Sony intros Xperia Z tablet at MWC 2013
The Sony Xperia Z tablet challenges the iPad with high-end specs and integration with your home media center
Sony appears to have finally rolled out a highly compelling tablet with the introduction of the Sony Xperia Z here at Mobile World Congress 2013.
At just 6.9-millimeters thick, the Sony Xperia Z tablet is quite a svelte device when you consider that it has a 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 HD display. Of course, it's powered by the Sony Bravia Engine and you're looking at 224 pixels per inch.
The Sony Xperia Z tablet is powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, you get 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera in the back and a 2-megapixel camera in the front. You also get the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC, which is quickly becoming standard in Android tablets.
Oh yeah, the Xperia Z tablet will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sony's customized user interface on top. Look for it to sync and interact with Sony's multimedia services, as well. There's an infrared port on this, so you can turn it into a gigantic and touch-friendly remote control.
The tablet takes many design cues from the Xperia Z smartphone, as it's a sleek and stylish look. It's also dust proof and waterproof -- you can look forward to taking your tablet into the bath, if that's your thing.
The Sony Xperia Z tablet will be coming this spring and the pricing is expected to start at $499 for the 32GB version and the 64GB one will run you $599. That's about $100 cheaper than comparable versions of the iPad and it will be interesting to see if that's enough to help Sony stand out in this crowded field.