Sony introduces Xperia Tablet Z 10.1-inch 1080p Android tablet

Sony introduces Xperia Tablet Z 10.1-inch 1080p Android tablet

Summary: Sony's latest Android tablet features a quad-core processor and measures just 6.9mm thick.

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Sony has been fairly quiet on the tablet front recently — including no announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES, also known as Tablet Fest 2013) — but its Japanese home base has just revealed a new model, the Xperia Tablet Z.

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(Credit: Sony)

Before you think, "Oh great, just another Android tablet," let's look at how Sony has tried to spice up its latest slate. First, it's given the 10.1-inch display full 1080p HD resolution (1,920x1,080), which doesn't match the pixel-packing heights of the Google Nexus 10, but is still not too shabby. It also bundles a quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and an 8.1-megapixel camera.

Maybe best of all, it stuffs all of this hardware into a body that's just 6.9mm thick, which is 0.3mm thinner than the Apple iPad Mini (as a point of reference). It's also about 4 ounces lighter than the Nexus 10, but its purported 6,000mAh battery can't compete with the Nexus' 9,000mAh one. It also runs Android 4.1, whereas Google's 10-inch tablet uses Android 4.2.

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 US availability for this new model, though presumably it will reach these shores. What price should Sony sell the Xperia Tablet Z at in order to make it competitive against the already crowded field?

[Via The Verge]

Topics: Tablets, Android

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  • I like Sony's tablets but...

    I like the Sony Tablets but, they have got to get a larger battery in them.

    But, as for Tablets, I find myself using them less and less as I use my PC more and more. The Tablets are cool and all but, there's just something about a large screen for doing most things.
    slickjim
    • Also, the notion that it is 0.3 mm thinner than iPad mini is irrelevant ...

      ... since those tablets of completely different sizes.

      So OF COURSE, it is league easier to have thinner product that is dramatically larger in other dimensions.

      Apple's fifth generation iPad, to debut this march, will be, most probably, slightly thicker than this Tablet Z 10.1, but it will have much better battery life, as well as much Retina display (this Sony's screen way below Retina qualifications, unlike iPad's screen or Samsung's Nexus 10).
      DDERSSS
      • When are you going to admit 1 of 2 things?

        1. You work for apple.

        2. You are making all of this up.

        Which one?
        toddbottom3
    • slickjim

      So you're not aboard the 'post-pc' bus then?
      Saxwulf
  • Specs look pretty decent.....all depends on the price

    $299 or less and this thing could be successful. 1920x1080 resolution on a 10 inch is more than enough for all purposes. I see little reason for manufacturers to get super crazy on pixels per inch.
    ckantack@...
  • Less than the Nexus 10

    Amazon is selling the Nexus 10 with 32 GB for $579. Since the Sony is lacking in display and battery life; the device should be somewhat cheaper. I doubt we'll see it at $300 -- Sony does not compete in the low-end. It should be no more than $500, but I think they will try to squeeze a little more, just because they think they can.
    jvitous
    • Dead at more than $399

      Samsung, Asus, and all the others have a glut of nice tablets on the market in between the 199 and 399 space.

      People will want this, but won't pay Samsung Note price which has the features that make it worth its price point.
      Al in SoCal
  • Same problems as their last tablet

    Late to market and tech specs that fall behind what is already available, but will likely be priced just as high.
    Emacho
  • I use my tablet in portrait mode more often than not

    and a 16:9 ratio is to awkward for me in portrait mode.
    baggins_z
    • I use my Surface RT in portrait mode when appropriate

      It works just fine. Why do you believe the Xperia wouldn't work in portrait mode?
      toddbottom3
  • Sorry, but...

    I am not in the mood to support Sony. They have not behaved the way I think they should have on several occasions in the past few years.

    Actions have consequences.
    D.T.Long
  • Price needs to be on low end

    I think they need to look at $250-$300 to really be competitive. Being a version behind the latest and greatest and questionable update speeds makes me leery of buying anything that isn't a Nexus device. I have a Galaxy Nexus and a Nexus 7 and am perfectly happy with my updates straight from Google.
    jaygatsby9909
  • Japan only last I read

    From what I have read this next Sony tablet will be available in Japan only. Given that Samsung has dropped plans for more US Windows 8 tablets. I have to wonder if tablets have reached market saturation in the US? At least a couple manufactures seem to think so.
    jscott418-22447200638980614791982928182376
  • Best Tablet for Android

    Best Tablet for Android
    http://www.tabletforandroid.com/
    num1239