The thinnest and lightest tablet in the world: Sony unveils the Xperia Tablet Z

Alex Masters

xperia tablet z 300x225 The thinnest and lightest tablet in the world: Sony unveils the Xperia Tablet ZFollowing their recently unveiled Xperia Z smartphone, Sony are back on the scene with a brand new Android tablet. Meet the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. The world’s thinnest and lightest 10 inch tablet, complete with an array of impressive specs and running a modified version of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

The Xperia Tablet Z’s sleek and sharp lines are reminiscent of the classic minimalist design language that helped make Sony’s products so iconic and desirable. Something that has been missing from the company’s products in recent years. Gone is the unwieldy wedge shape that burdened its predecessor the Xperia Tablet S. Replaced instead with an ultra thin 6.9mm slab design.

It appears as though the Xperia Tablet Z is built with similar materials as the Xperia Z smartphone, which features a glass fibre polyamide construction for the frame. One big difference however, is that the tablet is sandwiched between a sheet of toughened glass on the front, and a waterproof plastic cover on the back. Rather than glass on both sides like the Xperia Z phone. The back cover is non-removable.

With a thickness of just 6.9mm the Xperia Tablet Z is even thinner than the 8 inch iPad Mini. It’s hard to imagine how they could make a device as thin as this and still pack in all of the hardware listed below:

10.1 inch WUXGA Display with 1920 x 1200 resolution
Qualcomm 1.5GHz Quad-core processor
8.1 megapixel Exmor R rear facing camera
2.2 megapixel front facing camera
32GB internal storage
6,000 mAh Battery

Dimensions (Length/Width/Depth):
226mm / 172mm / 6.9mm

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
2G / 3G / 4G LTE Connectivity
MicroSD card slot

Black / White

Like its little brother, the Xperia Z smartphone, the Xperia Tablet Z is also dust-proof and water resistant up to one metre, for a maximum of 30 minutes at a time. This confirms the presence of port covers to prevent any water and dust from entering the tablet.

Overall, the Xperia Tablet Z is sleek and understated in its appearance, with an impressive array of specs that defy its modest footprint. If pricing turns out to be competitive, then this could be Sony’s best chance to take a significant share of the rapidly growing tablet market in 2013.

European and US pricing and availability has not yet been announced, but with Mobile World Congress just around the corner, it likely won’t be long before we receive further information.

What do you think of Sony’s latest hardware? Do you think the company’s design team have finally rediscovered their mojo?

Let us know in the comments below

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  • Alex Masters

    Well they are shipping it with their own skew of Android 4.1, so that will more than likely feature some bloatware. Why they don’t just install stock Android and pre-install some extra apps is beyond me. If people like their added apps then they will use them If not, then they can remove them. After all, we are the ones paying for the product and we should have the option to control the installed software.

    It works for Windows, so they should follow that tried and tested formula on tablets too. It’s the one area I wish Google would get involved in. They should make it a condition that all future Android releases have an option to revert to stock Android. There have been rumours in the past of such a feature, but it has sadly never seen the light of day.

  • JamesJackson9

    With just 32GB of storage I don’t see the point – there’s so little you can carry around with you – having to attach hard drives (which doesn’t look simple without USB connection) reminds me of the early days of the PC when a few GBs of storage was considered enough. Now with 2TBs worth you’d be on to something…

  • MancunianPsycho

    Most things will be stored ‘on the cloud’ though. Music, pictures, documents can all be stored ‘off’ the device.

  • JaitcH

    Could be this Sony’s Renaissance?

    Let’s hope so, they build good stuff – even waterproof smartphones which Cupertino doesn’t.

  • porlee

    Apple iPad Mini: 308g 7.2mm. Sony Xperia Z: 495g 6.9mm. Thinner but not lighter.

  • surethom

    ipads are basic, just a list of apps, the apps are very good, but with android it is a more advanced OS & still as easy. How easy is it to just turn on wifi on an apple device, you have to go into settings, where as on android there is a live widget on the desktop or the pull down menu.

  • Fool_Brittania

    MEGA cloud?

  • First L

    I’ve got the Xperia S. Have to admit it’s a great phone even with the bloatware. Sony do have a good approach to rooting tho. They’ve made it relatively easy.

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