Sony scraps sales of Xperia tablet

Defects have been found in the Xperia Tablet S, forcing Sony to stop sales just a month after launch.

Sony's Xperia tablet has hit some issues.
(Credit: CBS Interactive)

According to Reuters, sales were halted after gaps were discovered between the screen and case, making some of the tablets susceptible to water damage.

A Sony spokeswoman told Reuters that the hardware issues have been traced back to a "manufacturing flaw" at the Chinese plant where the tablet is made.

Sony has not decided when sales of the tablet will resume, the news service said.

The technology giant's latest tablet offering — which shares its Xperia branding with Sony's smartphone line — was launched on 7 September. The Android tablet was first sold in the US, closely followed by launches in Japan, Europe and Australia.

Sony has shipped about 100,000 Xperia tablets so far, with the slates selling for approximately AU$540. CNET's look at the Xperia Tablet S found issues with its Wi-Fi capabilities and the screen tending to flicker intermittently. However, the device has a sharp screen, the potential for storage expansion and can act as a universal remote.

Customers who have already purchased one of the units are eligible for free maintenance and check-ups, and Sony will fix any problems with the devices.

We have contacted Sony for more information and will update this story when we hear back.


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PeterG8 posted a comment   

When will Sony write to all owners and request that they take their tablets in for inspection and possible repair. What happens if they find a problem with the tablet? Will they give the user a replacement tablet while their tablet is being repaired.
If car amkers fidn a problem with a car, they not only write to owners, they also advertise the problem through the media. So just what is Sony planning?


Will1505 posted a comment   

I'm happy at least one company cares enough to do it. Unlike others who would sell you the product and then blame you for its defect


Dunners posted a reply   

A certain camera flaw comes to mind :p


trancedictive posted a comment   

I have a wifi problem with my old tablet s. When you set the wifi to never switch off, it will still switch off after a minute or so going to sleep.


trebor83 posted a comment   

What happened to you Sony? You used to be somebody.

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