MWC 2013: Sony Releases Quad-Core Xperia Tablet Z

The 9.6 mm-thick device has only been up for sale in Japan until now

By on February 25th, 2013 08:38 GMT

This week will be a week of tablets, as the Mobile World Congress, 2013 Edition, has finally started (February 25-28). Sony, as one might guess, is present at the show, launching things like the Xperia Tablet Z.

Some may be quick to note that it is incorrect to say Sony is releasing the tablet. After all, the device was released in Japan last month.

On the other hand, the tablet has only been available in the Country of the Rising Sun so far. This is why the presence of the slate at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, is such a big deal.

It also exposes some information that was previously unknown, like the MHL (mobile high-definition link technology), top storage capacity expansion via microSD card (64 GB instead of 32) and DLNA (protected video content can be played and streamed).

For those who want the full rundown of the specifications, Sony's Xperia Tablet Z relies on a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU (central processing unit), with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz.

2 GB of RAM back it up (random access memory) while 16 GB or 32 GB of integrated NAND Flash storage holds the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system and whatever else users copy and/or install on it.

It bears pointing out that there will even be a 64 GB option, for the Wi-Fi-only tablet, in the United States.

When the microSD card slot comes into play, that leads to a potential top capacity of 128 GB, which is no small feat.

Moving on, the Xperia Z has two cameras: one of 2 megapixels on the front (video calls and such) and one of 8.1 megapixels at the back (photo and video capture).

As for the display, it is a 10.1-inch LCD with a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels and, of course, multi-touch support.

Other specs of the Sony Xperia Z include NFC, PlayStation Certification, four speakers, and a black or white case.

Sales will begin in May, for the price of $499 / 499 Euro (16 GB), $599 / 599 Euro (32 GB). The 64 GB slate ETA and price were not disclosed.

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