Sony Xperia Tablet S

Released September, 2012
  • 9.4"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.0
There are familiar specifications such as the dual core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, micro USB and choice of WiFi/WiFi 3G and 16GB/32GB sizes, but everything else raises an eyebrow.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
8.4 Out of 10

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Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Xperia Tablet S

It's great for your kids, if you don't want them to be able to open Google Play or browse the web – it's also nice if you just want to let someone use your tablet without worrying about what notifications will pop up or whether they'll read your email.

It's a much better display than the Xperia Z phone's display for black levels and viewing angles and it beats the higher resolution Nexus 10 for contrast and vibrancy.

For camera enthusiasts Sony has called on its camera prowess too and the 5MP shooter on the Tablet S is the best we've experience on a tablet to date.

Opting for 0.3MP sensor with VGA video quality on the front facing camera yielded the results one would expect.

In that same spirit of borrowing from its best technology to make a compelling tablet, Sony has borrowed the Exmor image technology from its digital cameras to make a tablet camera that's actually worth a damn.

In addition to the high brightness and vivid colors, the display panel sports very good viewing angles, too, though the vertical ones seem a tad wider than the horizontal.


7.8 Out of 10

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The trouble is once you've experienced a sharpness like Apple's Retina displays, nothing else can really live up to your expectations.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
Given the large display, PDFs are easy to read in single page view, though you can view them in facing page mode as well.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2011)
On a screen of this size, it becomes second nature.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)


They did a great job, as we can see with the included Crash Bandicoot, but we'd love to see more games (Sony is working on this).
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2011)
They've hit a home run here; the tablet is pleasant to hold when reading and comfortable for gaming with accelerometer-based games.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2011)
Sony's offering is slightly different in that it doesn't offer a music store but a music service.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)

Operating system

It's definitely one of the best Android tablets for gaming, and right now there's a lot more available than for any Windows tablet.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
Running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Sony Xperia Tablet S isn't as up to date as it could be, but at least it's getting an update to the latest major version of Android.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
The company is capable of making some very nice and handsomely designed hardware, and I would say that they’ve accomplished that with the Tablet S. But as in past efforts, Sony seems to struggle on the software side, and that makes this device harder to recommend even against other Honeycomb tablets.
by The Verge (Aug, 2011)

Operating System

The build quality is among the best you'll find in Android land, though still beaten by most Apple products.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
The changes Sony has made to the Android interface give it a bit of a learning curve for anyone who already knows Android, since certain icons aren't where you'd expect.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
As with the previous Android tablet from Sony, we also get an infrared beamer, which is paired with a dedicated app, and lets you control your TV, home stereo and the like, using the tablet as a remote.
by PhoneArena (May, 2013)


This is definitely a better than average tablet camera, though it doesn't impress us nearly as much as the Z smartphone's 13MP shooter.
by MobileTechReview (Jun, 2013)
Sony and Sony Ericsson know how to make excellent mobile phone cameras, and that hertiage shines through in the Sony Xperia Tablet S. Images are sharp, colorful and well exposed.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2012)
The Sony Xperia Tablet S has a Full HD 1080p video camera that can shoot at 30fps, but despite that we weren't very impressed with it.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 9.4"
Technology TFT LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800
PPI 160 ppi


  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11a
  3. 802.11g
  4. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0
Supports 3G Yes


Cores Quad core
Clock speed 1.4 GHz

form factor

Weight 585 g
Size 239.8 x 174.4 x 11.8 mm
Thickness 11.8 mm
Battery life 10 hour


Internal storage 64 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 1 MP
Rear camera 8 MP


Has a GPS Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes
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