Sony Corp said it has halted sales of its Xperia tablet PCs, a month after its launch, after discovering gaps between the screen and the case that make some of the machines susceptible to water damage.
The gap is significant enough to allow water to get inside the tablet that was marketed as being water resistant. Sony says the manufacturing defect originated at the Chinese plant where the tablet is assembled. Until the manufacturing defect can be corrected, Sony has pulled the tablet off the market.
The electronics retailer isn’t offering any estimates on when the tablet will return to the market. Sony notes that it has shipped around 100,000 of the devices so far and promises to fix any tablets sold. Sony also notes that the cost of the recall and repairs won’t have a significant impact on earnings.
The tablet surfaced in leaked slides in early August and runs the Android operating system. The tablet is offered in three different storage capacities with pricing ranging from $400 up to $600.
Sony has offered no details for owners of the tablet on what to do to get their device repaired at this time.