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Sony Xperia Tablet S review

6.9/10 AVG.

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The Sony Xperia Tablet S currently has an Informr score of 6.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 14 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Sony Xperia Tablet S is one of the latest devices launched to market with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It comes in a splash proof casing and weighs 572 grams total, but it isn’t quite like many other Android-powered tablets available on the market today. From the hardware design to the numerous software enhancements, Sony made sure to inject certain elements in the Xperia Tablet S that would distinguish it from the competition.

One of the first things you will notice upon seeing or picking up the Tablet S is the fact that it has a somewhat large bezel surrounding the touchscreen display. This display measures 9.4-inches diagonally and features a native resolution of 1280x800. This means it’s going to be possible to watch 720p HD video content. And with the help of the 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor plus 1GB RAM combo inside, this Sony tablet should have no trouble with that at all.

You would think that with all the models of Android tablets that have become available over the past few years, manufacturers would have run out of design ideas for their devices already. But Sony manages to come up with an interesting new design that has an area that sticks out at the back, an area where the Xperia branding resides. Other than that, it looks plain and simple. And more importantly, it doesn’t get in the way of users during usage, and even supports a number of different docks and covers for different scenarios.

Since it offers up to 64GB of internal storage—which can be expanded further with the use of microSD cards—and up to 12 hours of battery life pre charge in terms of video playback, this tablet should serve as a reliable companion for media consumption. However, the fact that it doesn’t run the latest version of the Android software by default may seem like a dealbreaker for some, especially those don’t want to wait for an official Sony update months after they purchase their devices.

Need to Know: Sony Xperia Tablet S

1. The NVIDIA Tegra 3 and 1GB RAM combination makes it easy to take care of full HD content, whether through movies or video games. (The Good)

2. Offers 12-hours of battery life in terms of video playback. (The Good)

3. Doesn’t run the latest version of the Android software. (The Bad)

4. Not as slim and light as other tablet models. (The Bad)

Operating system
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
8+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

What Hi-Fi

It all adds up to an accomplished do-it-all tablet, and one of our favourite Android devices around. The problem is that the iPad with Retina Display is just £70 more expensive – and worth every penny.

- Andy Clough, What Hi-Fi
Expert Reviews

It's a shame that Sony had to pull the Xperia Tablet S for so long in order to fix its splash-proof seal, as in the meantime its been surpassed in many ways by the Google Nexus 10, which has a significantly better screen for the same money. The Xperia Tablet S’s splash-proof design and family-...

- Tom Morgan, Expert Reviews
Tablet News

For the design we give it a 7.5 out of 10, for the hardware an 8 out of 10 and for the OS and UI an 8 as well. Sony Xperia Tablet S gets a total grade of 7.83 out of 10 and it’s a bit of a disappointment for us, since we were expecting a bit more, to be honest. I’m not sure we’ll s...

- James A., Tablet News

The Xperia Tablet S does offer some features to differentiate it from the competition, though, apart from the distinctive looks, like the useful universal remote control function. Other than that, you can find plenty of good Android tablets with this screen resolution and processing power for even l...

- Daniel P., PhoneArena

The Sony Xperia Tablet S is fairly unique in design and features, but established competitors and relative newcomers like Barnes&Noble are providing excellent products of their own at very competitive price points. So, while the Xperia Tablet S might be a good companion to your other Sony gadget...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena

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Screen Size

The Sony Xperia Tablet S's screen size is 9.4 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.3 GHz

There is a Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. An external, SD, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 6000 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 16.7 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Xperia Tablet S Specs

Release date September 7, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.3 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32/64 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 5 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 12 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 16.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.4 x 24.0 x 1.2 cm (6.9 x 9.5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 572 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 9.4 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info SD, MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
Main Camera
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Panorama, White balance, Exposure compensation
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony SGPT121, Sony SGPT122, Sony SGPT123

- Splash Proof
- Universal IR Remote Control Capability with Macro Functionality
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