January 21, 2013
10 Days After CES, Sony Announces New Xperia Z Tablet
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Sony announced their newest smartphone– the Xperia Z– earlier this month at CES in Las Vegas. This new phone is waterproof and dust proof (because, why not?) and boasts a 5-inch 1080p HD display with a quad-core Snapdragon processor running Android 4.1.Now, 10 days after the world´s largest gadget show has closed, Sony has seen fit to announce yet another Z device, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. The specs for such a device had recently been leaked online, but today it´s become official. In addition to having the same resilience to dust and water as its smartphone cousin, the Xperia Tablet Z also arrives with a 10.1-inch screen and a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor.
Yet, the big ticket spec-making headline today is its thin, 6.9 mm frame. Believe it or not, this makes the device .3 millimeters thinner than Apple´s iPad mini, thus making news.
The new iPad mini measures 7.2 mm thin, with the Google Nexus 10 measuring 8.9 mm and the full-sized iPad coming in at 9.4 mm.
Now that Android tablets are being released nearly every week, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is already facing some fierce competition on all fronts. It may be thinner than the iPad mini, but its 10.1-inch 1080p HD 1920x1080 screen scores a little lower than the Google´s Nexus 10´s 2560x1600 screen. Though, to be honest, at this resolution, it may be difficult to tell a significant difference.
The Z´s, which ship with Android 4.1 and a 6,000 mAh battery also can´t compete with the Nexus 10´s 9,000 mAh option. While 4.1 is the common version for many Android devices, Google´s own Nexus understandably ships with 4.2.
Like other new Android tablet offerings, the Tablet Z arrives with 2 GB of RAM and a quad-core processor in a 32 GB variety. While better than Apple´s 1.4GHz dual-core A6X processor and 1 GB of RAM, the iPad is available with up to 64 GB of storage.
Sony has also built the Tablet Z with an 8.1 megapixel camera on the rear and a 2 megapixel shooter on the front. There´s even a CMOS sensor in the rear camera, helping the Tablet Z shoot better low-light pictures, according to Sony.
NFC had a huge presence at this year´s CES, giving consumers the ability to control their washing machines via smartphone or move pictures to their television. The Tablet Z and Smartphone Z also have this feature, allowing the 5-inch and 10-inch devices to connect wirelessly with one another. Sony says these 2 devices will be able to wirelessly stream music and photos to one another.
The tablet Z will also ship with LTE connectivity and “S-Force,” a front facing, virtual 3D surround sound technology.
Though they´ve made this thing official, Sony has yet to mention availability or pricing, 2 huge specs which could either set this tablet apart from the competition or demolish it altogether. When it does ship, it will be available in either black or white and will reportedly play very nicely with all other Sony devices, such as the latest Xperia smartphone and Bravia televisions.