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Recently, Japanese tech giant Sony sizzled the showgrounds of CES 2013 tech show with the launch of Xperia Z smartphone. Now, after a couple of leaks, Sony has unleashed the Xperia Z tablet.
Measuring 6.9 mm in thickness and weighing in at 495 grams, Xperia Z tablet carries the credit of being the thinnest tablet in the world. Tech experts believe that Xperia Z is a duo of the Xperia Z smartphone and a follow up to Xperia S Tablet announced at IFA 2012.
Moreover, as stated in the company press release, Xperia Z tablet is waterproof and dustproof as the smartphone. The Reality Display enables the representation of high-brightness and high-definition videos more vivid and beautuiful alongside the Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology.
Have a look at the key specifications of Xperia Z tablet below.
Dimensions & Weight: As mentioned above, Xperia Z tablet measures 6.9 mm in thickness and 495 grams in weight.
Display: When it comes to display, the tablet packs a 10.1 inch Reality Display with a full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Processor: The device comes loaded with 1.5GHz quad core processor under its hood.
Operating System: Sony has incorporated Xperia Z tablet with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. Hence, the tablet comes with Project Butter, improved Android notifications, Google Now and several other software features.
Camera: In terms of camera optics, Xperia Z tablet comes with 8MP Exynos R rear camera and 2MP front camera for video chatting.
Storage: The tablet comes with 32GB onboard storage, 2GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting expandable storage.
Connectivity: Sony tablet comes packed with connectivity features including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and LTE.
Battery: Xperia Z Tablet is powered by a 6,000 mAh battery of undisclosed backup.
The Sony Xperia Z tablet is preloaded with features including S-Force Front Surround 3D, Music Unlimited and PlayStation Mobile.
Price & Availability
As of now, the tablet has been launched only for the Japanese market. There is no official word on the price of the device and its availability in the other markets.
Xperia Z tablet - iPad 4 Competitor?
As far as the earlier Sony offerings in the tablet segment are concerned, the company has not been a deal breaker. However, considering the beefed up specs the waterproof and dustproof nature aesthetics of Xperia Z tablet, it is evident that latest Sony offering could be a tough challenger for iPad 4, which has been launched with Retina Display.
Detailing on the specifications of iPad 4, the tablet boasts a 9.7 inch LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology with 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution with the Retina Display technology, Apple A6X processor, iOS 6 operating system, 5MP iSight rear camera, 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera for video calling, 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, Lightning port, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and a 42.5 Whr Li-ion battery offering about 10 hours of backup.
As far as the Indian market is concerned, iPad 4 is priced at Rs 31,900 and Rs 39,900 for 16GB Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+Cellular, Rs 37,900 and Rs 45,900 for 32GB Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+Cellular and Rs 43,900 and Rs 51,900 for 64GB Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+Cellular models respectively.
If Sony decides to launch the tablet in India at a significantly lesser price than the iPad 4, Xperia Z tablet will definitely be a competitor to the fourth generation Apple tablet as it comes with a better display with Full HD resolution, faster quad core processor, better camera performance and NFC connectivity.