Sony unveils Xperia Tablet Z

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Device, which Sony says will become the slimmest tablet available, to go on sale in Q2

Sony Mobile has unveiled the Xperia Tablet Z, which it claims will become the slimmest tablet currently available.

The device will go on sale later this quarter, following the manufacturer’s flagship smartphone for the year, the Xperia Z, which will be available from this Friday.

The Xperia Tablet Z, which is 6.9mm thick, initially runs off Android  4.1 Jelly Bean but will be upgradeable to Android 4.2. It will be available in black and white and in LTE and Wi-Fi versions.

It will bes powered by a 1.5GHZ quad-core processor and has a 10.1-inch screen that includes Mobile Bravia Engine 2 to enhance display quality.

It has an eight megapixel rear camera featuring Exmor R for mobile and a two megapixel front camera for video calling. There are two built-in speakers with Sony’s S-Force Front Surround Sound 3D included for improved audio.

The Xperia Tablet Z, which is dust and water resistent, comes with Battery Stamina mode, which the manufacturer said can significantly improve standby time. The Wi-Fi variant also offers up to 64GB of storage with a microSD card.

It also includes one-touch technology that enables users to transfer content seamlessly from tablet to TV, tablet to speaker or phone to tablet by touching them together.

A number of accessories will launch with the Xperia Tablet Z, including a charging cradle, screen protector and leather carrying case that comes in black, white or red.

Sony Mobile corporate VP, head of UX creative design and planning Kaz Tajima said: ”Xperia Tablet Z sets new standards in entertainment by matching premium specifications and Sony technology with cross-device connectivity and a consistent user-experience.

“Xperia Tablet Z reinforces our intention to be a leading player in the premium Android device market, by building on the principles established by Xperia Z and perfectly optimising them for the tablet form factor.”

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