Sony's Tablet S hit a few bumps ever since it first got launched, back at IFA 2012, but it hasn't actually reached every potential market yet, which is why its arrival in Singapore is so relevant.
Whether because of the water vulnerability problem or some other reason, Sony Tablet S Android 4.0 is only now up for sale in Singapore
, for 749 Singapore dollars.
That's about $614 and 463 Euro, according to exchange rates, which might seem like a lot considering the tags of $325-400 / 325-400 Euro in the US and Europe.
It doesn't really help that said sum is for the 16 GB model, not the 32 GB or 64 GB tablet.
At any rate, the tablet is the same product that got its latest update last month
That means a liquid crystal display (LCD) of 9.4 inches in diagonal with a resolution of 1280x 800 pixels.
It also means that the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core 4-PLUS-1 SoC (system-on-chip) platform runs the whole show.
Come 2013, NVIDIA will finally release the Wayne Tegra 4
, which is six times faster than this processor.
Until then, customers should be more than satisfied with the 720p video support, the 8 MP video camera at the back, the 1 MP front webcam and the 6000 mAh battery.
It might be awkward to shoot photos or videos with a tablet, especially in crowded places, but the 8-megapixel camera is still a useful component. Also, it gives the Sony Xperia Tablet S a solid advantage over other tablets.
Things like the iPad, or most new Windows 8/RT slates, have HD or Full HD screens, but cameras of 5 megapixels. Sony's product balances things out here, and the water resistance adds another point too.
More information on Sony Xperia Tablet S and its predecessor can be found here