Sony’s new Xperia Tablet S, announced last week at IFA 2012 in Berlin, is now available to buy in the UK. The second-generation Sony tablet, which is the first to bear the company’s Xperia branding, includes an NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a substantial helping of Sony multimedia goodies. It also evolves the unconventional “folded magazine” chassis design introduced in last year’s Sony Tablet S.
The 16GB and 32GB Wifi-only Xperia Tablet S models are now available to buy from Sony UK’s online store, priced £329 and £379 respectively. The 16GB Wifi and 3G version remains up for pre-order with a £429 price tag. At £329, Sony’s 2012 tablet is a little more tempting than its predecessor was last year, and importantly, it’s undercutting Apple’s third-gen iPad by around £70.
Given the Xperia tablet’s lower-resolution screen and the fact that Android still hasn’t caught up with iOS’s tablet app ecosystem, the device may be a tough sell even at this price. Nevertheless, as an electronics giant with global reach, Sony is in as good a position as any OEM to make this kind of device work.
For more on the Sony Xperia Tablet S, check out our hands-on coverage from IFA 2012.