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Upcoming Sony XPERIA Android tablet means business

Sony’s impact on the tablet market is nothing near what it was for the Walkman’s, but some recent leaks suggest that the Japanese consumer electronics firm means serious business this time around.

Sony’s impact on the tablet market is nothing near what it was for the Walkman’s, but some recent leaks suggest that the Japanese consumer electronics firm means serious business this time around.

The new Sony XPERIA is set to release sometime in September, and from the leaked pictures, it doesn’t look like an iPad (at least I don’t think so).  The XPERIA tablet will feature an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1 MP front/8MP rear cameras, a 6000 mAh battery, and Android ICS or Jelly Bean to boot. 

Design-wise, Sony seems to have a clear understanding as to why the next XPERIA shouldn’t have an iPad-like design.  The predominate wedge design still remains, but the upper portion of the tablet seems to wrap around itself creating what looks like a clip mechanism. 

The tablet body is composed of magnesium-aluminum alloy and weighs around 570 grams, and the rumored retail prices seem standard.  According to a forum post on XDA, the 16GB will retail for USD $399.99, 32GB for $499.99, and 64GB for $599.99. 

Sony is expected to reveal more details in a few weeks about the upcoming XPERIA tablet at the IFA 2012.

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