Sony boasts world’s thinnest 10.1-inch tablet with Xperia Tablet Z


Sony has added another “Z” device to its lineup, except this time it’s on the tablet side of things. The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is the world’s thinnest 10.1-inch tablet as it comes in at just 6.99mm thin. What can Sony stuff inside such a sleek package?

For starters, you can expect a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, 2GB of RAM, an 8.1 megapixel camera on the back with a 2 megapixel camera on the front, a 1920×1200 “Reality Display,” NFC, and will be IP55 and IP57 water-resistant, which means the tablet can be submerged in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

You can expect Playstation certification, Sony’s Battery Stamina technology for longer standby times, MHL connectivity, and Android 4.1.2 out of the box (though you can look forward to Jelly Bean 4.2 soon after). Sony is pegging a Q2 2013 launch date for this bad boy, and it’ll come in a 16GB configuration for $500 and a 32GB configuration for $600. Read on for full press details.

Sony’s New Xperia™ Tablet Z Packs Powerful Specifications into a Slim and Sleek Design

The Premium Android™-powered device features the best of Sony technology, entertainment, design and connectivity in the world’s thinnest 10.1″ tablet

SAN DIEGO, February 25, 2013 (12:00 AM PST) – At Mobile World Congress, Sony announced today the launch of the Xperia Tablet Z, a premium 10.1″ Android tablet that is also the world’s thinnest.* The new device joins Sony’s flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z, in offering consumers premium specifications with the best of Sony technology, entertainment, design and connectivity.

Premium Tablet Design

Xperia Tablet Z is the most premium, high performance 10.1″ Android tablet available. Built from quality materials and featuring the same stunning OmniBalance design as the Xperia Z smartphone, Xperia Tablet Z is also the slimmest 10.1″ tablet in the world at 6.9 mm* and lightweight at 495 grams. It is the first tablet to run on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Pro asynchronous quad core processor and has the highest levels of water resistance (IP55 & IP57) ever seen in a tablet, making it immersible in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

“Xperia Tablet Z sets new standards in entertainment by matching premium specifications and Sony technology with cross-device connectivity and a consistent user-experience,” said Kaz Tajima, corporate vice president, head of UX creative design and planning, at Sony Mobile Communications. “Xperia Tablet Z reinforces our intention to be a leading player in the premium Android device market, by building on the principles established by Xperia Z and perfectly optimizing them for the tablet form factor.”

Integrated Sony Technology

Xperia Tablet Z includes the very best of Sony technology. With a 10.1″ full-HD Reality Display, powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, it delivers enhanced color reproduction for a brilliant TV-like viewing experience. By offering the widest spectrum of color on any tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z provides a vivid, life-like display. It also draws upon Sony’s camera expertise with an 8MP HD rear camera featuring the Exmor® R for Mobile image sensor and a 2 MP HD front-facing camera for capturing the best images in any condition, including low light. Sony’s S-Force Front Surround 3D provides superior audio performance while Sony’s Clear Audio+ mode and the innovative use of two built-in speakers with four ‘speaker halls’ on the left and right corners help the tablet deliver amazing sound no matter how it is held. Xperia Tablet Z also includes Battery STAMINA mode, Sony’s unique battery management technology that can improve standby time. The Xperia Tablet Z also offers a microSD card slot for up to 64GB of expandable storage.

Seamless One-touch Connectivity

Xperia Tablet Z is available in a WiFi version in the US and includes more connectivity options than any other tablet, placing it at the heart of the connected home experience. It includes Sony’s Near Field Communication (NFC) One-Touch functions which allow users to transfer content among compatible devices, including audio, video and images, seamlessly from tablet to TV, tablet to speaker or phone to tablet just by touching them together. One-Touch functions are a key component of Sony’s device range this year and no other consumer electronics company today is bringing as many NFC-enabled products to market. The tablet’s Universal IR Remote allows users to control their TV and other Sony devices – as well as products from other manufacturers – directly from the tablet. Additionally, TV SideView is a new application, available from the Google Play store, that gives users an entirely new way to interact with the TV: Discover content via the interactive and visual TV guide, change channels, share with your social networks and cross-search other TV application listings like Netflix®, Video Unlimited™ and YouTube™ in your home network for additional content.

