Sony Mobile is to launch the Xperia Tablet Z in the UK in Q2. The tablet's arrival in the UK will closely follow the launch of the Xperia Z smartphone, which lands in stores on 1 March.
The move sees the manufacturer up its drive to deliver converged products and services.
The tablet has been hailed as Sony's first serious contender in the tablet market, following the launch of the Sony S and Sony P tablets last year.
The Xperia tablet Z aims to support Sony’s One Sony strategy, which aims to provide a suite of converged products and services across Sony smartphones, tablets, laptops and TVs.
Xperia Tablet Z is a 10.1” LTE Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) tablet which features the same OmniBalance design as the Xperia Z smartphone.
The tablet is 6.9mm thin and weighs just 495g. It will be available in black or white and in LTE and WiFi versions. It is the first tablet to run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro asynchronous quad core processor and has a high level of water resistance.
Kaz Tajima, corporate VP, head of UX creative design and planning at Sony Mobile Communications, 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.’
Xperia Tablet Z includes a 10.1” HD WUXGA Display, powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. It delivers enhanced colour reproduction, giving a brilliant TV-like viewing experience. It also draws upon Sony’s camera expertise with an 8MP rear camera featuring “Exmor R for mobile”, as well as a 2MP HD front-facing camera for capturing the best images in any condition.
Sony’s S-Force Front Surround 3D guarantees high quality audio performance alongside Sony’s Clear Audio+ mode, and the innovative use of two in-built speakers with four ‘speaker halls’ on the left and right corners, which guarantees sound whichever way it is held.
Xperia Tablet Z also includes Battery STAMINA mode, Sony’s unique battery management technology that can significantly improve standby time. The WiFi variant also offers up to 64GB of storage with an optional mircoSD card.
Xperia Tablet Z includes a range of connectivity options and Sony’s One-Touch functions that let users transfer content seamlessly from HD tablet to TV, tablet to speaker or phone to tablet just by touching them together.
One-touch functions are a key component of Sony’s device range this year, and Sony claims no other consumer electronics company is bringing as many NFC-enabled products to market.
The tablet’s Universal IR Remote allows users to control the TV and other Sony devices - as well as products from other manufacturers - directly from the tablet as part of Sony’s strategy to target the home. TV SideView is a new application that gives users an entirely new way to interact with the TV.
Sony’s signature media applications - “WALKMAN”, Movies and Album - allow users to enjoy, control and view content regardless of their device. The Sony Entertainment Network can also be accessed from these applications and includes Music Unlimited, with more than 18 million songs and Facebook social integration, as well as Video Unlimited with access to over 100,000 movies and TV series.
Xperia Tablet Z will launch with a number of accessories including a charging cradle, an LCD screen protector and leather carrying cover that comes in black, white or red. These will be available from Sony stores or registered retailers.
Xperia Tablet Z will launch on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and is upgradable to 4.2 after launch for the latest Android user experience.
Key features include:
- 10.1” HD 1920x1200p WUXGA Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
- S-Force Front Surround 3D
- The world's thinnest design at 6.9 mm and lightweight at 495g for 10.1” water resistant tablet
- Dust and water resistant (IP55 & IP57) with a durable glass front display
- Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz asynchronous quad CPUs and 2GB RAM
- One-touch connectivity with Near Field Communication (NFC)
- A unique OmniBalance design with subtly rounded edges and smooth reflective surfaces
- 8 MP rear camera featuring “Exmor R for mobile” and Superior Auto plus 2MP HD front camera
- Battery STAMINA mode further improves the standby time