MWC 2013: Sony Xperia Tablet Z Release Date and Price are May for $499

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Sony had a shy presence on the tablet segment with its Xperia Tablet S, but the Japan-based company wants to try its luck once more with Sony Tablet Z, officially introduced at MWC 2013, just a couple of weeks after it was exclusively launched on the Japanese market.

In order to have the spotlight on an already-crowded 10-inch tablet market, Sony is betting on a case that it’s only 6.9 mm thin, making Xperia Tablet Z in the thinnest tablet in the world. Sony Xperia Tablet Z is also light, weighing only 495 grams, while being dust proof and capable of resisting in 1 meter-deep waters for up to 30 minutes.

The rumors that surfaced in January were confirmed and Sony Xperia Tablet Z is equipped with a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200, packed with Sony’s proprietary Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology, while the hardware platform is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, the same unit that underpins the Xperia Z smartphone launched at CES 2013.

The Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, comes with quad-core Krait CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz, Adreno 320 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, expandable courtesy of the microSD card support.

Surprisingly enough for a tablet, Sony Xperia Tablet Z has a primary camera with an 8 megapixel Exmor R sensor and full HD video recording capabilities, while the front-facing 2 megapixel camera has HD video recording support, ideal for video calls.

In terms of connectivity, Sony Xperia Tablet Z comes with WiFi and NFC, but Sony’s press release is not mentioning anything about 3G or 4G connections, which is a sign that the international model will be WiFi-only, even though the Japanese variant has LTE support.

The new tablet also comes with anĀ infraredĀ port and with the help of the TV SideView app the Xperia Tablet Z can be used as a remote control, but I don’t know how many of the customers will be attracted by this features, especially because the “remote control” will be a bit too big.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, but the Japan-based tablet maker claims that an update to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will be available soon after the tablet hits the market this spring.

Promoted as a premium tablet, Sony Xperia Tablet Z will have a price tag matching Apple’s iPad 4: $499 for the 16 GB model, and $599 for the 32 GB variant. With prices so high, will the Xperia Tablet Z be able to bite a big chunk of Apple’s tablet market share?

  • rahilpirani

    I’m not sure if the Experia tablet Z can succeed in the US with such a high price tag at launch (take a look at what happened with the BB Playbook)… Even if they took the pre-order price down to say $449 they would have a better shot at capturing market share… I have a ipad 2 right now, but after seeing this tablet I’m excited to make the switch… But the price tag along with the cost of switching platforms (having to purchase apps for android) is what will hold me back!