Sony’s newest device up for pre-order in the Xperia Tablet Z. The tablet is the thinnest and lightest one to date at 0.27 inch and 1.09 pounds, making it thinner than the iPad mini.
Sporting a 1920×1200 display, the new tablet comes with a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 processor, 2GB of RAM, and NFC abilities. The Xperia Tablet Z has an 8.1 megapixel Exmor R rear camera along with a 2 megapixel camera in front. The screen will make use of Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA engine which will allow for color management, noise reduction, and other features. It also supports wi-fi and Bluetooth and comes with a gyroscope, GPS, and an accelerometer. The Xperia Z also delivers LTE functionality, HDMI through MHL.
On the software end of things, the Xperia Tablet Z will ship with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and feature an IR blaster baked in so that it can serve as a universal remote. It features the standards such as FM Radio and video streaming, but it’s also PlayStation Certified and comes with the Sony Entertainment Network in some markets.
Other pluses to note is that this thin tablet will be waterproof, dustproof, and scratch resistant. For those wondering, yes, it does allow for microSD cards. Certain models allow for it to go up to 32GB and others up to 64GB.
The tablet comes in black at $499.99 for the 16GB version while the 32GB will come in black or white at $599.99. Pre-orders will see a free charging cradle, so it might be worth ordering ahead of time to take advantage of that as it will be priced at $44.99. If you’re interested in the Xperia Tablet Z, it will ship May 24.