Sony hasn’t struck gold in the tablet market yet, but they’re hoping to make a go of it this year with the Xperia Tablet Z – a device that admittedly is backed by some pretty impressive technology.
The Xperia Tablet Z is an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device that will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro asynchronous quad-core processor. That power will be backed by 2 GB of RAM. The 10.1” display is capable of Full HD playback, with a 1920 x 1200 resolution screen powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. It’s also the thinnest tablet in its class at 6.9 mm, and weighs 495 grams.
The cameras are both terrific, as you might expect from Sony. The rear one is an 8 MP HD camera with an Exmor R sensor. The front-facing camera is a 2 MP HD offering. NFC will also find its way into the Xperia Tablet Z. A built-in universal IR remote means you can probably throw away most other remote controls in your house, should you pick up this tablet.
It seems Sony is also fond of waterproofing all of their devices. This one is water-resistant up to three feet, for as much as 30 minutes. The Xperia Tablet Z is also dust resistant, so if you want a beach-friendly tablet, this is as close as you’re probably going to get for right now.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z will be hitting stores this spring in black 16 GB and 32 GB models (there is a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion). Those will cost $500 and $600, respectively, and you can expect to see a white version of the 32 GB model at some point.