Sony Xperia Tablet Z officially unveiled
Sony officially takes the wraps off the Xperia Tablet Z, a 10-inch slate with a wafer-thin, waterproof design
Sony has officially announced the rumoured Xperia Tablet Z ahead of an expected carrier reveal in Japan.
Now though, Sony itself has pre-empted that launch and this is the first time we’ve seen images of the device.
It’s looking pretty impressive to say the least with a highly angular design and a waterproof and dust-proof chassis that’s only 6.9mm thick while weighing in at 495g.
It’s a 10.1-inch tablet with a 1920x1200 pixel WUXGA resolution for its touch display, which also feature’s Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2, as seen on the Xperia Z smartphone where it delivers punchy, colourful and sharp visuals.
Sony has still left a little bit of info in the dark, for example we know it’ll have a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core chip, but we don’t know exactly which model. That said, the clock speed and the fact that it features 2GB of RAM would suggest it’s a Snapdragon S4 Pro and should therefore also be sporting an Adreno 320 graphics processing unit (GPU).
It’ll also have an 8-megapixel primary camera with a Sony Exmor R back-illuminated (BSI) sensor. Sony’s blurb doesn’t specify the new Exmor RS sensor, however, but the company does say it can cope very well with low-light conditions and has automatic modes optimised for quick ‘point and shoot’ style photography.
Sony also revealed the Xperia Tablet Z has ‘S-Force Front Surround 3D’ (bear in mind this is Google’s translation from Japanese) which is pitched as some fairly nifty audio technology – given Sony’s electronics and audio pedigree we wouldn’t be surprised if this was high-quality stuff.
Again there’s no indication of pricing or availability but we have a strong suspicion Sony will make this model available globally.
How the company plans to pitch the device against the iPad, Google’s Nexus 10 and the avalanche of Windows 8 devices is anybody’s guess.
Expect to see more of this slate at Mobile World Congress at the end of February.