Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos and videos

by XB on 22nd January 2013

in Hands On, Sony Tablet, Videos, Xperia - Japan Models

We thought we’d share some hands-on photos and videos of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z (SO-03E), following today’s launch event in Japan. This really is a sleek and beautiful tablet and one of the most desirable on the market, in our view.

It looks just as good in real life, perhaps even better, than the rendered press pictures we brought you earlier. Fingers crossed, we hope to see a global release for the Xperia Tablet Z, in the meantime feast your eyes on the photos and videos below.

Xperia tablet Z: Hands-on videos

Xperia tablet Z: Hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

Xperia Tablet Z hands-on photos

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  • Lust. A whole lotta lust for the thing.

  • Moisis Xperia

    poooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo SE ASPRO EINAI KLAMAAAAAA

  • SonyFan

    BEAUTIFUL *_________*

  • xperiausaplease

    nice – sony please please bring this and xperia Z to USA!!!!!

  • mohammad1233214

    Soon i well buy the. XPERIA Z and this tablet and I’ll have the ultimate tech

  • Xperia


  • jake

    Best part. REAL TABLET UI

  • Xlash Andraid

    This is clearly best than any laptop around… Well, not in the hardware part but the design. Just beautiful.

  • Looks really great. But as far as I am concerned I cannot find a use for a tablet. Laptop and smartfone cover all my mobile needs.

  • wtf

    fap,fap,fap :D

  • Xlash Andraid

    In my personal experience, reading on a tablet is more comfortable than on a laptop. Also, a tablet is kinda easier to carry on. Of course, a tablet will never replace a laptop in other activities such designing, handling big data bases, programming, playing full HD 1080p videos, etc.

    My concept is: a laptop is ideal for working wireless in your home, office or building, and a tablet is perfect for going to a restaurant, coffee shop or even a park to have a relax time and also staying in touch. The smartphone however is needed obviously for calling, sms, browsing the internet, taking a pic, checking facebook/twitter etc. but when we’re driving, running, walking on the street, on the bus etc. and don’t have the time and the space to use a tablet or a laptop.

  • Probably the most beautiful tablet out there :)

  • mountain

    Sony, I hate you! Now all the accessories I bought for my Xperia Tablet S is wasted after 2 months!

  • xionsky

    Such beauty…..

  • a very sexy tablet.. darn.. global please! :D

  • Nezar

    Sony, what’s the point of making a tablet (or smarphone) with a white back and black front? Look at the white new Huawei D2 or white Galaxy 3 or white iPhone: They look sleek and classier but still simple, because of the “uniformity” in the colors. You did it right with the old white X10… so what happened now???

  • m sacha

    is this the worlds sexiest tablet?

  • PRo

    White color looks sexy…… <3

  • hamboy

    Why? Just because a new gadget comes out, doesn’t mean your old ones are dead.

  • Viorel Mardari

    That is one “sexy mother….er” :). These days Sony tech. is like drugs :D, you can’t get enough of it.

  • loken

    Anyone else want Xperia Tablet ZL? haha the size is like a nexus 7 and no bezels at all! perfect match with zl

  • Steve Blows Jobz
  • Bobukiha

    400 quid I expect, might as well buy a Nexus 10 for less.

  • Asa

    OneSeg. Japanese people watch TV on their mobile devices, they need that antenna for it lol.

  • Faizal Mohd
  • Steve Blows Jobz

    So I thought it’s some kind of Japan-only feature. Glad it will not be there on the global version.

  • amol khedkar

    Its the most sexy tablet ever……>

  • surethom

    Please bring to UK, love the infrared port aswell, universal remote. Hope it does also have Miracast wireless display?

  • surethom

    I agree, I wish companies would make put all charging/connecting ports in the same place so there accessories would fit future devices. This is where Apple is King, I have so so so many docks gathering dust from past devices

  • boosook

    It’s simply awseome, now let’s hope it won’t take months to be available.

  • ProWeirdo

    It makes no sense, why only in ???

  • Kriidz

    hey, Xperia 4 or Xperia HuaShan, specification leaked here
    in china language


    I’m sorry for my bad english

  • dereknobuyuki

    Didn’t get a chance to check out the devices in person because of meetings but it looks like I don’t need to go a shoot some more video of these devices hands-on. Anyone want more video is the above video sufficient?

    Anyone want me to check anything specifically and report back here? If so, let me know in the next 8 hours; Thanks.

  • dereknobuyuki

    Keep in mind that you only need the antenna when you are watching one-seg TV or NotTV TV (that is terrestrial digital broadcasting). If you live near the radio towers or are not using the one-seg or notTV at the time, then you keep the antennas hidden away inside the device!

  • Squall Charlson

    Apple is king? They JUST threw out their old standard charging port with the release of iPhone5 and iPad mini. Future releases will follow the smaller charging port.

  • Herman

    I can’t wait to use this in the bathtub, or under the shower!

  • Herman

    Yes. Yes it is.

  • Steve Blows Jobz

    Yes but after how many years of using the old one? It’s ok to do it ones a decade but when every new model is not compatible with older docks – it’s a fuck up to say the least

  • Redux7

    I concur coming from a WP7 & 8 adapter

  • Well, I have a rather small laptop (12″ screen) and it is light enough. Of course, to carry around tablet would be more conveniet, but tablet cannot do for me what the laptop does. So it is laptop for me. All the mobile stuff (e-mail, twitter etc) I can do with my Sola (which is buggy as hell unfortunately). As a consequence, I don’t need a tablet.

