Finally, Sony has announced the Xperia Z Tablet on Wednesday this week and the Sony's biggest tablet bet is already up for pre-order on Infibeam.com and Flipkart.com in India at a price of Rs 44,990. The Sony Xperia Tablet Z was first announced in January 2013 alongside Xperia Z and ZL smartphones.
Reportedly, Sony never confirmed the estimated 4.6 million sales of the Xperia Z phone, but the Japanese tech vendor said that Xperia Tablet Z's will be just as impressive. Both in terms of hardware and design, this much-anticipated 1080p tablet is the larger brother to the Xperia Z smartphone.
The 32GB Wi-Fi only Xperia Tablet Z has been listed in Infibeam at Rs. 44,990 and has stated that the tablet will be available from June 3, 2013 and Flipkart.com on the other hand has listed a 16GB 3G version for the same price. Both Flipkart and Infibeam are offering a free leather case with the purchase of this tablet.
Sony Xperia tablet Z has a vast number of tablets to compete with and which are already in the market. Considering the price range, this tablet may well compete with the Apple 64GB iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd Generation) which is available in India on Flipkart at Rs. 39,120. Apart from similar pricing, below is thee slideshow, which will take you through the contrasting features between the two.
Xperia Tablet Z vs iPad 4: Display
The Xperia Tablet Z sports a 10.1-inch screen with full-HD that gives a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. On the back it is supported by BRAVIA Engine 2 and has features like Screenshot Capturing, Wide Colour Gamut, Wake Up Mode, Pinch-to-Zoom, Water Resistant, Dust Proof, Shatter-proof Sheet, Multi-touch (Upto 10 Fingers Supported) and Gesture Input. The iPad on the other hand has 9.7 inch LCD Assistive Touchscreen with 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution with Retina Display, LED Backlit Multi-Touch Display with IPS Technology, 264 Pixels per Inch (ppi), Fingerprint-resistant Oleo-phobic Coating Over the Display. The iPad has the better display but lesser screen size but the Xperia Tablet Z has a capability to resist water and it is shatter proof and dust proof which makes the tablet more worth choosing.
Xperia Tablet Z vs iPad 4: OS and Processor
The iPad uses the iOS 5 Operating System whereas the Sony Tablet Z runs on the latest Android version - 4.1 Jelly Bean platform. In India there is a very high number of people who use Android devices because of the availability of the rich Android market. Thus this is another point which can make Sony Tablet more popular and can also rival with Samsung Tablets.
Talking about the processor iPad runs on Dual Core A5X whereas the Xperia Tablet Z runs on 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad Core which means it will be faster performance-wise.
Xperia Tablet Z vs iPad 4: Storage
The iPad has offers options ranging from 16, 32 and 64 GB built in storage capacity which lacks external memory card slot. Sony Xperia Tablet Z on the other hand has internal storage capacity of 16 GB that can be enhanced by 32GB with external microSD card. The Xperia Tablet Z comes with 2GB of RAM where as iPad has a lower 1GB RAM.
Xperia Tablet Z vs iPad 4: Connectivity
iPad 3G comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, USB connection to a computer or for easy attachment of an SD card reader, USB or HDMI where as the Xperia supports DLNA Support, USB Tethering, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, HDMI via MHL Support, HDCP, PC Companion, Bluetooth and Xperia Link. Both have GPRS, Edge. Xperia Tablet Z is a SIM GSM device that also supports 2G, 3G. 3G is something that may add another important attribute to the tablet, thus Sony may have the upperhand in the connectivity.
Xperia Tablet Z vs iPad 4: Camera
The Wi-Fi+Cellular iPad sports a 5 MP iSight camera which can shoot videos in full HD. You can make video calls over Wi-Fi or the mobile network while enjoying superb clarity with the 1.2 MP FaceTime HD camera. On the other hand Xperia Tablet Z has 8 MP primary camera which is capable of Full HD recording and comes with Exmor RS technology. It is capable of Fast Capture. The Secondary 2 MP camera is capable of Full HD video chats with Exmor RS technology. The main camera comes with Superior Auto HDR as well. It seems that the Sony Xperia Tablet Z has the best of it packed in this device. This tablet obviously has the best of the camera.
Xperia Tablet Z vs iPad 4: Battery
Xperia Tablet Z is powered by a massive 6000 mAh battery which gives a solid stamina to the device, even on 3G modes, But the iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular has the upper hand on this one, as it is powered by a Standard Li-Polymer 11,560 mAh battery that supports up to 10 hours of internet browsing on the Wi-Fi network and up to 9 hours on the mobile data network. When it comes to gaming the iPad supports up to 10 hours of playtime.
Xperia Tablet Z vs iPad 4: Conclusion
Other than that the major USP of the tablet, Sony Xperia Tablet Z is currently one of the the slimmest tablets with 6.9mm thick body which weighs 495 grams. It will be available in Black and White colour options like iPad. With the above comparison, there is a high chance of Sony Xperia Tablet Z to beat the Apple's iPad 4 based on the form factor and advance mobile operating system. Further, Sony has provided the best of the specs to this tablet including the protection from dust and water that it has be packing on all its device. The Xperia Tablet has the higher processor better RAM and also beats iPad with its 8MP rear camera and 2MP front facing snapper.