Images of Sony Xperia tablet leaked online

This new model is reportedly 42 per cent thinner than the Sony Tablet S it is replacing, and lighter as well.

Photos of one of Sony's next-generation Xperia tablets have been leaked online, showing a device that boasts a number of features and accessories including a keyboard cover/stand just like the one for Microsoft's Surface tablet.

A slideshow of the Android tablet was posted by XDA-Developers forum member qsp, who claims to work for Sony. The slideshow was posted on German site Mobiflip.

This new model is reportedly 42 percent thinner than the Sony Tablet S it is replacing, and lighter as well. According to the slides, the upcoming tablet will weigh 1.26 pounds (570 grams) vs. the Sony S's 1.33 pounds (595 grams). Instead of a bulky wedge-shaped design, the tablet will have a more understated folded-over bump in the back of its aluminum-magnesium alloy body.

The new Xperia tablet is also purported to pack a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.0, and a 6,000 mAh battery rated for 10 hours.

The resolution on the 9.4-inch screen is 1280 by 800 pixels, which is similar to competing 10.1-inch tablets. Sony's TruBlack display technology is also expected to help minimize glare and boost color vibrancy. The screen also has anti-fingerprint coating and will supposedly be splash-proof.

The entertainment-oriented tablet also offers a bunch of connectivity options and accessories. HDMI output, Bluetooth 3.0, SD card, and even 3G connectivity are part of the package.

A number of stands and docks, including one with built-in speakers, are showcased in the leaked slides, but it's the slim Microsoft Surface-like one that will turn heads.

One really cool feature for families is the Guest Mode, where each tablet user can have a separate home screen, apps, and wallpaper.

According to the Sony employee who posted the details, the Xperia tablet will launch in September in three models: $399.99 for the 16GB model, $499.99 for 32GB, and $599.99 for 64GB. However, the slides show suggested retail prices of $50 more for each model (so $449.99/16GB, $549.99/32GB, and $649.99/64GB). Still, these prices are really competitive (especially if 3G is included) and $50 to $100 less than the iPad for each storage option.

Follow Melanie Pinola (@melaniepinola) and Today@PCWorld on Twitter

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Melanie Pinola

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?