The only region where the latest Sony branded tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z, is available for purchase is Japan. But, the device is slowly heading towards other market and yesterday we told you how much it will cost in the European countries. It seems that those eager to buy the handset and live in the United States won’t have to wait for it much longer either because the company has submitted it for FCC scrutiny.
The first version of the Xperia Tablet Z that will be launched in the US will the Wi-Fi only one, the same model that was launched in Europe for around $577. Japan is the only country that the receive the 4G LTE version, at least for now. The FCC web page also offers the user manual of the Xperia Tablet Z, but I’m guessing that most of you know how to use a tablet. However, if any of you want to check it out you ca do it by accessing the FCC link HERE.
If Sony has a good marketing strategy it really has a chance to challenge the iPad’s supremacy when it comes to high-end tablets. Of course it depends on the price too, but in terms of technical specifications the Sony Xperia Tablet Z has all the means to success. In case you are not familiar with its specs, the Xperia Tablet Z comes packing a quality 10.1-inch screen with a pixel resolution of 1920 x 1200. The handset is underpinned by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon APQ8064 quad-core 1.5GHz Krait CPU, which is helped by an Adreno 320 GPU. The Xperia Tablet Z also comes with 2GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of on-board storage space, depending on the version. It has a primary 8.1 MP camera with autofocus and a 2.2 MP secondary one. Naturally, I have to mention another feature that will probably one of the main attractions of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, namely the fact that is water proof, which means that you don;t have to be too careful when you drink your beverage around it as spilling some on the tablet won’t cause any problems.
The Xperia Tablet Z will come running Android 4.1.2 right out of the box, but Sony has promised a software update that will bring the tablet to Android 4.2. After it gets the FCC approval and gets launched in the United States market, the device is expected to cost around $500. You may think that it’s a little expensive, but it’s actually cheaper than in Europe and Japan.
The company also plans to release the Xperia Tablet Z in Canada, as well. It hasn’t provided in exact release date, but mentioned that it will hit the market up north sometime this summer. With that in mind, we expect that the tablet to be launched in the US in that time period, as well.
Once again, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z could become a major player on the 10-inch segment, which is dominated Apple’s iPad and Google’s Nexus 10.
Also, it will be better if the Japanese company would launch the LTE-enabled version in North America too, but at a more decent price than in the European markets.