The new tablet unveiled in Japan is 6.9mm thick and its weight is estimated of 495g, which makes it the thinnest and lightest 10-inch Android tablet on the market and even thinner than well-known Apple’s device iPad Mini.
The Tablet Z features a 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 resolution ‘Reality Display’ powered by Mobile Bravia Engine 2. When compared to iPad Mini, the latter has the next resolutions: 7.87 x 5.30 x 0.28 inches (200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm).
The design language of the tablet is similar to the recent Sony Xperia devices, such as the Xperia Z. Also, just like the Xperia Z, the Xperia Tablet Z happens to be dust and water resistant, GMZ Arena explains.
On the back the ultra thin tablet has an 8 megapixel Exmor R camera with backlit CMOS sensor. On the inside, the Xperia Tablet Z has a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage space with microSD card slot, NFC, LTE and Sony’s S-Force virtual 3D surround sound technology.
According to Blog of Mobile, the unveiled device includes a 6,000mAh battery, which is actually a tad smaller than the Excite 10 LE’s6,690mAh cell. Hopefully Sony’s power management is expected to bring Xperia Z up to about the same mobility performance.
The company has announced the tablet for Japan only as of now, though technology websites are swarming with reports that a global release of the highly anticipated product will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February 2013.
This will be the third tablet by Sony, after Xperia Tablet S and Xperia Tablet P, which failed to maintain their positions in the market.
“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,” The Independent concluded.
Zdnet went on, saying: “How well the Xperia Tablet Z will compete against the likes of the Nexus 10 and other 10-inch Android tablets will depend on its price point, of course.”
“Unfortunately, we don’t know that information yet, nor do we even know the U.S. availability for this new model, though presumably it will reach these shores,” the tech blog added.
By the way, the Sony Xperia Z was said to be of the most interested products at CES 2013. Moreover, in social media circles the product was also highly discusses.
As a company, Sony got the second-highest number of mentions, behind the Korean manufacturer Samsung. However, in terms of overall products the Xperia Z dominated the social media buzz with 44% of mentions.
There’s no doubt Sony is on a high right now, let’s hope this momentum continues through to this year’s Mobile World Congress, which take place at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain on February 25-28, 2013.