Posted 01/21/2013 at 9:51 AM
Posted 5 years ago
Following on from the unveiling of its impressive Xperia Z smartphone at CES in Las Vegas, Sony has expanded its new offering’s by showing off a brand-new 10.1-inch flagship Xperia Z tablet.
The Japanese company is far from being a big player in the tablet market, and suffered embarrassment with its last release (the Xperia S tablet) when devices were recalled due to a flaw in the splash-proof design. With the Xperia Z tablet, however, Sony has come up with something that is every bit as impressive as its smartphone sibling.
Like the five-inch device, the Xperia Z tablet is both waterproof and dustproof and comes packed with Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB of RAM. In the looks department, the tablet is as impressive as anything currently on the market – just 6.9mm in thickness and weighing in at 495 grams – and it has a big advantage over market rivals from Apple and Google in that a microSD expansion card slot is provided alongside 32GB of internal storage. The 10.1-inch tablet also comes with a 1,920 x 1,200-pixel display, an 8.1-MP camera, and both NFC and LTE support. Like the other Xperia Z devices, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the chosen operating system, with Sony’s own UI skimmed over the top.
I am not sure why Sony has waited until now to unveil this device, when the company could have gotten more exposure and fanfare by showing it off at CES, although, it is possible that the company has taken the wraps off earlier than they may have wanted to due to specs being leaked online last week, as reported by TechRadar.
There are currently no details on price or availability of the tablet, and it’s not even clear whether the device will be launched outside of its home country. However, given its specs, I would expect Sony to be marketing this alongside the other Xperia Z handsets around the world, possibly even launching it at the same time, which is currently Q1 2013. One thing is for sure, from what we know about the device, it is highly unlikely that it will be priced in the budget range.