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Sony halts Xperia tablet sales

Vendor forced to recall tablets after defect leaves devices susceptible to water damage.

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Hardware vendor Sony has been forced to halt sales of its recently launched Xperia tablet following the discovery of a gap between the screen and the case.

According to a report on Reuters, the Xperia defect means the tablet is more susceptible to water damage, despite Sony intending the device to be waterproof.

According to Sony spokesperson, Noriko Shoji, the firm is unsure of when sales of the tablet will resume.

The company has recalled the device and promised to fix the affected tablets.

The product went on sale last month and the company is understood to have shipped around 100,000 units.

Sony is already struggling to catch up to competitors such as Apple and Samsung, having entered the market late and a recall is likely to curtail its efforts further.

With the iPad Mini and Kindle Fire HD expected to arrive in the UK before Christmas, it appears that a recall could not have come at a worst time for Sony.

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