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.