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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 robert5c on 1/21/2013 11:41:40 AM , Rating: 2
I can't agree that at 499 the ipad would be better.

first off, if (and i realize everything is a if right now)
but if, the sony is 499 with LTE and 32gb with 2gb ram like reported in another article; then it is vs the Ipad at $629.

add to it the fact its thinner, with a higher res screen and android that allows you more flexibility with all the multimedia and browsing consumption you would want and i would take the $230 savings easily.

we'll wait and see i guess, but if apple would only refresh their large ipad and make it thinner then the mini like sony has just done, that alone would give it enough praise in the media.

RE: Sweet.
By Nortel on 1/21/2013 11:51:56 AM , Rating: 2
10.1 Xperia is: 1920 x 1080
iPad 3/4 is: 2048 x 1536

iPad 4 with LTE and 32gb would be $729.

I'm very interested to see what the battery life will be on this Xperia given a 6000mah battery.

RE: Sweet.
By Nortel on 1/21/2013 12:06:18 PM , Rating: 2
Forgot to mention... iPad 4 has a 11,666mah battery vs the Xperia's 6000mah.

Sony cut down the weight and thickness by putting in a cell phone battery.

RE: Sweet.
By retrospooty on 1/21/2013 1:05:38 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, they really need to compete with the $399 Nexus 10. It has a better screen than both for less $.

RE: Sweet.
By SpartanJet on 1/21/2013 2:55:23 PM , Rating: 2
Have you actually owned a Nexus 10. On paper it might be better but between horrible light bleeding (returned 3 so far - 500 dollar "toys" should have a perfect screen) and throttling under heavy GPU load (like in games) make the cheaper price a non factor. I'd rather pay for quality.

RE: Sweet.
By retrospooty on 1/21/2013 3:33:30 PM , Rating: 2
I've played with a co-workers Nexus 10 and loved it. He never had any issue like that and I have read reviews. None mentioned it. I also did a search (on Yahoo not Google) for Nexus 10 throttling. It was not seen anywhere. One review mentions "possible" throttling (Anandtech)... But its not like it was a slouch. + it has the best res of any tablet on the market.

But I really wouldnt care. Games on any touchscreen suck way too much to play. When I have time for games, I use PC and PS3, so its moot to me.

RE: Sweet.
By Pirks on 1/21/2013 3:59:30 PM , Rating: 2
well, dead trigger is still fun although it's touch only. once you learn how to manipulate your thumbs quickly you start to enjoy it, quite a decent game to play once in while on a go, waiting for your kid near the school or wherever else you need to spend time in a line or something. too bad it's not on rt though :( emballmer suxxxx :(

RE: Sweet.
By retrospooty on 1/21/2013 4:06:52 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Sweet.
By Visual on 1/22/2013 6:37:00 AM , Rating: 2
Games on any touchscreen suck way too much to play.

There are a ton of small indie games that work especially well with touch, like "World of Goo" and such...
As for real games, I found Civilization 5, Heroes 4/5 etc, on my TM2 quite nice. The new X-Com is almost good for a tablet too, if you can get used to the scrolling... an active digitizer with hover functionality helps a ton here. For another genre example, Eve Online works great as well if you ignore the chat.

There is a huge potential in tablet gaming if developers start to pay more attention to it.

RE: Sweet.
By retrospooty on 1/21/2013 1:04:49 PM , Rating: 2
"first off, if (and i realize everything is a if right now)
but if, the sony is 499 with LTE and 32gb with 2gb ram like reported in another article; then it is vs the Ipad at $629."

That would be good... But I was assuming Sony would be $499 for the base Wifi model. Compared to the Nexus 10, for $399 its not so good.

RE: Sweet.
By Checkerflag121 on 1/21/2013 9:14:28 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, that's not quite accurate. If it does indeed have 32gb of onboard storage, and LTE, it will be competing with the 729 dollar ipad, which has a slower processor, a smaller screen, and an inferior camera, not to mention that it’s 4 millimeters thicker and susceptible to water damage. I think it's clear where the obvious advantage is, fanboys.

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