Sony's water-resistant Xperia Tablet Z is thinner than iPad mini

The former top dog of electronics is poised to make a huge comeback this year. Sony's new Xperia Tablet Z is everything its Xperia Tablet S should have been: super thin, super light and beverage-proof, with pretty respectable specs, too.

The Xperia Tablet Z is (or will be) the world's thinnest 10-inch tablet at 6.9mm thick and is the world's lightest tablet at 495 grams, making it thinner and lighter than Apple's 7.9-inch iPad mini. But just because the Xperia Tablet Z is thin and light, doesn't mean it skimps on hardware: the tablet runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and has a 10.1-inch touchscreen with a killer 1920 x 1200 resolution, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 6,000 mAh battery, 8.1-megapixel rear cam and 2.2-megapixel front cam. The Xperia Tablet Z also has a full suite of ports and connectivity including 4G LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and a microSD card slot.

The unique magazine "curl" design hallmark on the Xperia Tablet S and original Tablet S is gone and won't be missed. In its place is a slick all-glass front and rear chassis that can be submerged in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The Xperia Tablet Z is also dustproof.

Sony will be selling the Xperia Tablet Z in black and white, but it hasn't yet announced any specific details on pricing or availability. With Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Spain coming up next month, everything should clear up.

Via The Independent

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