Sony announced today the launch of the Xperia Tablet Z, a premium 10.1" Android that joins the company's flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z, in offering consumers premium specifications with the best of Sony technology, entertainment, design and connectivity.
Xperia Tablet Z is built from quality materials and featuring the same OmniBalance design as the Xperia Z smartphone. The company says Xperia Tablet Z is also the slimmest 10.1" tablet in the world at 6.9 mm and lightweight at 495 grams.
It is the first tablet to run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro asynchronous quad core processor and has the highest levels of water resistance (IP55 & IP57) ever seen in a tablet, making it immersible in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
"Xperia Tablet Z sets new standards in entertainment by matching premium specifications and Sony technology with cross-device connectivity and a consistent user-experience," said Kaz Tajima, corporate vice president, head of UX creative design and planning, at Sony Mobile Communications. "Xperia Tablet Z reinforces our intention to be a leading player in the premium Android device market, by building on the principles established by Xperia Z and perfectly optimizing them for the tablet form factor."
With a 10.1" 1920x1200p full-HD Reality Display, powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, it delivers enhanced color reproduction for a TV-like viewing experience.
By offering the widest spectrum of color on any tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z provides a vivid, life-like display. It also draws upon Sony's camera expertise with an 8MP HD rear camera featuring the Exmor R for Mobile image sensor and a 2 MP HD front-facing camera for capturing images in any condition, including low light.
Xperia Tablet Z is available in a WiFi version in the US and includes Sony's Near Field Communication (NFC) One-Touch functions which allow users to transfer content among compatible devices, including audio, video and images, seamlessly from tablet to TV, tablet to speaker or phone to tablet just by touching them together. One-Touch functions are a key component of Sony's device range this year.
The tablet's Universal IR Remote allows users to control their TV and other Sony devices - as well as products from other manufacturers - directly from the tablet. Additionally, TV SideView is a new application, available from the Google Play store, that gives users an entirely new way to interact with the TV, by discovering content via the interactive and visual TV guide, changing channels, sharing with your social networks and cross-search other TV application listings like Netflix, Video Unlimited and YouTube in your home network for additional content.
"The living room continues to be the number one location for tablet usage in the US. Consumers are using their tablet as a second-screen companion while watching TV, which is why we packed the Xperia Tablet Z with more connectivity options than any other tablet on the market," said Phil Lubell, vice president of networked technologies and services at Sony Electronics. "The Xperia Tablet Z makes it easier than ever to connect, share and discover content across all your devices in the home."
Xperia Tablet Z will launch on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and is upgradable to 4.2 after launch for the latest Android user experience.
The Xperia Tablet Z will be available in the USA in a 16 GB and 32 GB version and will be sold at Sony Stores, including online for about US$499 and US$599 respectively. A white 32 GB version will be available as well.