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Sony goes official with its latest Android tablet

Sony in Japan today officially announced Sony’s new Xperia Tablet Z tablet. The tablet is tipped to enter the Japanese market this spring and promises to be semi-rugged.

The tablet promises to be waterproof and dustproof while being impressively thin at 6.9 mm thick (thinner than the anorexic iPad mini). Sony also says the tablet is light at about 495 g. The Tablet Z will have a 10.1-inch screen sporting WUXGA resolution using the Mobile Bravia Engine 2 for high-quality images.

The new tablet will have an 8.1 megapixel camera using an Exmor R CMOS sensor. The fancy camera on the tablet is able to automatically recognize the scene and adjust exposures automatically so they come out with high quality in dark. The camera also has an Auto Low Premium feature that selects optimal settings automatically for the best images in dark environments.

The Xperia Tablet Z features S-Force Front Surround 3-D virtual sound technology, and has integrated Near Field Communication technology allowing users to share photos and video with other Xperia smartphone and tablet users at the touch of a button. This NFC transport feature can also be used to share music.

Other hardware features of the tablet include Android 4.1 and a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor. The tablet also has integrated LTE technology and will be available in black or white colors. Pricing is unannounced at this time.
Sony also recently revealed its gorgeous Xperia Z smartphone which features a 5” 1080p display.

Sources: Sony, Engadget

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RE: Sweet.
By Nortel on 1/21/2013 11:25:25 AM , Rating: 2
I see it this way as well. Waterproof is something they are heavily touting, not a little extra feature. A waterproof camera is great at the beach or the pool but I don't see a plausible use-case for a waterproof tablet. If this comes out at the same price point as the iPad, it's already dead in the water (har har).

RE: Sweet.
By GulWestfale on 1/21/2013 12:12:51 PM , Rating: 4
if you had little children you'd see the point. my nephew managed to break a blackberry (with drool lol), cracked an ipad screen, and spills juice over something at least once a week. then again, parents who let 3 year olds play with $500 toys are just slightly retarded.

RE: Sweet.
By SPOOFE on 1/21/2013 4:13:46 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see a plausible use-case for a waterproof tablet.

I'd watch shows while in the shower, but that's not worth $500 to me.

RE: Sweet.
By Breathless on 1/22/2013 9:40:47 AM , Rating: 3
That would be awesome actually...

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