Sony Announces Xperia Tablet S With Surface-like Keyboard

Sony’s newest entry in the Android tablet market looks a lot like its previous effort, but the new Xperia Tablet S is more than just a beefed-up version of the Tablet S.

According to The Verge Sony’s new Xperia Tablet S keeps the same basic design that resembles a folded magazine, but is slimmer than the Tablet S. The new tablet uses a Tegra 3 processor and runs Android 4.0 with a custom skin laid over it.

Sony made the Xperia Tablet S for use in the living room with a built-in IR sensor and a universal remote app. The app looks like it has the same functionality as the Peel app Samsung pre-installs in its Galaxy tablets. This app is specially built by Sony, however, which means it looks a lot like a Sony remote.

Sony Xeria Tablet S

The remote app has a content guide that looks inspired by Windows 8 and the Surface tablet. Sony has another feature that reminds us more of the Surface, the $99.99 Cover with Keyboard. The keyboard in the cover looks a lot like the Surface Keyboard Cover, except it lacks the mouse area below the keys like Surface’s keyboard.

Sony also included a Guest Mode option in the Xperia Tablet S. With Guest Mode users can choose what apps their guests have access to . It sounds perfect for users who occasionally hand their tablets to their children and don’t want to worry about them possibly buying new apps without permission. Now users can simply disable the Play Store in Guest Mode, so the kids have no access to it unless they find a way into the “normal” mode of the tablet.

The Xperia Tablet S starts at $399 for the 16GB model, and goes up to $599 for the 64GB model. That’s just $100 less than the iPad for each comparable storage option.

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Sony Xperia Tablet S Specs

Model Xperia Tablet S
LCD 23.8cm (9.4”) (1280 x 800) IPS OptiContrast™*
Operating System Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Processor NVIDIA® Tegra®3 quad-core
Storage 16 / 32 / 64GB
Wireless connectivity Bluetooth® 3.0,

Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), 3G (3G models)

Interfaces Multi Port, SD Card, Microphone, Headphone Out, Stereo Speaker
Sensor Ambient light sensor, Gyro, Compass, Accelerometer, GPS
Camera 1.0 effective megapixels HD web camera (front)

8.0 effective megapixels HD camera (rear)

Dimensions 241.2mm (W) x 8.8mm (H1) / 11.85mm (H2) x 174.4mm (D)
Weight 570g (Wi-Fi models) / 585g (3G models)
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh, provides up to 10 hours Internet browsing / 12 hours video playback **

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