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Sony decided it will focus only on high-end smartphones going forward and it may be doing the same in tablets if the new Xperia Tablet Z is any indication.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Earlier this month, Sony said it would focus on high-end smartphones and now it appears to be targeting the same market for tablets. On Monday, the company introduced the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, a large Android slate with full high-definition touchscreen and high performing internals. So how does it stand out from the crowded tablet market? The new Tablet Z is just 6.9 millimeters thick.

For those that value a thin device, here’s how Sony’s tablet compares to Apple’s market-leading slates. The current iPad is 9.4 millimeters in thickness while the iPad mini is 7.2 millimeters. The Xperia Tablet Z is lightweight as well, tipping the scales at 495 grams. That’s favorable compared to the iPad’s 652 gram weight; not to shabby when you consider the iPad uses a 9.7-inch display v. the 10.1-inches Sony is using.

That screen is full high-definition as well: 1920 x 1200 resolution using Sony’s Mobile Bravia 2 display engine. It’s like a portable high-definition television in terms of specifications. Other components include a backlit 8.1 megapixel Exmor R sensor, LTE support, NFC chip, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.1. Sony says the new tablet will come to the Japan market first, but there are no details on price or availability in other countries.

Hardware specs aside, Sony would be wise to remember that software is just as important, if not more so, than what’s inside a tablet. To that end, I expect the new Xperia Tablet Z to compete more against other Android tablets than Apple’s line of iPads.

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  1. lol just about all tablets are thinner than the ipad ,from Transformer Prime to Nexus 10, Apple had to make it bulky with the high res screen.
    Sony here ,most likely, went with in-cell touch,they were the first to have it in phones about a year ago so they most likely managed to get decent yields for bigger screens by now. This does mean others will follow and it enables bigger tablets to become more usable.

  2. Sony has again impressed their fans. This excellently designed tablet has got everything – First of all its bigger in size. its a 10.1 inch tablet, where most of the tablets in the market are 7 inches. second its lighter then everyone else and hence slimmer then everyone else to. Then it got its Bravia Display which is really very impressive. This will be a very nice addition to the tablet market and add diversity on the upper end of the Android platform.

    If you want to get more background about the tablet market you may find the Uniqloud tablet market overview insightful.

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