The quad-core device features LTE, NFC and advanced audio
Intel said that tablets would soon be considered PCs, and that the term “PC” would undergo a shift in meaning because of it, and Sony is definitely helping lead the world to that outcome.Granted, the company's newest tablet isn't one of the new models running Microsoft's Windows 8 (it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean), but everything else is as close to notebook-level hardware as it can get.
Like most “large” media tablets, the Xperia Tablet Z, as the product is called, has a display diagonal of 10.1 inches.
Since we are on the subject, the LCD itself boasts a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and is driven, along with the rest of the device, by a quad-core SoC (system-on-chip). The four ARM cores have a clock speed of 1.5 GHz each.
The video side of the equation is thus covered, but it so happens that Sony also paid special attention to audio.
Since Xperia Tablet Z was developed with media and entertainment in mind, the IT player implemented “S-Force Front Surround 3D.”
Sony says that it allows the tablet to convey the movement of sound, along with broadcasting the feeling that the user is in a spacious area.
The last asset that Sony focused on was photo and video capture. However strange it may be to shoot photos and record films with a 10.1-inch tablet, Sony wanted to make sure it was not only doable, but desirable.
To that end, there is an 8-megapixel camera at the back, complete with a backside-illuminated sensor. The first tablet to have something like this.
All this hardware, along with NFC (near field communication) and LTE (long-term evolution broadband, basically 4G) is packed inside a frame with a thickness of 6.9 mm / 0.27 inches. On that note, the device weight is of 495 grams / 1.09 pounds. For the sake of comparison, Apple's iPad is 7.2mm-thick (0.28 inches).
Sony is promoting the Xperia Tablet Z as the thinnest and lightest 10.1-inch tablet yet. No word on the price, and only Japan will receive the slate this spring. Every other region still has to wait.