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.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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

  2. does it have HDMI out?

  3. Kind of expensive compared to others.

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

  4. 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?

  5. I wish this came in an 8″ variety

  6. 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.

  7. 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,

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

  9. Sony loves that “Panda” color.

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