Tearing Open the New Xperia™ Tablet S Just In Time for Shipping

by Gina 09/07/2012, in Contact the Blog

Today the new Xperia™ Tablet starts hitting doorsteps and store shelves. And how do we mark this momentous occasion? Well… Sony engineer Takuya Inaba ripped apart the gear and explained what’s inside. Okay, more like gently opened. Either way, if you love geeking out on parts, then this is the article for you.

First before we see the inside guts, here’s a quick look at the specs….

  • NVIDIA(R) Tegra(R) 3 mobile processor/1.4 GHz quad-core processor: Maximum 1.4 GHz (1 core operation), Maximum 1.3 GHz (MultiCore operation)
  • Android™ 4.0
  • 1280 x 800 pixels, TFT Color LCD
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16/32/64 GB internal storage and expandable up to 32 GB via SD card (sold separately)
  • 8 MP rear camera and 1 MP front camera

The bottom edge of the tablet features the Multi Port connector which connects to the AC adapter (supplied) or to a PC but also supports HDMI® and USB 2.0 host connection with optional adapter cables. The bottom edge features two speakers. Compared with the previous tablet (Sony Tablet™ S), the speakers have been repositioned from the side to the bottom of the tablet in order prevent the hands from covering them up.











The top and side edges include items like volume, power, audio jack, full size SD card slot, and IR transmitter.











The front panel materials are a combination of plastic and glass with the backside mostly aluminum for a premium look and feel.

Now compared to the previous Sony Tablet™ S (on the right), you can see that the new Xperia Tablet (left) is much thinner. Dimensions are (Approx.) : 9.44” (Width) x 0.35”~0.47” (Height) x 6.87” (Depth) Weights (Approx.): 1.26 lbs

The screen size is 9.4 inches with 1280×800 resolution











So now let’s open this puppy up.

The first step is the removal of the top plastic piece which is held together using (7) hooks.











The more challenging task is removing the back panel which requires removing (10) screws and breaking the adhesive tape seals. The adhesive goes around the tablet so it requires some force to open it but carefully as to not break the hooks. Interestingly, the unique “wrap around” design is an optical illusion created with the two halves.











And we’re in.











In a close up shot you can see two main connectors (ribbons) here which are the Multi Port connector and LCD connector.There’s a couple of interesting items to point out. First we have the size of the battery. It takes up a good amount of space but you’ll see later on how thin it is.











Second to point out is the vast difference in mechanical layout between first (on the left) and second generation (right) tablets.










There is 16 GB of on board storage (32 GB and 64 GB models also available) though the SD card slot can expand storage up to 32 GB.











Unhinging the battery was fairly easy. Taking off the heat sensor and disconnecting the wires and it easily detached.












It’s a Sony made battery: H 3.25mm, 60.0cc (Size), 130 g (weight), which is about 23% of the total tablet weight with capacity being: 22.2 Wh  3.7 V x 6000 mAh.











In looking at battery on previous generation tablet and the new tablet, you will note a significant change shape and size. While surface space is larger with the new battery (right), it’s thinness lends itself to the new thinner design.











Taking off the motherboard, not only are there (4) EMI shields but to the right you see a carbon fiber material (right) that also serves as a cooling system which dissipates the heat. There is also a ribbon that serves as a temperature sensor which monitors the battery temperature when in use or charging.











What’s also noticeable here are the small wires which run along the side of the tablet which are the speaker wires. Because we moved the speakers to the bot
tom of the tablet, the (+/-) wires run along the side of the tablet directly to the lower motherboard.










Looking at the motherboard it contains the Wi-Fi®/Bluetooth® module, antenna, CPU, LPDDR2(1GB), and eMMC(16GB/32GB/64GB), the audio codec and DSP.











Detaching the cameras for a close up, we have a 1 megapixel front camera and 8 megapixel rear camera.











Removing the speakers we’ve got two free-edge, 2pcs/ch speakers (back cavity being 1.6cc x2). Free edge meaning you can see padding with isolated space around it. The padding is flexible so it moves easily to the sound vibration aiding the overall sound quality.











Now to the LCD. There is a lot of adhesive sealant so it did take about 20 minutes to delicately remove the LCD .











The glass is very sturdy and actually a healthy % of the total weight. It will be interesting to see as glass technology improves to be lighter and shedding even more weight from the tablet.












This is a 9.4inch LCD with 1280×800 resolution.It also has an Anti-Smudge coating to reduce fingerprints.












Below the LCD is a second motherboard controls for the LCD.











The general housing is magnesium – super light and strong!













And there you have it: One tablet+ one bad ass engineer+ a few of us drooling over the parts with our camera = Xperia™ Tablet teardown. Now of course everyone always asks. Well can he put it back together? Check out the video and see for yourself.

And by the way, don’t try this at home kids; it will void your limited warranty.


This article is intended only to show the details and intricacies of the tablet. Please do not attempt to disassemble your tablet.

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