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Sony halts Xperia Tablet S sales due to screen defect

Sales halted due to a gap between the screen and chassis which renders the tablet susceptible to water damage

Sony’s new Xperia Tablet S was only made available on the 7th of last month, but sales have already come to a screeching halt. The device has apparently been shipping with a manufacturer defect and Sony has temporarily stopped production until the problem can be remedied.

According to Reuters, Sony has discovered a gap between the screen and display of the Xperia Tablet S, causing the device to be extremely liable to water damage. The problem appears to be a manufacturing flaw from the company's Chinese plant, and all production has ceased as a result. Over 100,000 tablets have already been shipped to customers, but Sony has pledged free maintenance and repair while simultaneously encouraging users to avoid damp surfaces.  

The Xperia Tablet S was Sony’s follow-up to their Tablet S and Tablet P devices, which failed to make a significant impact on the market last year. The 9.4” Xperia S is powered by a Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features a 1280x800 resolution and 1GB of RAM. The device is priced at $399, $499 and $599 for the 16, 32 and 64GB models respectively; however, there is no word as to when sales will resume. 


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Omar Qudsi, 2012-10- 5 (Update: 2012-10- 5)