Sony Halts Xperia Tablet S Sales Due To Defect

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(Last Updated On: August 14, 2013)

Yikes! Sony is halting sales over their newest tablet, the Xperia Tablet S, after an issue with the water resistant device surfaced.

It turned out that the device had a manufacturing defect: a gap on the rear display panel where water can easily flow in and cause damage to its interior components.

A Sony spokeswoman once said in an email that Sony is committed to providing high quality products and strives to provide a high level of customer satisfaction. Unfortunately, their newest tablet that was released in September fails to meet their “splash proof” feature and, as as result, Sony has ordered all retail outlets to stop selling the Xperia Table S immediately. Sony will be replacing their devices in stock with products that meets their stringent standards.

In a press release, Sony stated that they will provide assistance in terms of repairs for free for all of those existing Xperia Tablet S owners. ¬†However, any other repairs required for issues not related to water damage are going to require professional assistance, like iFixYouri’s tablet repair services. ¬†Whatever happened to your tablet in terms of damage, the experts at iFixYouri have seen it and fixed it.

Is the Tablet Gone for Good?

Sony is expected to resume selling the tablet in mid November.

The Tablet S was revealed at the IFA trade show held in August and made its way to US stores on September 7, which was then followed by its global release in various countries in Asia and in Europe.

The Xperia Tablet S comes in a variety of storage capacities:

  • the 16GB model with a $399 price tag
  • the 32GB model for $499
  • the 64GB model with a $599 asking price.

The tablet runs the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and sports the following specs: a 1.4GHZ quad core processor, the NVIDIA Tegra 3, a 9.4 inch 1,280 by 800 touch screen, 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1 megapixel front facing camera.

According to Reuters, Sony has shipped around 100,000 of the device and yet has purportedly stated that it will not create a significant impact on the company’s earnings.

The defect does not pose any safety concerns, however customers are warned to stay away from splash zones whenever using the device.