Sony readying quad-core Xperia tablet ahead of IFA

Sony doubles down on hardware but manages to lighten things up with the presumed Tablet S successor.

Sony's Xperia Tablet features Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor. Xperia Blog

Sony has been quietly readying a new Android-powered tablet that should supplant the company's Tablet S. According to a host of leaked images, the new tablet will feature Nvidia's Tegra 3 quad-core processor and come with three storage options.

Bearing the distinctive folded magazine wedge design, the Xperia tablet is an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device with a 9.4-inch display. Other specifications include an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 6,000mAh battery. Pricing, although unconfirmed, should start at $449 for the 16GB model and go as high as $649 for the 64GB version.

Not only will this new tablet be more powerful than its predecessor, but also it's 42 percent thinner and lighter. We also can see from one of the leaked pictures that the Xperia tablet offers a splashproof aluminum body.

With the keyboard case, the Xperia Tablet looks reminiscent of the Microsoft Surface. Xperia Blog

It's not just nice touches on the outside, either; Sony has designed the device to accept multiple user profiles. Ideally, this would be good for those times when you hand the tablet over to your children or a friend. Indeed, Sony has made sure to integrate its line of services, which includes PlayStation, Music Unlimited, and Video Unlimited.

Additional details found among the slides include a variety of accessories such as a keyboard cover, a docking stand, a dock speaker, a tablet stand and a carrying case. You'll want to have plenty of extra money set aside as prices can fetch as much as $119 for the dock speaker.

A source close to Xperia Blog advises that Sony has penciled the tablet in for September, which means we could see something at IFA later this month.