Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Sony's waterproof Xperia Tablet Z is the thinnest, lightest 10-inch tablet yet.


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The Sony Xperia Tablet Z has been announced for US, European and Australian markets for release in Q2 this year. The Xperia is a 10.1-inch tablet, and features a quad-core Qualcomm processor. This is Sony's third large-form Android tablet in two years. While the previous entry had some technical issues, the Xperia Tablet Z has the potential to be the company's best tablet yet.

Very, very thin and awfully light

Sony claims the Xperia Tablet Z is the thinnest, lightest 10-inch tablet yet, and while we didn't have a chance to break out our scale or tape measure, it definitely felt incredibly light and looked really thin. Sony claimed that it has a 6.9mm profile, which is actually a hair or two thinner than the iPad Mini. Weight wise, it comes in at 495 grams. That's the lightest yet for a 10-inch tablet, and it's immediately apparent the moment it's in your hand, feeling almost as if Sony left out a few components (it didn't).

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The Xperia Tablet Z eschews the quirky asymmetrical design of its predecessors, opting instead for a more traditional, completely rectangular design. It's a glossy black tablet that, thanks to its plastic chassis, feels more fragile than the rubbery Nexus 10 and doesn't have the durable metal backside of the Xperia Tablet S.

A fully submersible tablet with thoughtful safeguards

The Xperia Tablet Z features three different ports on its body: the headphone jack, microSD slot (supporting up to 64GB cards) and MHL/micro-USB connection. All three include attached covers that function to seal the ports. While covering a headphone jack may seem a bit excessive, there's a good reason behind it. As long as those ports are covered, the Xperia Tablet Z is fully dunkable in up to 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes. This makes bathtub and kitchen use much more appealing.

Hardware features

The Xperia Tablet Z is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and includes 2GB of RAM, supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, MHL, NFC, a gyroscope, an accelerometer and has a GPS. It will ship with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) upgradeable to 4.2.

The screen is scratch resistant and delivers 1920x1200 pixels. Text looked extremely sharp, and the colours popped from the screen with a vibrancy seen only on the very best tablets.

(Credit: Eric Franklin/CNET)

The tablet houses an 8-megapixel back camera, and Sony has included several new software features not seen on the previous iterations. There's also a 2.2-megapixel camera on the front. Each camera takes advantage of Sony's low-light technology, Exmor R and Superior Auto, which optimises scenes to produce pictures with reduced noise.

The Xperia Tablet Z's built-in IR blaster allows it to also function as a universal remote, but its actual functionality hasn't changed much since we last saw it on the Xperia Tablet S.

First thoughts

After last year's relatively cheaper Xperia Tablet S, Sony once again embraces its premium lineage with the Tablet Z. The camera features are impressive, as are its CPU and screen clarity. While the waterproof feature is impressive, only a small percentage of users will ever make use of it.

(Credit: Eric Franklin/CNET)

The Xperia Tablet Z seems to be Sony finally getting it right. It's no iPad killer, but it makes a strong case for best full-size Android tablet yet. Of course, that determination will come once we've had more time to play with the device.

Via CNET.com



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"Light, excellent screen"

kuba2 posted a review   
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The Good:Fast

The Bad:lack of decent cover, bloody waterproof covers

Hi,

Bought my tablet two weeks ago. Very nice, but I have to complain about two or three things.

First - stupid design to get tablet waterproof. I am sick using my fingernails to open covers. Why SONY did not use solution from their waterproof cameras, like spring hinged covers.

Two - SONY vapourware, buying SONY product you thinks that provided video player will play mts or m2t video from my SONY camera. You are wrong. Get MX player to fix this omission.

Three - Week later I bought leather cover, very nice but useless. When tablet is kept on your lap, will slip and cover will fold. Maybe cheaper plastic cover will solve my problem.

Last - where is the charger for tablet. Not available yet in Ozland.

 

RidwanG posted a comment   

had arrived in Indonesia?

 

The Stav posted a comment   
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Ticks all the boxes for me. At the World Mobile Congress it won the 'best tablet' award.
Some reviewers have said 'why buy a tablet when you own a 5" smartphone? Maybe only if you have money to burn.
What to do with my 6 core, SSD (raid 0), gtx580 based PC if I purchase this tablet?. Equipment I spent $3,500 on only 2 years ago. Hmm!
A tablet is the ideal mobile all in one device. An e-reader, a productivity tool for business or educational use and great for movies, web browsing & now gaming, if that's what you're into.
The price for the Z tablet is the same as the phone for the 32GB model I believe, around $749. Good value for it's capability.
Can't wait to get my hands on one.




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  • kuba2

    kuba2

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    "Hi,

    Bought my tablet two weeks ago. Very nice, but I have to complain about two or three things.

    First - stupid design to get tablet waterproof. I am sick using my fingern..."

  • RidwanG

    RidwanG

    "had arrived in Indonesia?"

  • The Stav

    The Stav

    "Ticks all the boxes for me. At the World Mobile Congress it won the 'best tablet' award.
    Some reviewers have said 'why buy a tablet when you own a 5" smartphone? Maybe only if you have money ..."

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