Sony Xperia Tablet S goes back on sale in low-key relaunch

The Sony Xperia Tablet S has gone back on sale, a few weeks after being temporarily pulled from shelves due to a technical problem that meant the splash-proof tablet was actually still vulnerable to moisture damage.

The issue, caused by a manufacturing flaw that left tiny gaps between the device’s 9.4-inch screen and the casing, has reportedly been fixed. At the time of its withdrawal, Sony promised to replace or repair any affected tablets and to reissue the device by the end of November. About 100,000 units were said to have been released worldwide before the fault became apparent.

It seems like Sony has just made its self-imposed deadline, and in time to catch the busy pre-Christmas sales period. While it was away, however, this fast moving sector has seen the arrival of a refreshed Apple iPad 4, the new iPad mini, the Microsoft Surface, the Google Nexus 10, a revamped Google Nexus 7 and the UK launch of the Barnes & Noble Nook HD and Amazon Kindle Fire HD, to mention a few.

Despite the revamped Sony Xperia Tablet S keeping the tapered casing of its 2011 forerunner, which resembles a folded-over magazine, the newly relaunched model has been slimmed down. The new tablet has a 1.4GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor running Android 4.0 (but likely to receive an OS upgrade soon). There’s 1GB of RAM and 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage.

It’s available as Wi-Fi only (from £329) or with a 3G SIM-card slot (from £429). Of the 3G models, only the 16GB version is listed for sale on the Sony web-store in the UK at the moment. The 32GB Wi-Fi edition was listed but out of stock at the time of writing.

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