Leaked slides at Mobiflip.de indicate that Sony is readying a successor to last year's Tablet S. Purportedly called the Sony Xperia Tablet, the device should offer a smoother experience courtesy of Nvidia's Tegra 3 SoC and Android 4.x, upgraded from Tegra 2 and Android 3.x. It's unclear whether the slate will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) or Jelly Bean (4.1). The latter was released in June and has only landed on a handful of devices so far (namely Google's own products).
The Tegra 3 brings substantial improvements to CPU and GPU performance, outpacing its predecessor by as much as five-fold in some of our tests (see our review of the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 for a rough comparison of the two chips). Although Nvidia's latest SoC supports the Wi-Fi Alliance's Miracast wireless display technology, which should start appearing in products later this year or early next year, it goes without saying that the Xperia will also be DLNA-compliant.
Although it doesn't look drastically different, the Xperia's 8.8mm-thin aluminum body is 42% thinner than the Tablet S. Sony is also preparing a keyboard cover similar to the Microsoft Surface's, though not identical. Sony's solution doesn't just cover the front, but stretches around to the back and serves as a kickstand, whereas the Surface has an integrated kickstand. The slides also mention other docks, stands and covers with different features than the one pictured above.
The Xperia will have an 6000mAh battery that offers up to 10 hours Wi-Fi browsing. Other features include Bluetooth, an SD card slot, stereo speakers, an 8-megapixel camera on the rear and a 1-megapixel camera on the front. 3G connectivity is mentioned, but we're not sure if there will be separate SKUs. The slate is expected to ship later this year in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants priced at $449.99, $549.99 and $649.99 -- $50 less than the third-generation iPad.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
Amazon sent a wave crashing through the mobile industry when it announced its Kindle Fire would land with a price of $199. This is likely the best value in a tablet on the market, and will make tablet computing accessible to many people that either couldn't afford an iPad or couldn't tolerate Honeycomb tablets.
The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 has a 10.1-inch LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) ISP screen with scratch-resistant glass, a 178° viewing angle, and 10-finger multitouch support. Wireless connectivity includes firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz and Bluetooth 3.0+EDR. The TF300 uses a 22Wh Li-polymer battery that is said to provide 10 hours of operating time. It also carries various sensors including a G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, and GPS.
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