Sony Japan has just announced a brand spanking new tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z. Not exactly the most interesting product name, but let’s ignore that for a second. It has a 10.1 inch screen that pushes 1920 x 1200 pixels, there’s a quad core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm chip in there, which means there’s 4G LTE support, and it even has an 8.1 megapixel camera. What makes this device really special is the thickness, just 6.9 mm. That’s thinner than Apple’s ultra thin iPad mini at 7.2 millimeters. Does that mean the Tablet Z packs a tiny battery? Possibly, but we can’t confirm or deny that since there was no battery specification provided.
Will this piece of kit ever land in the United States or Europe? Hard to say, but the press release is in Japanese, so it makes you wonder. Would we recommend this over our current favorite large screen Android tablet, the Nexus 10?
Not really. There’s something to be said about Samsung’s ultra high resolution 2560 x 1600 display. Not only that, but it also runs stock Android, which means it’s going to get updates faster. Oh and how can we forget about the two ARM Cortex A15 cores inside the Nexus 10! They’re definitely zippier than four Qualcomm Krait cores.
Why did Sony announce this tablet? We honestly have no idea. Android tablets are popular in certain parts of the world, but not big ones. People seem to love the 7 inch form factor because it’s more portable, easier to hold, and more importantly there’s the cost factor.
How much do you think Sony’s Tablet Z is going to cost when it launches? 300 EUR? Nope. 400 EUR? Maybe. 500 EUR? Probably. And who in their right mind would spend that much on an Android tablet?