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MWC: Sony announces UK release of waterproof Xperia Tablet Z

What the firm claims is the world's thinnest and lightest 10.1in tablet
Mon Feb 25 2013, 12:32

JAPANESE ELECTRONICS FIRM Sony launched its water resistant Xperia Tablet Z in the UK today, announcing at MWC that it will release the tablet in the second quarter.

Revealing the news at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Sony claimed the Xperia Tablet Z is the world's thinnest tablet, measuring just 6.9mm thin and weighing 495g. Like its smartphone equivalent, it's also resilient against water and dust.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia Z smartphone are waterproof

Sony said that the Xperia Tablet Z has a 10.1in WUXGA Reality Display with 1920x1200 resolution, which "enables the representation of high-brightness and high-definition video" along with its Bravia technology that presents a "vivid image".

Powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, the Xperia Tablet Z supports 4G wireless internet connections as well as NFC technology. It's also equipped with an 8.1MP camera on the rear with a CMOS sensor for recognising when the user is in the dark, as well as a 2MP HD camera on the front.

Sony said that the tablet will launch with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system but will be upgradable to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean some time after launch.

The tablet comes equipped with Sony's NFC content sharing feature One Touch, which enables wireless streaming of photos and music between devices without accessing complicated menus by simply touching them together.

Though the Japanese firm did not announce a specific release date, Sony did say that the tablet will come in black and white coloured models when it is released sometime in the second quarter this year.

Sony also announced that its Xperia Z smartphone will hit shop shelves worldwide from today. µ


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