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Sony Xperia Tablet S – What you need to know

The new Xperia Tablet S was showcased by Sony at the IFA 2012 and Carphone Warehouse is said to have confirmed that the device will launch with a hefty price tags of £329 (Wi-Fi only) and £420 (for 3G + Wi-Fi).

Some figures have suggested that the model could debut as early as this month. Here is a roundup of the specs and features that are set to be included on the model.

Sony Xperia Tablet S: What is on offer?

The Sony Xperia Tablet S is expected to feature a 9.4 inch touch-screen, running at a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

The tablet will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with no news as yet as to whether it will receive an upgrade to the latest OS; Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Available in 16, 32 or 64GB models, the tablet is sure to appeal to storage-hungry users. The addition of a microSD card will also allow on-board storage to be bumped up significantly.

The device also includes the requisite 2 cameras, an 8 mega-pixel camera and a front-facing 1 mega-pixel camera, and is powered by quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.

Additional features also include a 6000mAh battery, which is expected to offer 10 hours of web browsing or 12 hours of video playback from a full charge.

Sony Xperia Tablet S: Why its big screen size may lead to success

According to Kantar, ComTech’s global consumer insight director Dominic Sunnebo, argues that larger-screens, as opposed to the growing trend towards smaller 7-inch screens, are the key to success for tablet and smartphone makers.

“Consumers who own a smartphone with a larger screen tend to be much more engaged with their device across a whole array of functions. For example, only 19 per cent of consumers with a screen smaller than three inches download/watch videos, compared to 65 per cent when the screen is five inches or more.”

“However, bigger screens don’t just lead to an improved consumer experience; they also play a key part in customer retention. ComTech data shows that the more engaged consumers are with their device, the more likely they are to stay loyal to an OS/brand when they upgrade.”

Only time will tell if tablet fans share the view that a generous screen size will be the Sony Xperia Tablet S’s USP.

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