The Xperia Tablet Z (right) was announced today. Meanwhile, the Xperia Z smartphone (left) is now available from global mobile retailers.

Mobile tech announcements are pouring out of the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, including Sony’s latest news on its Xperia line. Previously only confirmed for Japan, Sony made the Xperia Tablet Z official at MWC; we'll hope to get our hands on it some time this week as part of our continuing coverage of the massive mobile show in Spain. 

Sony makes claims that the Xperia Tablet Z is the thinnest and lightest tablet on the market—measuring in at only 6.9mm deep and 495g (about 1.1 pounds). The 10.1-inch tablet has a 1920x1200p display and an 8-megapixel camera. It runs a Snapdragon quad-core processor and offers up to 64GB of storage.

The tablet's smaller counterpart, the 13MP Xperia Z smartphone is also now officially available from global retailers. We got a hands-on with the Xperia Z in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

From Sony’s press release:

Xperia Tablet Z is the most premium, high performance 10.1”  Android tablet available. Built from quality materials and featuring the same stunning OmniBalance design as its smartphone sibling, Xperia Tablet Z is also incredibly slim and lightweight at 6.9mm and 495g. Available in black or white and in LTE and WiFi versions, it is the first tablet to run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon™ S4 Pro asynchronous quad core processor and has the highest levels of water resistance (IP55 & IP57) ever delivered in a tablet, making it immune to accidental spills and splashes.

”Xperia Tablet Z sets new standards in entertainment by matching premium specifications and Sony technology with cross-device connectivity and a consistent user-experience,” said Kaz Tajima, Corporate Vice President, Head of UX Creative Design and Planning, at Sony Mobile Communications. “Xperia Tablet Z reinforces our intention to be a leading player in the premium Android device market, by building on the principles established by Xperia Z and perfectly optimising them for the tablet form factor.”

Integrated Sony Technology

Xperia Tablet Z includes the very best of Sony technology. With a 10.1” HD WUXGA Display, powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, it delivers enhanced colour reproduction for a brilliant TV-like viewing experience. It also draws upon Sony’s camera expertise with an 8MP rear camera featuring “Exmor R for mobile” as well as a 2MP HD front-facing camera for capturing the best images in any condition. Sony’s S-Force Front Surround 3D, guarantees soul-shaking audio performance alongside Sony’s Clear Audio+ mode and the innovative use of two in-built speakers with four ‘speaker halls’ on the left and right corners delivers amazing sound no matter how it is held. Xperia Tablet Z also includes Battery STAMINA mode, Sony’s unique battery management technology that can significantly improve standby time. The WiFi variant also offers up to 64GB of storage with an optional microSD card. 

Xperia Tablet Z Headline Specs

  • 10.1” screen
  • HD 1920x1200p WUXGA display
  • Dust and water resistant
  • Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • 1.5 GHz asynchronous quad CPUs
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8 MP rear camera
  • 2MP HD front camera
  • Android 4.1 operating system