The thinnest and lightest tablet in the world: Sony unveils the Xperia Tablet Z
Following 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
226mm / 172mm / 6.9mm
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
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?
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