Sony’s latest Xperia Tablet Z has hit Japan, and is reportedly going to reach Europe soon. Folks stateside who are Sony Xperia fans might soon enjoy the Xperia Tablet Z, as Sony has already submitted the device for FCC scrutiny.
This particular filing is for the Wi-Fi only variant, which is the same entry-level model launched in Europe for €449 up (about $577), and is not the LTE-enabled Xperia Tablet Z that has debuted with NTT DoCoMo in Japan. If user manuals are your thing, you can also check the documentation out through the FCC link, although we’re sure nobody really reads the manual anymore these days. The very least that the manuals offer us — on top of the photos — is a confirmation of the submitted device.
To recall, the Xperia Tablet Z comes with a 10.1-inch display at 1920×1200 pixels. The tablet is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage on the low-end. Multimedia-wise, users can expect a 8.1 megapixel rear-facing camera, all in a 6.9 mm thin body. Of course, one main selling point of the Tablet Z will be its IP55-certified water resistance, meaning you won’t have to worry about using it while sipping coffee or iced tea.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z will ship with Jelly Bean and is expected to be priced at about $499 once it is approved for sale in the US market, a bit cheaper than its sales price in Europe and Japan. Sony is actually set to release the Tablet Z in Canada this Summer, so we could probably expect the device to launch in the US within the same time frame, if not earlier. As with earlier pieces on the Tablet Z, we think this device is potentially a solid contender in the 10-inch category, which sets it square against the full-sized iPad and the Nexus 10.
Perhaps what will make it even more attractive would be for Sony to release the LTE variant in the Americas, too. Hopefully, the prices will not be as exorbitant as those in Japan and EU.