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Hands-on: Sony Xperia Tablet Z [VIDEO]

It was barely announced, officially, just yesterday, and today we spent a little time in Sony’s booth, taking a look at their all new Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Sony touts the tab as the world’s thinnest 10.1-inch tablet, featuring a thickness of just 6.99mm (that’s thinner than many smartphones). Upon seeing the device in person, I can safely say this will be the sexiest Android tab to ever hit the market — hands down. Let’s cover some of the specs and then we’ll get to our video.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z specs:

  • 10.1-inch Full HD 1920 x 1200p Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • The world’s thinnest 10.1-inch tablet at 6.9mm and lightweight at 495 grams
  • Dust and water resistant (IP55 & IP57) with a durable glass front display
  • Built-in universal IR remote control can control Sony and other manufacturers’ consumer electronic devices
  • Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 1.5 GHz asynchronous quad-core CPU and 2 GB RAM
  • One-Touch connectivity with Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • A unique OmniBalance design with subtly rounded edges and smooth reflective surfaces
  • 8 MP rear camera featuring Exmor R for Mobile and Superior Auto plus 2MP HD front camera
  • Battery STAMINA mode further improves the standby time
  • S-Force Front Surround 3D provides realistic surround sound using two speakers

With a device this dainty, you’d expect the Xperia Tablet Z to be as delicate as a flower, but in our brief hands-on, the device felt sturdy, solid, and rigid, defying the laws of physics for a device this large, yet so skinny. To further showcase it’s durability, Sony even went the extra mile, adding dust and water resistance to the tab, hightlighting this feature in a dunk tank display, submerging the Tablet Z in water in the middle of their booth.

You can expect the Sony Xperia Tablet Z to launch sometime during Spring of this year, with the 16GB model retailing for $500, and the 32GB for $600. Yum.

 

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  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Very nice. A top 3 contender after the dust settles.

  • Nicholas Podges

    does it have HDMI out?

  • ScottyByrd

    Kind of expensive compared to others.

    • domatau

      agreed, it should be priced $100 lower for each storage size imo

  • Albert

    have there been any other major tablet announcements? Seems very quiet…Only the Note 8.0 and the Asus ones…Is Samsung planning on updating the Tab and Note 10.1 lines?

  • Mark dizz

    I wish this came in an 8″ variety

  • CWeb

    All sounds great, except when you see it won’t come out until Q3! Sony, you’ve done it again, announce a product that won’t come out for 6 months. I love your stuff, just release it in a decent time frame.

  • AlexMWilliams

    I really like what Sony has been doing recently. Both this and the smartphone are extremely good looking pieces of technology. I have a Nexus 10 and I love it so I won’t be purchasing this but it is an extremely good looking tablet. I hope both of these sell well so Sony continues to venture down this path,

  • Robabobbob

    Looks very nice, how was the web page rendering/zooming etc?

  • Tony Lai

    Sony loves that “Panda” color.