Apple iPad has been the nr 1 tablet for several years when it comes to sold units (we’re talking about the high-end tablets, not the budget-friendly ones). There have been a few devices that were seen as able to steal the iPad title such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the Nexus 10, but they hasn’t been successful in their endeavor.
Recently, Sony released its own high-end tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z, which we’re not sure that will manage to beat the iPad, but it surely has great potential. The Sony Xperia Tablet Z packs all the necessary weapons to be an iPad killer like a nice design, an awesome screen, the best hardware there is, and the latest software. However, this is not enough, and Sony must have a good marketing strategy. The device must be made available for purchase as soon as possible and, most importantly, it needs to come at a decent price.
Nevertheless, that would be too good to be true. The Xperia Tablet Z is already available in the company’s home country, but unfortunately its price is a little bit too high. Also, the company seems to have some availability issues concerning the handset because many of the countries outside the Asian continent will receive the Xperia Tablet Z in another few months. And you Sony can’t sell more units than Apple if its product isn’t available yet.
However, things are looking different in the UK and the people eager to buy the tablet should be happy to hear the good news. And the news is that the online store of the Japanese manufacturer has just made the Sony Xperia Tablet Z available for pre-order in the UK. Sony estimates that all the customers who make their pre-order now will receive the tablet as of April 12.
The people in the UK are luckier than the Japanese when it comes to the price of the Xperia tablet Z as they will be able to get it at £399. This price is listed got the Wi-Fi variant with 16 GB of internal storage. It’s really a fair deal because if we are to compare with the similar version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which costs £380, the price difference is very small. Not to mention that the Xperia Tablet Z is a way better tablet than Samsung’s product.
The Xperia Tablet Z with 32 GB of internal storage and Wi-Fi only on the other hand, is listed at £449, VAT included. While there are no details about the pricing of the LTE 16 GB version, it is expected to cost around £500 or more. The 32 GB version of the Sony Xperia Z will be available in two color variants namely black and white, while the 16 GB Wi-Fi one can be pre-ordered only in black.
Moving on, Sony has confirmed another country that will receive the tablet, namely Canada, but the bad news is that the release date is not specified, Sony only saying that it will be available this summer.
Unfortunately there is bad news for the US possible customers, as well. While the Xperia Tablet Z was previously reported to come in May, it seems that it’s going to hit the US market in the summer too.
With these availability problems, I don’t see how the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is going to sell more units than the iPad. It looks like the battle is already lost. What do you guys think?