Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z, one of the sexiest Android tablets we’ve ever seen, will come to the United States in May at a base price of $500.
The new tablet shows that Sony is trying to make a new plea with consumers and show it can offer high-quality premium products like Apple and Samsung. But in the Android tablet realm, not even Samsung has been able to make a real dent against Apple’s iPad or cheaper counterparts. The only two Android-based tablets that have done well in any sense are Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7 — but they are much less expensive than the iPad. Why Sony thinks it can win with a $500 Android tablet is a bit of a mystery.
At the very least, the Xperia Tablet Z features an impressive set of specs. It has a 10.1-inch screen with 1,920-by-1,200-pixel resolution, a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core processor, NFC, LTE, and an 8.1-megapixel camera. The device runs Android 4.1, weighs 17.4 ounces, and measures 6.9mm thick. That last spec is particularly impressive and makes it one the thinnest tablets ever.
The Xperia Tablet Z is also waterproof — to a point. Sony claims it can be submerged in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
While we know the Tablet Z will hit the U.S. in May, we don’t have an exact date just yet. Sony will match the iPad’s pricing strategy to a fault with a $500 16GB model and $600 32GB version, both in black. The tablet will also come in white at some point.
Xperia Tablet Z via Sony