Sony unveils waterproof Xperia Tablet Z, pre-orders available from O2

Firm claims new device is the world’s slimmest tablet
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Sony has announced that its new 10.1-inch Xperia Tablet Z will be released on May 30th.

The Japanese firm claims the new device is the world’s slimmest tablet. It measures 6.9mm thick, weighs just 495 grams and has the same water-resistant capabilities as the Sony Xperia Z smartphone.

The tablet runs Android 4.1.2 and is equipped with Qualcomm S4 Pro 1.5Ghz quad-core processor, 10.1-inch 1920x1200 touchscreen display, a 2GB RAM, 2MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear-facing one.

“Keeping with the promise to launch the Xperia Tablet Z in Q2 2013, Sony introduced the tablet extension of its flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia Z,” the company said in a media statement this morning.

“The Xperia Tablet Z is a game-changer in terms of its design and diversity of communication and entertainment offerings,” commented Kazutoyo Araki, General Manager, IT Marketing Division, Sony Middle East and Africa.

“From Sony’s innovative One-Touch technology to a slim, durable, waterproof exterior, the Xperia Tablet Z is an exemplary Android device that will help us remain a frontrunner in the industry. We know this from the incredible success of its predecessor, the Xperia Z, features of which have been seamlessly captured in the tablet.”

O2 has today begun accepting pre-orders for the device and is offering the most expensive LTE model ahead of its 4G rollout later this year. This means consumers will have to pay out £499.99 for the tablet before signing up for a data tariff.

O2 will ship orders on May 30th, as long as the device is ordered before 4pm on May 29th.

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