After a few attempts at cracking the tablet market that could only be described as quirky and eccentric, Sony seems ready to hit its first home run with the Xperia Tablet Z. This big guy is destined for greatness, breathing elegance, style and state of the art performance through all its pores.
But we all know there’s something else that can make or break an Android tab nowadays – pricing. And we have to admit things aren’t looking great for the Tab Z from this standpoint in the only country the 10-incher is available, which is Japan.
Europe is apparently the next stop in the slate’s road to glory, with UK confirmed to get it come April 12 for £399 and up. Meanwhile, the folks over at XperiaBlog have dug up listings all around the old continent, finding what they claim to be official prices in no less than 12 other countries.
The 16 GB, Wi-Fi only version will thus go for €499 in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Switzerland will get it the cheapest, at CHF 549 or €449. The tab will cost €519.99 in Finland and around €530 in Denmark, Norway and Sweden (DKK 3,999, NOK 3,999 and SEK 4,499).
The breakdown is similar for the 32 GB Wi-Fi model, which will sell for €549 across Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, a lower CHF 599 (€490) in Switzerland and a higher €590 in Finland, €610 (or NOK 4,599) in Norway, €617 (DKK 4,599) in Denmark and €618 (SEK 5,199) in Sweden.
Finally, the cheapest LTE-enabled Xperia Tablet Z with 16 GB of memory will be available in Switzerland (CHF 679, or €555), while the most expensive will be the Norwegian (€663), Finnish, Denmark (both at €670), Italian (€699) and Swedish versions (€713).
In between, we have Belgium, France and Netherlands, where the 4G Tab Z will be €629, Germany (€638.99), Portugal and Spain (both €649). We don’t have any exact release dates at this time, but the most likely ETA is mid-April across the board.
All things considered, has Sony hit the sweet pricing spot or will the Xperia Tablet Z need a little shaving to become the hit it is destined to be?
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Waaaay too expensive. Should not cost more than €150-250.
That is a brilliant piece of hard ware in a sexy body .. you cannot expect it to low.. the price they offered is well OK ..
Don’t fool yourself. Sony are being greedy, unlike Google and Amazon who offer their tablets at lower prices so ordinary people can afford them.
You don’t take the words “build quality” and “design” in to your mind, do you? Not only is the tablet the thinnest in the world, it comes with all sorts of functionality that cheap tablets don’t even dare to consider, such as waterproof. Do you think that level of engineering and hardware costs nothing?
Well tell that to the iSheep who pay ridiculous money for “build quality”, “design”, “engineering” and “hardware”. I’ll pay half the price for a Nexus 7 and spend the other half of my money on useful stuff, not “design” and “build quality” and waterproof rubbish.
You’re very confused, Google and Amazon only offer them at a lower price because they make the money off the content, not the hardware. It has nothing to do with Sony being greedy, the Yen being as high as it is, a price point like this is the only way they can make money. You’re also forgetting the difference in quality, which is a big plus. And to K. , no the Nexus 10 is not better, only part that’s better is the res, I don’t believe you actually own one because you’d be complaining how damned slow it is at that res.
I dont know why the hate but since you obviously are interested..
Thank god there are decent people like you!
The tablet is expensive but it is a good product. The price should have been around 400€. I just grabbed the Nexus 10 which has better specs and is cheaper and will receive updates earlier. I like Sony products but they should re-thinking there pricing. I just saw the price of the ZL phone and it is more expensive than the Galaxy S4 or the HTC One.
Launch dates in Netherlands is expected to be mid May.