“The living room continues to be the number one location for tablet usage in the US. Consumers are using their tablet as a second-screen companion while watching TV, which is why we packed the Xperia Tablet Z with more connectivity options than any other tablet on the market,” said Phil Lubell, vice president of networked technologies and services at Sony Electronics. “The Xperia Tablet Z makes it easier than ever to connect, share and discover content across all your devices in the home.”

Sony’s Media Applications

Sony’s signature media applications – Walkman®, Movies and Album – allow users to enjoy, control and view content. The Sony Entertainment Network ecosystem is also integrated into the application experience and includes Music Unlimited™ which provides subscribers with access to 18 million songs and Facebook® social integration, Video Unlimited™ with access to over 100,000 movies and TV series and PlayStation® Mobile.

Xperia Tablet Z Accessories

Xperia Tablet Z will launch with a number of accessories including a Cradle, an LCD Screen Protector and a Leather Carrying Cover that comes in Black, White or Red. These will be available from Sony stores and registered retailers.

Xperia Tablet Z will launch on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and is upgradable to 4.2 after launch for the latest Android user experience.

Key features for Xperia Tablet Z

  • 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

Availability and Pricing

The Xperia Tablet Z is available in black in a 16 GB and 32 GB version and will be sold at Sony Stores, including online, and other authorized dealers nationwide for about $499 and $599 respectively this Spring. A white 32 GB version will be available exclusively at Sony Stores, including online.

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  1. Again these OEM’s think consumers want “thin” WE DONT! We want large capacitiy batteries, and a thinner bezel. Not thinner profile. I don’t need a tablet to cut cake with, I just want 4 day battery life!

      1. The cake is a lie…

    1. People who read android blogs want that. People who walk into best buy and walmart and get talked into wanting a tablet want pretty and thin.

    2. Exactly! I also dont want a tablet that will explode if I sneeze in its general direction. Im not a small guy. I dont want “dainty” and I can handle carrying a couple more ounces w/o pulling a muscle. Give me battery life and durability!


    3. Actually I do.

      I plan to use this one as general living room tablet. With a charging stand (which this one thankfully has) battery use is under such conditions a non-factor as long as it is above a reasonable minimum (like 5+ hours) and other factors (like thinness and weight) become more important.

      If you want a tablet for mobile use I would heartily agree with you though.

  2. Screw thinness! Put a battery in the damn thing that will last a month!

    1. A car battery with a screen?

  3. I like the water resistant feature. Have to agree with the person below. Thin is nice but would rather have 5 times the battery and make it thicker. I don’t think the article above said what size battery this comes with??

  4. I understand the comments regarding battery and I agree…..give me a tablet that will last. But rather than putting in a larger battery to extend life, I want OEM’s to find ways to increase the life using software and new circuitry.
    Develop something that charges to 100% in 10 minutes.
    How about a tablet that ‘sleeps’ when not in use and doesn’t use any juice (but fires up instantly when a notification is received or the power button is toggled).

    1. That’s exactly what Sony’s new “Battery Stamina” is. “Battery STAMINA mode further improves the standby time”

    2. ASUS has something similar. When in power saving mode and not in use, the battery lasts more than a few days.

  5. By the way….this looks like a badass tablet! The water proofing is a nice touch. What about screen durability?

    1. Cant wait to play angry birds while taking a bath :)

  6. Meh… What are they giving us software wise?

  7. Nowhere mentioned what battery mAh is or did I just miss it in the text?

    1. Its 6000mAH

  8. pricing is awesome…… if only it came with Google support =[

  9. Copping this! Where do i sign up?

  10. Nice looking device.

  11. This is an awesome looking tablet and I like the specs a lot. However, they missed the mark on the pricing. I think the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 have the sweet spots for pricing for 7 in and 10 in tablets. Sony is trying to come in and play catch up. At the very least they should have priced the 16GB model at $299 and the 32GB model at $399 and they would had a winner. Instead they have $499 and $599 and this is too high for what you get here.

    Especially considering if Sony will even update this more than once.

    1. I’m thinking they will revise these prices before release day, or they will discount it shortly after. They have done the same with their other 2 tablets.

  12. Long battery life is good but I’m surprised the number of people here banging on about it. Too much battery makes a very heavy tablet so there needs to be the right balance.

  13. Its only thin because its so wide!

  14. Just
    and Excellent creation from Sony that comes with perfect battery
    consumption power as well it also carries …simply WOW touching experience…..

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