Sony Unveils Xperia Z Tablet and Smartphone
Sony unveiled a string of new products today, positioning the company to disrupt the smartphone and tablet markets in a big way. The Xperia Tablet Z is a bright new contender in the 10-inch tablet market while the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra is poised to compete in the high-end smartphone market.
Going up against Apple and Samsung to compete in the tablet market isn’t easy, but with the release of the brand new Xperia Tablet Z, Sony is proving it might be possible. The Xperia Tablet Z is the thinnest tablet in the 10-inch class, at slightly over ¼ of an inch. It has a slick black design and “smart, practical hardware,” including a 1.5 gHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. A 1920x1200 display, water and dustproof body, and NFC integration stand out among its features. Gamers will also enjoy the Playstation Mobile application, which lets them take some of their favorite PS games on the go.
Meanwhile, the Xperia Z Ultra is making a splash in the smartphone market. With a 5.5-inch screen, it’s a little larger than ideal for one-handed operation, so it’s fair to call this one a phablet. The Xperia Z Ultra is earning largely positive early reviews for its “minimalistic, stylish appeal” and “impressive guts under the hood.” Powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor, the Xperia Z has a 1920x1080 display and runs on Android’s Jelly Bean OS. Like the Xperia Tablet Z, it’s waterproof and ultra-thin for its class, coming in under ¼ of an inch.
Just to put a cherry on top, Sony also unveiled the SmartWatch 2, touted as the first smart watch with NFC capability. The SmartWatch 2 is an upgrade on the original SmartWatch, connecting to Android smartphones using Bluetooth so you can make calls and check your notifications.