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Sony Xperia Tablet S teardown shows what's inside

Sony's Xperia Tablet S has been torn down, but by one of Sony's own engineers.

The Sony Xperia Tablet S has been given the teardown treatment, spilling out its innards for all to see. So, who's behind the screwdriver? Well it's actually Sony's own engineer, Takuya Inaba, on the Sony Blog.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this must be a first -- a company tearing down its own products. But anyway, as long as we get to see what's under the bonnet, who cares who's pinging away the screws?

The Xperia Tablet S is the slimmed-down sequel to last year's plain old Tablet S. The predecessor suffered from a high price, a dim screen, and an outdated version of Android. For this version, Sony has beefed up the specs by adding a 1.4GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and Ice Cream Sandwich, with Jelly Bean on the way. Now that's more like it.

The speakers have been moved from the side to the bottom of the tablet to stop your hands covering them up, too.

Once he's prised the back off the thing, Inaba reveals the 'wrap around' design is actually an optical illusion created with the two halves. The battery takes up a fair chunk of real estate inside, but is crazily slim, helping the tablet remain skinny.

What follows are close-ups of the motherboards and front and rear cameras, speakers, and the 9.4-inch LCD. A carbon fibre material also acts as a cooling system to dissipate heat, and a ribbon monitors the battery temperature to prevent overheating.

The Xperia Tablet S went on sale this week in the UK (before the US, for once), starting at £329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model. Did you get your hands on one? Or have Amazon or Google got your vote of confidence? Let me know in the comments, or on Facebook.