Rumors are gathering that Sony has another tablet in the works, and it could be related to its new Xperia Z smartphone range, and not just in name. The Xperia Z and Xperia ZL were announced during CES 2013, and quickly became the standout smartphone releases of the show. The tablet/smartphone hybrid represents not only Sony’s first adventure into the 5-inch, full HD market, but also the first time it has used a quad-core processor in one of its devices.
The news of Sony’s next Z project comes from a Google+ account, which is written in Japanese, detailing an Xperia Tablet Z. According to the leaked specification, the device will have a 10.1-inch screen and boast a 1920 x 1200 resolution, taking it above the Xperia Z’s 1080p pixel count.
Having now got the taste for quad-core power, Sony will use another Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chip to power the Tablet Z. A Twitter account under the name of @Xperia_Info has filled in some of the blanks at this stage, stating the tablet will also have 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage memory.
Sony will add an 8-megapixel camera to the rear of the tablet and provide a 2.2-megapixel video call camera on the front, plus in the same way as the Xperia Z phone, the tablet will have IPX5 and IPX7 certification, so it’ll be water and dust proof. It’ll also come loaded with NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 6000mAh battery. If the dimensions provided are accurate, the whole device will be a mere 6.9mm thick and although there are no images of the Xperia Tablet Z, we’d expect the design to be similar to the phone too.
Talk of a new Sony tablet comes soon after the Xperia Tablet S made its return to stores, after being withdrawn last year due to its splash-proof body not being as splash-proof as advertised. Perhaps a new model is exactly what it needs to banish that rather embarrassing ghost.
At this stage though, the Xperia Tablet Z is nothing but a rumor, and with no indication of when it could arrive, it may stay this way for a while.