Xperia Z Tablet Confirmed at MWC 2013

Sony has confirmed that its new Xperia Z ultra-thin tablet will be released in international markets in the second quarter of 2013.

Just like the Xperia Z phone, the tablet of the same name is claimed to be waterproof - making it “immune to accidental spills and splashes” – and also dust proof.

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The tablet has a 10.1-inch HD display (1920×1200) with high brightness and high  definition video WUXGA technology, along with Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2 for  boosting the image content and contrasts.

Running Android 4.1 Jelly  Bean, the Xperia Z tablet is powered by a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor and has an  8.1 million pixel camera on the rear, equipped with a CMOS sensor Exmor R for  the first time in a Sony tablet.

Sony says that the camera performs  better in low-light conditions, and automatically adjusts to the optimal  settings.

This all comes in a tablet that weighs 495g, but is just 6.9 millimetres thick -  beating the iPad  Mini‘s 7.2mm, believed to be the previous thinnest tablet on the commercial  market.

The Xperia Z tablet supports Near Field Communications (NFC),  enabling one-touch wireless streaming of photos and music, and also Long Term  Evolution, or 4G internet, as well as WiFi.

“Xperia Tablet Z sets new  standards in entertainment by matching premium specifications and Sony  technology with cross-device connectivity and a consistent user-experience,”  said Sony Mobile’s Kaz Tajima.

“Xperia Tablet Z reinforces our intention  to be a leading player in the premium Android device market, by building on the  principles established by Xperia Z and perfectly optimising them for the tablet  form factor.”

Sony says that it has fitted the slate with “S-Force Front Surround 3D”, a new  technology that gives the user ‘virtual surround sound’ from the speakers.

Available in either black, white or red, the Xperia Z will launch in the  first Sony stores on March 1, and then roll out globally in the second quarter  of 2013.

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Official pricing has not yet been announced, but AllThingsD says that the 16 gigabyte WiFi version will cost $499 (£329)  in the US, and the 32GB model will cost $599.

The Xperia Z tablet will  launch on Android 4.1, but upgrade to 4.2 afterwards.

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