The Xperia Tablet Z, a water and dust resistant tablet from Sony, has been launched in India. Announced earlier at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the tablet claims to be the slimmest of them all, just 6.9 mm thick. It weighs 495 grams.
The tablet features a 10.1-inch display with 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution and Mobile BRAVIA (Best Resolution Audio Visual Integrated Architecture) engine. Running Android Jelly Bean (v4.1 and upgradable to v4.2), it is powered by the1.5Ghz quad core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro) and 2GB RAM. The tablet also has an 8 MP rear camera featuring Exmor R for mobile, and a 2MP HD front camera. Connectivity options onboard include Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and 3G. It has an internal storage of 16GB with a memory card slot expandable up to 64GB. Sony is also bundling a 16GB memory card with the tablet. The tablet packs in a 6000 mAh battery.
'Water resistant' means the tablet can remain completely submerged in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes without any damage, claims Sony. Thus it can be used with wet hands or even in the rain. There are a few pre-loaded apps. Some of them include Universal IR remote; the Sony music app which gives access to 1.5 million international Bollywood songs from the Sony label for six months; the Sony LIV where one can watch 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' and 'Indian Idol live' on the tablet and the X4 video player, which can play up to four videos together on a single screen. One double click and the viewer can see any of the videos full screen.
Unlike Samsung, Sony has not been very active in the tablet segment so far. Till date, the company has released only two tablet computers - the tablet S and the tablet P. At Rs 46,990, it has priced this tablet on a higher side, considering most of the brands today are launching them at competitive prices.