There are two types of people in this world -- those that have an unhealthy obsession with ripping things open to see what they look like inside who are serial killers; and those who have an unhealthy obsession with ripping things open to see what they look like inside that aren't serial killers.
The vast majority of us at Crave Towers fall into the latter category, so we got ever so slightly excited when we learned TechRepublic's Bill Detwiler had cracked open the new Sony Tablet S, giving us the chance to have a proper gander at one of the most serious new rivals to the Apple iPad 2's throne.
The teardown reveals it's not just the 9.4-inch Tablet S' wedge-shaped exterior that's unusual. The device, which is sealed with standard Philips screws, also sports a 'unique' plastic frame that provides additional structural rigidity and
gets in the way of protects the tablet's components.
Beneath this frame, the Tablet S packs a user-replaceable 5,000mAh battery pack, an integrated Tegra 2 processor, 5-megapixel rear-facing and 0.3-megapixel front-facing webcams, left and right speakers, a 1,280x800-pixel LG screen, 16GB of Samsung flash memory, and a Ublox GPS chip.
The Tablet S also packs a few unusual offerings, including a UEI U122 remote control chip that lets the device function as a standard infrared remote. There's also an Audience earSmart A1026 voice processor, which is designed to help boost voice quality in noisy environments -- handy during Skype calls or when issuing voice controls to compatible apps.
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