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Last month Sony unveiled their latest flagship tablet, known as the Xperia Tablet Z. The slate was scheduled to launch in Japan this spring in black and white but up until now, no plans were announced to bring the device to the US. That’s all changed this week at Mobile World Congress as we are now hearing Sony will bring the Tablet Z stateside in the not-too-distant future.
In case you missed the original announcement, the 10-1.inch Xperia Tablet Z ships with a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution display with a pixel density of 224 PPI that’s said to be enhanced with Sony’s Bravia Engine 2. Inside is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC ticking along at 1.5GHz paired with 2GB of system memory.
There’s an 8.1-megapixel camera on the rear, a microSD card slot, Sony S-Force audio technology, internal IR blaster, NFC and LTE connectivity. The 6,000mAh battery should be good for more than eight hours of uptime, according to Sony. The slate will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean although officials say an update to 4.2 will be available once the tablet launches.
Internal specifications aside, Sony’s new tablet grabbed media attention for its incredibly sleek design. At just 6.9mm thick, it’s thinner than Apple’s iPad mini and weighs in at 495g.
Sony has yet to announce a release date for US customers but we do know the Tablet Z will sell for $499 with 16GB of storage and $599 if you want the 32GB model.
The Sony Xperia Z is the first water-resistant (IPX5/7) and dust-proof (IP5X) smartphone from Sony, featuring a 5 inch display, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Quad Core with 2 GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a MicroSD card slot. It also packs NFC, a 13 MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera with AutoFocus.
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