Sony announces Xperia Tablet Z: 10.1-inch display, 6.9mm thin, waterproof

Sony is on a roll when it comes to announcing brand new Android products, first showing off the Xperia Z flagship smartphone at CES 2013, and now the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Running Android 4.1 like its smartphone brother, the Tablet Z comes with a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 processor (1.5 GHz Krait quad-core) and an 8.1-megapixel Exmor R-sensor rear camera.

Of even more interest is the design and build of the Tablet Z: not only is the tablet dust and waterproof, but it also comes in an extremely svelte 6.9mm thin, 495g light body. This makes it the thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet going around, and significantly departs from previous Sony designs which have failed to capture the market in the past.

Other specs of this tablet include an LTE radio for super-fast data on the go, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of on-board storage with microSD expansion, and NFC. The battery comes in at 6,000 mAh - a little on the slim side when tablets such as the Google Nexus 10 pack 9,000 mAh - but this is a trade-off made to slim down the design. Sony also has the usual swathe of software packed in, including the Mobile Bravia Engine 2 and "S-Force" virtual surround sound technology.

Currently there is no word on pricing or availability for the Xperia Tablet Z, but considering the Xperia Z phone is slated for March we'll probably see this tablet come out sometime after then.

Source: Engadget
More info: Xperia Tablet Z website

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I actually quite like Sony's skin. It's very light, sticks to the Android Design Guidelines completely and it adds a lot of functionality. Sony's media apps are brilliant, much better than the AOSP music player and pretty much all third-party stuff too.

Stock Android is nice, but it can get a little boring. I'm looking into installing the GO Launcher EX for tablets on my Nexus 10.

I want a little eye candy and some missing features that stock Android doesn't have, like being able to collapse the soft buttons bar.

MINE.

It's fast, it's thin, it's good-looking, it's got a brilliant display and it's waterproof. No reason not to own one. This will go very, very nicely with my Xperia Z.

Also, this is one of the first tablets with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. They're much, much faster than Tegra 3's while at the same time using much less power. This one is going to do some serious steamrolling in benchmarks!

I wonder if Sony's making it tvdpi (like the Nexus 7) or hdpi.

Ezekiel Carsella said,
good specs. just needs windows 8....

Sony is trying to make money not lose money, nobody would buy it if it ran Windows RT

Android has very little tablet apps most are just stretched out smartphone Apps. Windows Rt/8 is probably closing in on it. Google has still not announced numbers which can only mean bad things. Apple blows everyone away with 275,000 apps. Windows is at about 40k and should be at 100k in Oct.

Beautiful!

Sony knows what the consumer wants, power, beauty, and the largest mobile market place, killer!

Want. I have the Xperia Tablet S (bought only a month ago *grrrrr*) and the Z has the screen I want. Man... *whips out the credit card yet again*

Sony needs to make Windows Tablet too, they're pretty stubborn with all-android eco system. I was surprised that they haven't made PS3 and PSVita with Android.

This looks really good. 500$ price tag. Sony is not a premium brand anymore so I hope they do not try that. I also hope the battery life is in the 9-10 hour area. If not I do not understand making it thinner just to loose out on that much battery life. When it comes down to it, battery life and screen are the most important things here.

Lol, where did you get the idea that Sony isn't a premium brand anymore? Their hardware is amongst the best of all, and that applies to their phones, tablets, computers, tv's and cameras.

Great. And double great after the turd that was Model S.

Now if only someone will hack at least pure Linux on it. Time for this fat beyond reason firmware that is Android to die. I'd even take RT over Android.

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