It looks like internet rumours have scored a rare hit today – Sony have officially unveiled the Xperia Tablet Z and it matches earlier leaks in pretty much every detail. The slate comes with a host of impresssive features, not least of which a magnificently thin 6.9 millimetre waistline.
The Tablet Z includes a 10.1″ Bravia 2 display at a resolution of 1920 x 1200, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor running at 1.5 GHz and 2 GB of RAM. Internal storage is good too, at 32 GB, and there’s an SD card slot for additional storage. Finally, the tablet should include some reasonably good optics for a tablet, at least comparable with Apple’s attempts. That’s courtesy of an 8 megapixel Exmor R sensor on the rear of the device and an “automatic low light mode” that should step in when conditions aren’t favourable. Connectivity is also strong, with options for NFC, Bluetooth 4 and Wi-Fi N. You should also be able to get the tablet with LTE in supported markets – although it’s not known if the UK will be represented among that list.
Finally, all of this hardware together with a 6000 mAh battery is encapsulated in a chassis just 6.9 millimetres thin and with a weight of less than half a kilogram – 495 grams, to be precise. According to Sony, it’s the “thinnest tablet” they’re aware of – not even the tiny iPad Mini, at 7.2 millimetres, is thinner. The chassis of the Tablet Z is also water-proof and dust-proof, with a strong IP5X certification that should allow this tablet to stand a quick tumble into the drink none the worse for wear. The Tablet Z will be available in white and black versions, as was the case with the Sony Xperia Z smartphone.
In terms of software, we’re going to be looking at Android Jelly Bean. It’s only version 4.1 instead of 4.2, but Sony should have no problems updating to the latest version – hopefully before Android 5.0 is released. We haven’t heard too much about the software running on the tablet, but as it’s Sony we’re talking about expect the usual strong suite of media streaming and remote control options.
And when will see the Xperia Tablet Z? Well, the tablet will be released in the Japanese market sometime this spring, but we should hear worldwide pricing and availability information at Sony’s press event at the Mobile World Conference in just over a month’s time.