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Sony Tablet S successor to cost at least $450, report says

The device will come with the same 9.4-inch display but include the Tegra 3 processor and offer a 64GB option this time around.

Sony's first-generation Tablet S.
Sony's first-generation Tablet S.
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Sony's Tablet S could be nearing a refresh, according to a new report.

German tech site Mobiflip today published slides (Translate) purporting to show information on a second-generation Sony Tablet S. Judging from the images in the slides, the device looks about the same as its predecessor. However, it comes with a host of internal improvements.

According to the slides on the Mobiflip site, the next Tablet S will come with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later, rather than the Honeycomb running on the first-generation device. In addition, Sony will bundle a quad-core Tegra 3 processor in the device and improve its front and rear cameras with 1-megapixel and 8-megapixel options, respectively. A better battery will deliver 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing time, rather than the 5 hours available now.

In terms of storage, according to the slides, Sony will be offering the same 16GB and 32GB versions it's selling now, but will add a 64GB flavor.

Sony launched the first Tablet S last year. In CNET's review, the device earned 3.5 stars out of a possible 5, winning high marks for its ergonomic design and integrated IR universal remote control. The device's screen brightness proved to be a problem, as well as its proprietary charging adapter, CNET's Donald Bell noted in his review.

Sony sells its Tablet S for $400 and $500 for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively. According to the slides on Mobiflip, the company plans to start its second-generation model at $449.99 for the 16GB version. The 32GB and 64GB versions will retail for $549.99 and $649.99, respectively.

CNET has contacted Sony for comment on the Mobiflip report. We will update this story when we have more information.

(Via The Verge)