Some info leaked in the weeks leading up to the IFA, including images showing-off a new Sony tablet, presumed to be the successor to its Tablet S. They showed a much thinner tablet, as well as a convertible keyboard cover, Surface-style. Sure enough, Sony has just made things official at its IFA press event, announcing this new tablet as the Xperia Tablet S.
Like the rumors indicated, the new entry to the Xperia lineup runs a quad-core Tegra 3. It’s lighter and thinner than the first Tablet S, runs Ice Cream Sandwich, and features a 9.4-inch 1280 x 800 IPS LCD. The leaked software features are also now confirmed, including a “Guest Mode” that allows you to restrict access to certain apps when letting other users interact with your tablet.
There are also some nice hardware features that are just a little outside what we consider the normal set found on tablets, including an infrared emitter for controlling other devices, as well as a full-sized SD card slot, rather than just a microSD.
Sony’s Xperia Tablet S will go up for sale on September 7, with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models selling for $400, $500, and $600, respectively. That Surface-esque keyboard case will run you an extra $100.