. But they play it fair. They pay their licensing costs and they license their technology. They didn't sue anyone so far either, as far as I know.

I don't believe SE having a license to Ericsson's patents means they can go around suing everyone. Besides, a lot of those communications patents are standards essential, and this very likely licensed under FRAND. They are unlikely to be used as a billy club in patent wars unless they want to be investigated by the EU.