Sony Xperia Tablet Z launching January 22

News Paul Briden 11:21, 17 Jan 2013

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z will launch in Japan on January 22 and details of a possible wider release are expected to follow

Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z will allegedly launch at a Japanese carrier event as early as next week, according to reports.

A Japanese mobile tech blog has revealed that carrier company DoCoMo will be unveiling its new product line-up on January 22 and that one such product will be the Xperia Tablet Z.

We saw rumours about the Xperia Tablet Z via Japanese Twitter sources earlier in the week, but this new information adds weight to the device’s existence.

It’s not clear whether the Xperia Tablet Z will get a release outside of Japan, but considering Sony has released all its previous Android tablets, including the Xperia Tablet S predecessor model, outside of Japan we think it’s fairly likely.

Rest assured we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open for talk of a UK release and price point. We’re also going to be on the lookout for more Sony products at Mobile World Congress at the end of February, and if the device is aiming for a wider launch we expect it will show up there.

There still haven’t been any pictures of the Xperia Tablet Z, but from this new report we do have a better idea of the spec line-up.

Some of these specs confirm what we saw before: a 10.1-inch Full HD LCD display with a 1920x1200 pixel resolution, a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE support, an 8-megapixel camera, 6,000mAh battery pack and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

To that we can now add NFC support and a 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera.

As before, it’ll sport a super-thin 6.9mm chassis which is both water and dust proof.

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