Thinner and lighter than the original Sony Tablet S, the new Xperia tablet is claimed to be "designed for real-life use around the home and outdoors".
Running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, the splash-proof slate has a speedy NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, which should be able to handle most tasks, including video streaming and gaming.
The Xperia S can be used as an infra-red universal remote control, enabling users to control certain compatible TVs, set top boxes or home entertainment systems. A macro-function stores time-saving sequences of commands for instant recall, with six slots available.
Sony has also included a Guest Mode feature on the slate that allows family or friends to create individual password-protected profiles with their own wallpaper, icons, and apps from the Google Play store.
Integrated with the Sony Entertainment Network, the Xperia S gives full access to the Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services for purchase of content via subscription or on demand. The Reader app offers a range of eBooks.
Built with Sony's ClearAudio+ technology, the tablet comes integrated with Sony's Walkman application that automatically compiles a list of songs which have been 'liked' by the user's Facebook friends.
The Album app offers options for sorting and sharing pictures and video taken on the tablet, while film content can be accessed using the Movies application.
Photos and videos can further be stored in the cloud and then shared using the PlayMemories Online service. In the autumn, the tablet will get access to a new range of dedicated content for PlayStation Mobile at the PlayStation Store.
The new Xperia Tablet S from Sony is available for pre-order from today (August 30) from www.sony.co.uk, and will be available to buy from September 7 from selected retail outlets.
It costs £329 for the model with 16GB of internal storage, or £379 for the 32GB version. A 64GB model has also been listed, but Sony has not yet confirmed the pricing.
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