Sony has halted sales of its Xperia Tablet S one month after its release following widespread reports of a critical flaw.
The Japanese tech firm pulled the Xperia Tablet S from sale after being alerted of gaps between the screen and the case that made some of devices vulnerable to water damage. Sony had marketed the tablet as water resistant.
"Sony has identified that a limited number of Xperia Tablet S models released in September 2012 may not meet the stated splash-proof specification due to a minor space between the display panel and the back of the product," a Sony spokesman told V3.
"Sony is currently identifying the affected serial number ranges and preparing a voluntary free inspection programme for the impacted models.
"The affected products do not pose any risk to the safety of consumers, who can continue to enjoy all the other features and the performance of their Xperia Tablet S."
The Xperia Tablet S was released in the US on 7 September. The device is the first Sony tablet to carry the company's Xperia brand, which had previously been limited to its smartphone devices.
Sony originally unveiled the Xperia Tablet S at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin earlier in the year.
Measuring 241x8.8x174mm, the Sony Xperia Tablet S is thinner and lighter than its predecessor, the Sony Tablet S, and features an upgraded Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
For a more thorough look at the Sony Xperia Tablet S check out V3's hands-on video.
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