It's not very often you see companies tear into their own products and post a worklog for all to see. For one reason or another, firms typically refrain from disclosing certain component choices, and often times they'll even go to great lengths to make it difficult to open up a product (we're looking squarely at you, Apple). So, it's both odd and delightful that Sony gave its new Xperia Tablet S the teardown treatment in a recent blog post.
The Xperia Tablet S is a noticeably thinner and upgraded version of the original. To get into it, you have to remove the top plastic piece that's held together with seven hooks, and then remove 10 screws and break away the adhesive tape seals on the back panel. Adhesive is the bane of teardown gurus, but in this case, Sony says it's there to make the tablet splash-proof, which is one of the device's major selling points.
"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," Sony explains.
Sony's teardown continues until the Xperia Tablet S is completely exposed, giving viewers a close look at the internal components, like the Tegra 3 processor from NVIDIA, 1GB of RAM, and so forth.
It's really neat that Sony did this, though there is one caveat: "And by the way, don't try this at home kids; it will void your limited warranty," Sony warns.