Sony's Xperia Tablet Z, the tablet first announced for Japan about three months ago, and spotted again at MWC, is finally up for pre-order for those customers awaiting the device's US launch.

When we saw the Tablet Z in person at Mobile World Congress, its super thin, super light water/dust-resistant frame impressed. Its 1920x1200 10.1" display, S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and promised Android 4.2 base also sounded good on paper, but we concluded it could still be held back by two things: a 6000mAh battery, and a $500 price point for the 16GB model.

Sony announced the tablet's pre-order availability in a post to its official blog today, adding a new video featuring Dreyfus, Sony's loveable three-legged spokesdog.

Ignoring the fact that the Nexus 10 has a bigger battery, more pixel-packed display, and a more palatable price tag, Sony's latest tablet still looks like a pretty nice slab, and the inclusion of an SD slot certainly helps its case. By the way, if you pre-order the 32GB model in white (for $600), Sony will throw in a free cradle just like the one Dreyfus uses. A stylish accessory, it would usually cost about $45. To claim your Tablet Z, just hit the link below.

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