Folks, we usually get teardown features from the likes of IHS iSuppli and iFixIt, and are primarily meant to confirm the components and even the prices of devices. In time for the UK and U.S. releases of the Sony Xperia Tablet S, we get a product teardown of the ICS tablet. But what’s interesting is that Sony itself did the teardown of its own tablet computer for fans and analysts alike.
Sony’s Tablet S teardown showcases the device’s components, ports and peripherals, which include (from outside in) the multi-port connector and LCD ribbons, memory, battery, motherboard, communications radios, camera and screen. Sony’s engineer, Takuya Inaba, also compared the new Xperia Tablet S with the older-generation, which reveals the upgraded hardware specs and a few changes in construction and design.
A few notable observations:
- Plastic panels are held together with adhesive and hooks, and require some delicate handling
- Battery is Sony-made and is considerably larger than the first-generation Tablet S. It is made to be thin, though.
- The LCD takes considerable time to detach due to the splash-proof nature of the screen
- The Tablet S’ construction is made with a magnesium frame for lightness and rigidity
Of course, being an in-house teardown, Sony did not share prices of components, which are usually used by iSuppli and iFixIt to estimate how much a device actually costs to build. Here’s a rundown of the specs:
- NVIDIA(R) Tegra(R) 3 mobile processor/1.4 GHz quad-core processor: Maximum 1.4 GHz (1 core operation), Maximum 1.3 GHz (MultiCore operation)
- Android™ 4.0
- 1280 x 800 pixels, TFT Color LCD
- 1 GB RAM
- 16/32/64 GB internal storage and expandable up to 32 GB via SD card (sold separately)
- 8 MP rear camera and 1 MP front camera
Another interesting part of the teardown is how the Sony engineer was able to re-assemble the Xperia Tablet S. Check out the video below.