Sony has launched the water resistant Xperia Tablet Z for the entire world at the annual Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona. The Xperia Tablet Z is claimed to be the thinnest tablet to date, measuring just 6.9mm thin. Apple’s iPad Mini, on the other hand, clocks in at 7.2mm. The tablet is also resilient against water; it can be immersed in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
The Android-powered device offers a 10.1-inch WUXGA Reality Display with 1920×1200 resolution, which “enables the representation of high-brightness and high-definition video” along with its Bravia technology that presents a “vivid image”.
The tablet is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro chip and also supports 4G wireless Internet connections as well as NFC technology. It’s also equipped with an 8.1MP camera on the rear with a CMOS sensor for recognizing when the user is in the dark, as well as a 2MP HD camera on the front.
The device comes pre-loaded with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. However, Sony said the Xperia Tablet Z will be upgradable to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean pretty soon after launch. It includes Sony’s Near Field Communication (NFC) One-Touch functions which allow users to transfer content among compatible devices, including audio, video and images, from tablet to TV, tablet to speaker or phone to tablet just by touching them together.
The tablet will be available in black and white colored models when it is released in the second quarter this year. While the 16GB version will cost you $499, the 32GB will be available for $599.