The slim Xperia Tablet Z is just 6.9mm (0.27 inches) thick, which the company says was verified as the thinnest 10-inch tablet at the time of the announcement. The Xperia Tablet Z is also lightweight, coming in at just 495 grams (1.09 lbs).
That’s pretty skinny, compared with the thinnest 10-inch tablets on the market: the Toshiba Excite 10 LE is .30 inches and 1.12 lbs; the Asus Transformer Prime TF201 is 0.32 inches and 1.32 lbs; the iPad 2 is 0.34 inches and 1.34 lbs; the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 0.34 inches and 1.24 lbs.
The Xperia Tablet Z is also the first tablet to run on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Pro asynchronous quad core processor, and boasts impressive water resistance: you can immerse it into up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes (why you’d need to do this, I don’t know…but I bet people had fun testing that).
Other features include a 10.1” full-HD 1920x1200p Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, an 8MP HD rear camera with Exmor® R for Mobile image sensor, a 2 MP HD front-facing camera, Sony’s S-Force Front Surround 3D, Sony’s Clear Audio+ mode, Battery STAMINA mode for improved power management and a microSD card slot that allows up to 64GB of expandable storage. Xperia Tablet Z will launch on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and is upgradable to 4.2 after launch.
The Xperia Tablet Z comes in black in 16 GB ($499) and 32 GB ($599) versions and will be available this Spring. You can also get a white 32 GB version exclusively at Sony Stores and Sony’s website.