Sony unveils Xperia Tablet Z, the thinnest in the market

By on January 21, 2013, 9:00 AM

Sony has taken the wraps off its latest tablet flagship, the Xperia Tablet Z. The 10-inch device sports an all-new design that's just 6.9mm thick, making it the thinnest of its class -- by comparison, the previous record holder, Apple's iPad mini is 7.2mm thick. It also incorporates a high-resolution 1920 x 1200 display boasting a pixel density of 224 PPI and enhanced with Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology.

The Xperia Tablet Z ships with Android 4.1 as the operating system, powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chip running at 1.5GHz along with 2GB RAM for memory. There's also 32GB storage, 8.1-megapixel camera, NFC and LTE connectivity, a microSD expansion slot and Sony's "S-Force" surround technology. The battery is 6,000mAh, which should be good for over 8 hours of life.

Like their upcoming Sony Xperia Z flagship smartphone unveiled at CES, Sony says the Xperia Tablet Z is waterproof and dustproof, but the company didn't specify to what degree. The new tablet will be launch in Japan this spring in black or white versions. No word on pricing or availability elsewhere yet.




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davislane1 davislane1 said:

"Sony says the Xperia Tablet Z is waterproof and dustproof, but the company didn't specify to what degree."

If they need to specify a degree, it's water and dust resistent. A great feature for electronic devices, but a far cry from "proof."

Anyhow... Sounds like a decent competitor to the iPad. I'd like to see more of the same from other competitors and see the tablet market get a little more competitive.

MilwaukeeMike said:

They specify a degree of waterproof so people know what it's capable of. There are ratings, like IP5 or IP7. The Xperia Z phone they demo'd at CES was IP7 which means you can submerge it for 30 minutes at up to one meter. If something is IP5 you can't submerge it, but I think you can rinse it off or spray it with a hose.

They have to put a rating on there because if they say 'waterproof' but don't elaborate, then some genius will think he can take it scuba diving and get upset when he couldn't check in on FB from 50m down.

I wouldn't think they're trying to keep it a secret, it just sounds like there's very little known about this tablet so far. For example, they list a battery size, but not an expected life.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

@MilwaukeeMike Thanks for the clarification. Not being familiar with electronic waterproofing standards I was reading that feature as a marketing gimmick.

DKRON said:

Looks great untill they bring out the price and its $1500 like everything else they make

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Looks great untill they bring out the price and its $1500 like everything else they make

Yeah, if this thing was <$600 that would be great for everyone, because this set of features is quite tasty for a 10inch tab.

havok585 havok585 said:

I bet this will under the level of price practiced by apple's ipads overpriced tablets.

havok585 havok585 said:

I bet this will BE* under the level of price practiced by apple's ipads overpriced tablets.

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

If you compare iPad to other high-end Androids, the iPad is cheaper. It also sucks more for power users, but the general public just sees the price difference.

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