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Sony Xperia Tablet Z video hands-on

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Sony Xperia Tablet Z

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is Sony’s flagship tablet for 2013, and we checked it out in person at MWC 2013, where it launched.

With eye-catching calling card of being the thinnest and lightest 10.1-inch tablet to date, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z was one of the most important launches of the show.

In hand the tablet feels seriously slim. It’s under 7mm thick, and is unmistakeably very thin and very light. At a shade under 500g, it’s 100g lighter than most 10-inch tablets.

Its edges are pretty severe, though – the Sony Xperia Tablet Z doesn’t have hand-hugging curves. It also feels a little bit vulnerable, a bit like an iPad without a case in tow.

Design is clearly very important to the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. But, surprisingly enough, it offers weatherproofing too.

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z can survive being dunked in water, making it a perfect tablet to watch a film on while in the bath. If you want to see the tablet getting dunked, check out the hands-on video below.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Specs

Its other specs are up there with the best currently available, aside from the camera, which has an 8.1-megapixel sensor when 13-megapixel ones are common nowadays. However, in our opinion a rear camera is one of the least important parts of any large tablet. Or any tablet, really.

Using the Sony Xperia Tablet Z for taking photos, or “playing” augmented reality apps will make you look ridiculous.

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z has a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon Krait processor, 16GB or 32GB of internal memory and a microSD slot. This makes it commendably flexible as a portable media player.

Its screen will do justice to any vid you throw at it too. It’s a 1,920 x 1,200 pixel Bravia 2 Engine 10.1-inch display. The Bravia 2 tag is essentially marketing, but to our eyes the Sony Xperia Tablet Z screen looks like a good-quality IPS-style panel – the type used by the majority of decent tablets.

It all comes at a decent price too. The Sony Xperia Tablet Z starts at £399, making it a direct competitor to the Retina iPad. However, if you want the 3G/4G edition you’ll have to pay an extra hundred quid.

Is this Sony’s best tablet yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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