Sony announces the 10" Xperia Tablet Z
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Sony is at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and has announced the Xperia Tablet Z. The Z series is Sony’s premium product line and the company is claiming the Tablet Z to be the world’s slimmest, “most premium, high performance 10.1” LTE Android tablet available.”
One of the most interesting features is the tablet’s dust and water resistance. It can be kept beneath 3 feet of fresh water for up to half an hour but the trade-off is all input/output connections have to be covered. Sony even has a name for the design of the device which is OmniBalance, essentially an effort to strike a balance between hardware and design. The family’s smaller brother, the Xperia Z smartphone also shares both of these features.
Inside the Xperia Tablet Z is a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor (APQ8064, Gobi MDM9215M modem and an Adreno 320 GPU), 2GB RAM, up to 16 GB flash memory and will launch on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There is also a microSD expansion card slot for up to an extra 64 GB of storage space.
The display is a 10.1” HD 1920x1200p WUXGA covered by durable glass. According to Sony the display is powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, to deliver enhanced color reproduction. The tablet is only 6.9mm thick and weighs 495g (around 1.1 pounds). On the back is an 8 megapixel Exmor R camera and there is also a 2 megapixel camera on the front. It will be available in black or white, in LTE and WiFi versions, and launch globally in the second quarter of 2013. For more details and specifications check out the videos and link below.