Sony’s Xperia Z Tablet is a great Android based tablet. We’ve seen benchmarks and tons of pics, and the only missing pieces of the puzzle were the pricing and availability information, and now we have that information too. It should be noted that Sony is branding this tablet as a premium product, so don’t expect it to go light on your wallet.
According to Sony, the device will be made available in Q2 of 2013, and so far we know the pricing for US models only. In the US, the device will be available in both white and black, and customers can choose between two storage flavors – 16GB and 32GB. The WiFi-only model will carry a price tag of $500 for the 16GB and $600 for the 32GB, which is on the costlier side even when considering the 1920×1200 display, 8MP rear camera, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and its waterproof nature. Sony is also said to be working on a LTE model, but it’s designed for Europe and no pricing info is available for that at this moment.
As far as the device itself goes, it happens to be the thinnest and lightest on the market, at least among the 10 inch class. The Xperia Tablet Z weighs just over pound (1.09 pounds to be precise) and at .27 inches, it is a little over a quarter of an inch thick. To put this into perspective, the 9.7-inch iPad measures .37 inches thick and weighs 1.44 pounds. The device of course feels super light and the design has a simple and minimalistic approach which gives the device a premium feeling. Also, the design is in line with designs of Xperia Z and ZL smartphones which were recently announced.
The Xperia Tablet Z boots Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box and will be upgraded to 4.2 after launch. Running the show is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz processor with 2 GB RAM. A microSD card slot allows up to 64GB of expandable memory. The tablet device is equipped with two cameras. The 8-megapixel camera on the rear is capable of doing 1080p HD video recording and makes use of Sony’s proprietary camera technology – an Exmor R for Mobile image sensor with Burst mode and Sweep panorama capabilities. The front-facing camera is a 2.2-megapixels unit.
The Xperia Tablet Z is of course a great device, but the pricing is a bit costly. This device effectively replaces Sony’s Xperia Tablet S which was recalled by the company last year citing the gap between the screen and hardware as the issue. The gap apparently allowed water to seep in and destroy the hardware, though the device was marketed as “splash-proof.” This year, the executives immersed the tablet in a small fish tank in order to demonstrate the device’s water proof capability and prove that they have fixed the issue they were facing last time around. What are your thoughts on Xperia Tablet Z? Would you consider buying this device? Let us know using the comment form below.