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The Sony Xperia Tablet S is much thinner than its predecessor while maintaining its signature wrap around design. Apart of having newer hardware such as Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad core processor, the Xperia Tablet S is more rugged with splash proof features.
To find out what goes inside this aluminium clad body, Sony has released its own official tear down video which is performed by Sony’s very own engineer. While opening the tablet looks fairly easy with hooks and screws, the splash-proof tapes and seals require some force to open. The same goes for its LCD which they took about 20 minutes to remove. The battery on the new Xperia Tablet S takes up more footprint compared to its predecessor but overall it is much thinner to maintain its slim and light profile. They have also revealed that the 2 speakers are moved from the sides to the bottom to avoid hands covering them while in use.
Head after the break for the quick tear down and reassembly video.
The upgrade brings the tablet to Android version 4.0.3 and it comes with several new features. Firstly, the Tablet S is able to stream videos recorded from compatible Sony Blu-Ray players with a downloadable app. Another new additional is its “Small Apps” which is basically calendar, remote control and a tiny browser which runs as an overlay on top of your active app.
Also announced is a WiFi version of the foldable dual-screen Tablet P which will be available in Japan begining 21st April .
The Sony Tablet S is officially available this Month and it is also available for bundling on Yes. Outright, the Tablet S is priced at RM1,499 for the 16GB model and 1,799 for the 32GB model. These prices remain unchanged since its earlier pre-order.
On Yes, the Tablet S can be yours from RM1,288 with 24 months contract on Yes new postpaid plans. The bundle comes inclusive of a Yes Huddle Mifi and you must be tied with its highest 10GB postpaid plan of RM168/month. As an added extra, they also included a free Sony Tablet S cradle in the package while stocks last.
If you plan to sign up, there’s a RM100 activation fee and upfront payment up to RM600 which is rebated back across either 12 or 20 months period depending on your contract. For more information, head over to Yes’s Tablet S page.
Sony has revealed more details of its Tablet S Android tablet with pre-order package details. The pre-ordering info on their website is still quite sketchy at this point but the Tablet S models and pricing are revealed as follows:
For those that pre-order, they will get an exclusive ST Slip Case worth RM139. At the bottom, it is stated that estimated shipping time for Sony Tablet S pre-order package will begin tomorrow 28th January 2012 but no ideas what does that mean right now.
According to a tip from Fizie, My Sony & Sony Store members are being notified that they can get a Tablet S at Sony Store KLCC and at The Curve on 12-13 February 2012 with their exclusive booking numbers. That’s just couple of days before Valentine’s Day which falls on the 14th February.
Just a little recap on the Tablet S, the 9.4″ tablet runs on dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, comes with 1GB of RAM and weighs 598g. In terms of thickness, it is between 10.1mm at the thinnest point to 20.6mm at the thickest. When announced, it was running on Android 3.1 but it is upgradable to Android 3.2. For imaging, it comes with a 5MP camera at the back and a 0.3MP VGA camera in the front.
For more information, head over to the Sony Tablet S page.
Thanks to @fizie76 for the alert!