Sony officially announces Xperia Tablet Z; slimmer than the iPad Mini

The Xperia Tablet Z is thinner than the iPad Mini and packs NFC and LTE support. Will the Tablet Z help Sony gain some more ground in the tablet market?

Published Date
21 - Jan - 2013
| Last Updated
21 - Jan - 2013
Sony officially announces Xperia Tablet Z; slimmer than the iPad...

Sony has officially announced its new flagship tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z. Believed to be a significant upgrade over the Xperia Tablet S, the Tablet Z runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and has a thickness of just 6.9mm.

The Xperia Tablet Z, recently leaked online, comes with a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels augmented by Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine, as well as Qualcomm's 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, and an 8.1MP Exmor R camera.

The device has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The Sony Xperia Tablet Z has a microSD expansion slot and features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and LTE support. The tablet is also said to be both waterproof and dustproof.

At just 6.9mm, Sony's Xperia Tablet Z is slimmer than the iPad Mini which is 7.2mm. The Sony tablet weighs 495 grams. Another notable feature of the Xperia Tablet Z is the “S-Force Front Surround 3D” which is said to improve the sound from the tablet. The tablet is likely to come with a 6,000 mAh battery.

From the official images, the Xperia Tablet Z design resembles the recently launched Xperia Z smartphones at the CES 2013.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Sony says the new tablet is intended for the Japenese market where it will hit this spring. Sony hasn't revealed the official pricing or the global release of the Tablet Z, but is expected to be available in Q1 2013.

Source: Sony Japan