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Sony announces the Xperia Tablet Z – the world's thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet

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January 21, 2013

The Xperia Tablet Z is reportedly the thinnest and lightest 10-inch device around

The Xperia Tablet Z is reportedly the thinnest and lightest 10-inch device around

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Sony has announced a new premium device, known as the Xperia Tablet Z. Unveiled on the company's Japanese mobile site early this morning, the tablet features a number of high-end specs and, like its namesake Xperia Z smartphone, is fully waterproof.

The 10.1-inch tablet runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), and features a 1920 x 1200 display with Mobile Bravia Engine 2. The device is powered by a hefty Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 CPU, with 2 GB RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and a 6,000 mAh battery. Both NFC and LTE tech is included, as well as an 8.1-megapixel camera, a microSD card slot and Sony's “S-Force” virtual surround sound technology.

Similar to Sony's Xperia Z smartphone, the device features a slick, clean aesthetic and comes in a choice of black or white. The new tablet is also both waterproof and dustproof, giving it some serious durability credentials. There's currently no confirmed pricing or release date, but the device is expected to land in Japan in the spring.

The new tablet features a similar design to the company's flagship Xperia Z smartphone

From looks to internals, Sony's new tablet seems significantly more premium than its predecessor, and in a lot of areas, it comes out ahead of the competition. Though its display doesn't quite reach the heady heights of the Google Nexus 10's 2560 x 1600 offering, it is set to take the title of the world's thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet, at 6.9 mm (0.26 inches) thick and weighing in at 495 g (1.09 lbs).

Source: Sony via Engadget

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5 Comments

Given the size and weight and the impressive specs I can't help but wonder if the trade-off will be battery life. Time will tell!

Australian
21st January, 2013 @ 07:37 pm PST

nope that is also the complete wrong design, its seems samsung is the closest in the correct design but still not quite right, due to lacking a very important feature. regards Freelance Eng.(designer of smartphone tech)

Dave Hargraves
22nd January, 2013 @ 11:48 am PST

@Australian

In it's favor:

Given that my TF201 uses a 3380mAh battery and lasts hours even when playing high end games a 6000mAh battery should give this a decent run time.

Possible Downsides:

The Xperia is using a different processor and chipset, the Qualcomm chips are an unknown to me as I haven't been tracking them, so it could be less efficient over and above the difference between a 1.1 and a 1.5GHz cpu.

Durability would be the thing that would make me choose this over an NVidia based tablet. Tegra4 if it meets its reported stats will stomp all over a 1.5GHz quad core so they would either need to improve the stats or make it vastly more durable to lure the high end folks in.

VirtualGathis
22nd January, 2013 @ 12:09 pm PST

After Sony's "Beta" video tape fiasco in the 70's I have yet to see them produce a product worth buying.

Pks29733steel
22nd January, 2013 @ 02:44 pm PST

They are on the right track towards the best form factor for a 4th gen processor running Win8 Pro. I still think that the best tablet form factor I ever held was the NotionInk Adam. Somebody is eventually going to get it right.

Munoz-Nieves Jose
23rd January, 2013 @ 07:59 am PST
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