Sony has raised the curtain on its latest tablet challenger - the Xperia Tablet Z, as it gears up to throw down the gauntlet to Apple’s iPad.
Officially showcased Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Tablet Z is set to spearhead Sony’s 2013 line-up in the flourishing tablets market.
Billed as “intentionally premium”, the Tablet Z packs a notable spec sheet that includes a 1.5GHz quad core Snapdragon processor, a 10.1-inch Reality Display with an HD resolution (1920 x 1200) and Mobile Bravia Engine 2, and an Exmor R sensor-toting eight-megapixel primary shooter.
What’s really impressive about it though is that all that is crammed into a device that measures barely over a quarter of an inch thick (6.9mm) and weighs just 496g – making it the slimmest and lightest 10-inch tablet yet.
If that didn’t wow you, the Tablet Z is also water-resistant at one metre for up to 30 minutes.
Elsewhere, there is a front-facing two-megapixel HD camera, 2GB of RAM, sonic smarts courtesy of Sony's S-Force Surround 3D and ClearAudio+ technologies.
An array of connectivity options is also on board, such as screen mirroring, Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), DLNA, Wi-Fi, Micro SD, USB and Near Field Communication (NFC).
With Sony’s One-Touch NFC functions, you’ll be able to easily connect with and transfer data between the Tablet Z and other NFC-enabled devices, such as speakers, smartphones and other tablets.
There’s an infrared port too, enabling the tablet to be used as a remote control for compatible television sets.
Better still, the Tablet Z will come in a 4G LTE edition to allow owners to surf the web and download content at the blazing quick speeds offered by superfast network standard.
Sony has confirmed that the Xperia Tablet Z will be launching in the UK.
The base model with 16GB of onboard storage will retail for £399 for the Wi-Fi-only version and £499 for the Wi-Fi + LTE model.
Although a release date wasn’t forthcoming, expect the tablet to hit shop shelves by May. Stay tuned as we reveal more Tablet Z details in the weeks ahead.