Rumors have been bumping around the internet for a few days now, but Sony has finally put the speculation to rest. The Xperia Tablet Z has been announced, but only for the Japanese market at this point. The Xperia Tablet Z is the tablet counterpart to the recently announced Xperia Z phones, and it's running Android 4.1 at launch.

tablet-z tablet-z back

The Tablet Z has a 10.1-inch LCD screen at 1920x1200 with Sony's Bravia 2 post-processing engine. Inside, it's packing the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.5GHz per-core, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (with an SD card slot), and an NFC chip. Unlike a lot of other OEMs, Sony is also including its flagship camera sensor, the 8.1MP Exmor R on the back.

The Xperia Tablet Z is going to be just 6.9mm thick and weighing 495g. How does that compare to, say, the Nexus 10? Google's 10-inch tablet is not nearly as slim at 8.9mm. The Nexus 10 also weighs more, tipping the scales at 603g. Sony's tablet is also water-proof just like the recently announced Xperia Z phone. Sony's Japanese announcement points out that the device supports LTE, but there's no telling what form it will take when it arrives on American or European shores. Pricing and availability are unknown at this point, but maybe Mobile World Congress will bring the details.

[Sony Japan]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy ok


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    • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

      Now we're talking Sony! Color me very interested!

      Just please, keep the price reasonable.
      Please, please, make us a great dock to compensate for your silly proprietary ports.
      And please, please, please: keep that Universal IR Remote function idea alive!!!

  • Kcls

    Sounds niceee!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000372600312 Joseph Pojunis

    Since when does Sony produce aesthetically pleasing mobile devices?

    • iboalali

      Since forever :P

    • Chris


      Sorry to let you know but you are a retard.

  • http://twitter.com/OpenIntro Eric Vaughan

    Nice to see Sony stepping it up a bit recently!

  • btod

    Hopefully they don't shoot themselves in the foot with pricing like they did last time...

  • PINJ

    Looks Very Good. Just Dont Make The Same Price To Quality Mistake You Made With The Tablet S

  • Isomorphic Algorithm

    I won't get another tablet until a foldable one comes along

    • mick

      Get Sony then.

    • http://cashd00d.co.cc/ WHAT?

      Then you'll want to pick up a Sony Tablet P, as it's the only one on the market.

  • Alexander Procter

    What do you guys think about this ? The N10 still isn't out here, and I'm beginning to think that even Google don't know when it will come out. I was hoping for a wifi only model but I may just get this.

  • Finaldeath

    Looks pretty nice, but after having nothing but problems getting wifi to connect and stay connected on my 1st gen tablet s i think i will pass on future sony tablets.

  • TechGuy21

    it will cost 499...and its gonna fail. i dont see any reasons of getting this over nexus 10

    • spigott

      I do. Google doesn't sell Nexus 10 all around the world, only in some countries. ;)

      • rob gray

        Cannot buy a n10 in New Zealand

        • spigott

          You're not alone :D

  • Chris Bozsik

    That is one sleek and sexy tablet O_O

  • Kamil RomaƄski

    So... What happened to magazine like shape? :-

    • Greg

      Well, one of them is in my family room and i love it.

    • http://cashd00d.co.cc/ WHAT?

      The "S" series will keep that shape, while the "Z" series will be as thin-and-light as possible. This is the same as the Xperia phone series and the VAIO notebook series.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Icuii Keith Earns

    No tegra 4 or next gen snapdragon, thought sony was trying to step it up? I must say, it's an attractive tablet, but I don't see much of a reason people would buy it over a n7, n10, or tf700. Sony is always issues hardware just before it becomes dated. It's also going to be rough powering that screen with such a thin tablet. My TF201 can handle being thin because it doesn't have much to drain the battery in terms of resolution. Once you step up the ppi, if battery size doesn't adjust as well - it takes a hit, just look at the TF700 as an example.

    • hot_spare

      one needs time to optimize drivers and software. T4 and next-gen qualcomm was just announced. maybe if they went for these SoC, they would be behind the schedule. also there is a matter of cost associated. S4 Pro is a very decent SoC. if priced correctly, don't see any problem with that.

  • Astrofrigo

    At last a company that doesn't laugh at us (looking at you, Samsung, with your 1280x720 tablets).

    • http://twitter.com/samoanbiscuit samoanbiscuit

      lolwut? Samsung makes 1280x800 tablets, and they also make the Nexus 10. Don't know what you're on about...

      • Astrofrigo

        They make the Nexus 10, I knew that before it was official. Google sells their Nexus 10, it's not a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (which sucks), neither any of the Galaxy Tabs. Makes any sense yet? Samsung cuts way too much in production costs and sells too high, it's all about profit to them. BTW, I'm the owner of a SGS3.

        • http://twitter.com/samoanbiscuit samoanbiscuit

          In many, many countries, Google does not sell the Nexus hardware, it's their OEM partners that do. Anyway, your original complaint about resolutions was wrong, Samsung doesn't sell 720p tablets, Samsung's Android tablets are all 16:10. Keep in mind that so far only Samsung and Apple have made production hardware with such high res tablet screens.
          You have a right to your opinion that Samsung hardware is cheap, but please back it up with actual facts.

          • Astrofrigo

            Um, first, sorry for the late reply. Now, I only said 1280x720 in a "generic" way, whether they're 1280x768, 1280x800 or any other variant, it's pretty much the same. And I also know about the OEM selling where Google doesn't, wow, the next time I'll make sure to clarify, explain and quote all the obvious sources so that nobody (YOU) gets butthurt.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Battery. Does this thing even have it? Not mentioned anywhere, and I suppose it's lower capacity than on Nexus 10.

  • http://twitter.com/vikramadityarai Vikramaditya

    I don't trust Sony one bit. Whenever it launches a beautiful product, the Zoiberg meme, "It's a trap!" comes to mind.

    • Diddly

      Zoiberg meme, "It's a trap!"


    • Goldenpins

      Admiral Ackbar's "It's a trap!" meme is from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

    • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

      your reference is bad and you should feel bad!

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Reason all these new tablets are running 4.1 instead of 4.2 is because google removed the tablet interface and i believe manufactures have some sense and don't want it removed. Should be interesting what happens once they do get a 4.2 update.

    • Usama Ahmad

      I thought the Nexus lines are using the " phone interface" but any OEM can enable the "honeycomb" interface?

      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        Nope, Google completely removed the tablet interface we know and love in Android 4.2

  • http://twitter.com/mike_freegan Mike

    Physically looks great, but the taskbar UI is a garish disaster.

    • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

      thankfully android makes things like that superficially easy to change

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001482286220 Karan Ocs



  • Daniel Wiggins

    These Sony devices aren't waterproof, only water resistant.

  • Nicky Echevarria