When you’re making a portable device that claims to be water resistant, one of the big tricks when manufacturing it is making sure that there aren’t any wide-open gaps in the frame. At least, that’s the way things should be, but some problems in Sony’s assembly line cranking-out its new Tablet S have led the company to put a halt to the tablet’s production while the issue’s resolved.
The problem is reportedly in the boundary surrounding the display, where a gap makes it quite easy for water to find its way into the otherwise water-resistant casing.
Sony’s issued a statement regarding the issue in Japan, but so far it’s not clear if the issue is confined to Tablet S models only sold there (the model numbers Sony provides have “JP” in them, certainly suggesting that may be the case), or if the problem tablets have found their way to other markets around the globe. If you’ve noticed a gap on yours and are worried it’s one of the affected units, contact Sony to see about getting the tablet inspected and, if necessary, repaired.