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  • dereknobuyuki

    My impressions hands on with the Xperia Tablet Z for Docomo

    My hands on impression for the Z smartphone are on that page

    Some of my photos from the hands-on are here on google+

    First of all, for my basis of comparison, I have a Galaxy 10.1 and Nexus 7 for use on a daily basis and I have spent a lot of hands-on time with a number of other devices of various platform (although I am predominantly an Android developer over other platforms)

    1.) First impression

    Wow! The Xperia Z far exceeded my expectations with respects to design. I’d seen pictures and I sat the the whole Docomo press event but this device is far more amazing in person.

    2.) Build Quality

    Feels like premium build quality enough so that it makes me wonder if it’s going priced far higher than competing products. The devices on display on not final hardware builds nor software builds, but I was quite happy with its quality.

    The backside was smooth but textured. I prefer this over a glass back since you typically use the backside to grip the device with typically only the thumb gripping from the front side.

    The front side is glossy glass design that feels decent. It does, of course, attract a lot of fingerprints.

    3.) Design

    As much as people moaned and lamented Sony Mobile moving from Europe to Japan, this is an obvious product of dramatically increased communication and collaboration between product teams. Most readers probably know that previous Android tablets from the Sony Group were vastly different teams in different countries from most of the smartphone development (at least that’s the impression we got from press releases, interviews, and other PR materials).

    In the end, this is a great thing. We have a single unifying vision for both the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z. Not only do these products have a lot of features to allow you to use them together (and to encourage us to buy both of them — 2 more LTE data plans – ouch!) but these product share the same unique accents such as the power button.

    This device is really thin but feels good in the hand. The front bezel is a good size for holding on to the device when reading/watching media/etc.

    In the end, this device looks great and feels great but still makes me wonder about the price. Without touching the device, it might be hard to stand out in a crowded field of higher-end tablets in the market in Japan, but taking a closer look and you can feel how “premium” of a device it is.

    4.) Performance

    Visually, things look great on Tablet Z with it’s 1920×1200 WUXGA display with Bravia Engine 2 running. As I wrote in the Xperia Z smartphone hands-on comments, this means adding dynamic contrast optimization (up to 30 frame per second) and I hate to admit it, but it does look better than the first generation Bravia Engine on my Xperia GX but a lot better than anything graphically on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Nexus 7.

    I’m not sure what kind of SoC is in docomo variant of this device is has to be at least an S4. I didn’t have any trouble. I’m not sure how this device will fair enough others for 3D benchmarking especially if pushing a 1920×1200 pixel display but performance should be good. I wouldn’t count on it being the king, but it should still be really good and good in so many other ways.

    5.) Services, etc.

    A lot of users in some countries hate services as they hate their carriers. Many believe that carriers have become irrelevant and should be nothing but pipes for data connectivity (simply just network operators). Docomo is constantly trying really hard to be far far more than a pipe and to a large extent, I think they succeed. The Xperia Tablet Z will integrate very well with a huge number of services including video streaming, music streaming, music purchase, app, book, comic, anime, and shopping through the carrier’s services in addition to supporting one-seg digital terrestrially broadcast TV service, NotTV TV service, as well as support connectivity technology such as MHL, DLNA, and are currently awaiting MiraCast certification. Then, you had Sony Services on top of carrier and other 3rd party services for Sony music, sony videos/movies, Sony Playstation Mobile store, etc.

    This device was made to consume services and it allows users to do that extremely well and easily.

    6.) The rest

    The Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z have some new and improved walkman experience features but I couldn’t tell the difference with the walkman features on my Xperia GX.

    There are all kinds of NFC options for NFC-bluetooth pairing, and special NFC interactions between the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z (that I hope they also release for other Xperia smartphones) however, the Xperia Tablet Z has a more limited set of NFC functions over that of the smartphone or some other NFC enabled tablets. It does not support the ubiquitous Sony FeliCa NFC standard but it’s not really intended to be used for things like mobile payments or cashing in coupons at McDonalds (Arguably the biggest use of NFC/FeliCa on a smartphone/featurephone in Japan)

    Next, the antenna. If you look at the side-view photos of the power button side, you can see where the antenna is. I couldn’t get the antenna out since it does not stick out at all from the edge of the device. People concerned about the antenna being in the way, a nuisance, or looking bad can rest assured that it is barely noticeable most of the time. For FM radio reception, you wouldn’t even use the antenna since that usually uses the headphone wire an an antenna.

    Finally, the camera. This has an Exmor R mobile camera while the Xperia Z smartphone has the new Exmor RS mobile camera with enhanced lowlight performance — BUT, this is a tablet and taking photos on a tablet is rare enough to not warrant increasing the cost of the device for a camera.


    I like this device; It’s a well-built, well-designed, quality, premium device with a lot of great features and service integration.

    There were two Tablets announced by Docomo this week and those two devices are clearly better than any other devices in Docomo’s tablet line-up. The Xperia Tablet Z will be the best tablet they offer to the premium space and the dTab (Docomo branded Huawei Built all with with a next to nothing price tag) will occupy the entry level space.

    Finally, a waterproof (IPX5/7) tablet that doesn’t feel several generations out of date!

    My ONLY concern with this device will be its price tag which we’ll know soon enough.

  • dereknobuyuki

    PS: I’ll add that the Xperia Tablet Z is probably the most impression product from the Sony Group ever (in my opinion, in my experience). Although that super thin and compact Walkman cassette player ( i think in the 80s) was pretty awesome.

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