Sony has announced a new tablet, but has disappointed its international fans by only doing so in Japan. Named the Xperia Tablet Z, it comes soon after the introduction of the Xperia Z, which caused a stir at CES 2013 by being the first 1080p, quad-core smartphone from the company.
Unlike the Sony Xperia Tablet S, which had a unique folded magazine page look, the new Xperia Tablet Z has a traditional slab-like design. The screen on the Xperia Tablet Z is 10.1-inches and has a resolution of 1920 x 1200, putting it just above 1080p. It’s also incredibly slim, measuring just 6.9mm, a figure which is lower even than the 7-inch iPad Mini.
Inside the tablet is a quad-core, 1.5GHz processor powering Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, however there’s no word on the amount of RAM or internal storage memory. The Tablet S is available with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of space, so there’s a good chance this is the same with the Xperia Tablet Z.
Other features include an 8.1-megapixel camera – which has Sony’s Exmor R sensor – NFC connectivity, S-Force surround sound speakers plus a water and dust proof chassis. It’ll also connect to 4G LTE networks, but it’s not clear whether there will be a Wi-Fi-only tablet offered at a cheaper price.
On the subject of pricing, Sony has declined to provide one at the moment, and hasn’t nailed down a release date either; saying only that the Xperia Tablet Z will be out in Japan during the spring. With Mobile World Congress starting next month, Sony is sure to have the new tablet on display, so we could hear more about an international release then.