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.
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?