Five months after announcement of the last Sony tablet, the Xperia Tablet S, we may finally be soon seeing a new model.
The new tablet is rumoured to be called the Xperia Tablet Z
matching the name of the Sony Xperia Z and ZL smartphones that were announced last week in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electornics Show.
The new tablet looks to have some impressive if not revolutionary specifications, but with a few unique features that could it give it an advantage in the competitive Android market.
The story starts with the tablet’s 10.1″ display, a slight increase over the 9.4″ screen that we saw on the S. The new screen is not only larger – it’s also considerably more pixel dense, at a Full HD capable 1920 x 1200 resolution. It’s not quite the Google Nexus 10’s 2560 x 1600 screen, but it’s still a worthy upgrade over the 1280 x 800 predecessor.
That’s the same CPU as the one used in the Xperia Z, and the two devices also share 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The tablet’s power demands are taken care of by a 6,000 mAh battery, which is a little smaller than the Nexus 10 but allows a thinner frame – as we’ll see later.
Connectivity is fairly good for the tablet class, as least on the wireless front. We’ve got support for LTE data, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi N. No physical connectors were specified, but we’re unlikely to be amiss in suspecting micro HDMI and micro USB here.
Photographic options are also quite good for the tablet class in keeping with Sony’s strong traditions in this area, with an 8 megapixel rear-facer and a 2.2 megapixel unit on the front.
The physical design is where the Tablet Z will likely try to differentiate itself from other Android offers. The chassis is just 6.9 millimetres thick – only about half a millimetre thicker than the world’s thinnest 5″ smartphone and nearly 2 millimetres thinner than the Tablet S or the Nexus 10.
The tablet is also certified with IP5X protection against dust and water, which again is also the case for the Sony Xperia Z phone. That should add up to an impressive tablet.
The Tablet Z is expected to launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which indicates that we should see this tablet announced and even released quite soon – if it were to be released later, we’d expect Android 4.2 or even Android 5.
With the Mobile World Conference on the horizon next month and Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo rumoured to be launching the device, we should definitely hear more about this tablet fairly soon.
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