While most PC makers are focused on Windows 8 tablets right now, Sony’s giving Android some love with the Xperia Tablet S. The foldover design from the original Tablet S returns, but it’s thinner now and enclosed in metal. The 9.4-inch, 1280-by-800 display and built-in IR emitter also make a comeback, but there’s a meatier Tegra 3 processor inside. Despite the new features, the Xperia Tablet S remains $400 for a 16 GB version, same as the existing Tablet S, so hang on until the September 7 launch date if the funky design catches your eye.
Coming Soon: 15 Interesting Phones, Tablets and Hybrids
The summer tech drought is over and gadget makers have come out swinging with Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrids, Android tablets and high-powered smartphones. Here's the most interesting new gear announced at the IFA 2012 show in Berlin.
Sony Xperia Tablet S (Android)
- Asus Vivo Tabs (Windows 8 and RT)
- Dell XPS 10 (Windows RT)
- Dell XPS 12 Duo (Windows 8)
- HP Envy X2 (Windows 8)
- Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 (Windows 8)
- Samsung Tablets (Windows 8 and RT)
- Sony Xperia Tablet S (Android)
- Sony Vaio Duo 11 (Windows 8)
- Toshiba U925t (Windows 8)
- LG Optimus G (Android)
- Samsung Ativ S (Windows Phone 8)
- Samsung Galaxy Note II (Android)