Whilst the Sony Xperia Tablet Z was officially announced yesterday, it was announced for NTT DoCoMo earlier today. The Xperia Tablet Z (SO-03E) is expected to launch in the middle of March in Japan, pricing remains a mystery for now. The tablet will launch in both black and white colours.
The Xperia Tablet Z adopts the OmniBalance design as seen in the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL smartphones, it also sports the signature aluminium power button. The tablet has a lightweight fibreglass reinforced back panel with steel-like properties according to the company. It also has a couple of exposed pins on the chassis, so that it can be used with a dock without removing port flaps.
The specifications are the same as we saw yesterday. The Xperia Tablet Z has a 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200) OptiContrast display with Bravia Engine 2, a APQ8064 Snapdragon chipset (1.5GHz quad-core processor and Adreno 320 graphics), a water/dust resistant chassis (IPX5/7 certified) and is just 6.9mm in thickness, weighing 495g. It runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
Specific Japanese features include a One Seg tuner and the latest POBox Touch 6.0 Japanese conversion engine optimised for tablets (the Xperia Z (SO-02E) smartphone has POBox Touch 5.4).
It is interesting to note that the Xperia Tablet Z does not come with an infra-red sensor. [Update - It seems like it does have an infra-red sensor, despite the fact that it is ommitted from the official spec sheet.]
Other confirmed features include 32GB storage, 2GB RAM, microSDXC memory card slot, 6000mAh battery, a back-illuminated 8.1MP Exmor R camera, a 2.2MP front-facing Exmor R camera, S-FORCE Front Surround 3D (surround sound), NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and LTE. There is no word on a global launch, but perhaps we’ll hear some positive news on this at MWC next month.
Xperia Tablet Z (SO-03E) Promo Video
Xperia Tablet Z (SO-03E) Press Pictures
Xperia Tablet Z (SO-03E) About Screen
Via Sony Mobile Japan.