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Cracking Open the Sony Tablet S

TechRepublic's Bill Detwiler cracks open the Sony Tablet S. Inside this Android tablet, he found hardware from Nvidia, Elpida, Samsung, and UEI.
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The Sony Tablet S is the company's first shot in the growing tablet war. The 10.1" Android tablet has a dual-core processor, two cameras, and a unique wedge design. Follow along as I crack open the Sony Tablet S for a look at the hardware inside.

For an indepth cracking open analysis, check out my article: "Sony Tablet S teardown: Wild wedge-shaped case hides unique hardware".

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According to Sony documentation, the Tablet S is available in 16GB ($499) and 32GB ($599) versions.

The current versions only support Wi-Fi connectivity, and like many of the tablet's I've cracked open, there's a spot inside the case for a cellular card. As of this writing however, Sony hasn't announced plans to launch a 3G or 4G version (at least not in the US).

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Along with the Tablet S, the box includes the power adapter, product documentation, and wrist strap. Oddly enough, Sony does not include a USB cable.

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Unfortunately, the Sony Tablet S power adapter has a proprietary connector.

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The Sony Tablet S has a dual-core NVidia Tegra 2 1GHz processor, 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM, a 9.4-inch touchscreen display (1280x800), a 0.3 MP front camera and 5 MP rear camera. The K1 comes with Android 3.1 Honeycomb installed.

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The Sony Tablet S weighs 1.3 lbs. and measures 9.5" (W) x 6.8" (H) x 0.3" (D).

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The Sony Tablet S motherboard has the markings:

Sony
MB-030
EP GW
1-884-784-12

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Overall, the Sony Tablet S was one of the easier Android tablets to crack open. It uses standard Phillips screws and the back cover slides right off.

For an indepth cracking open analysis, check out my article: "Sony Tablet S teardown: Wild wedge-shaped case hides unique hardware".

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