The Sony Xperia Tablet Z, which was originally announced at CES 2013 alongside the Sony Xperia Z smartphone, has been re-launched at Mobile World Congress 2013 only this time, Sony has attached a release date window to the Sony Xperia Tablet Z announcing that it will be touching down globally at some point during the second quarter of this year.
Back in January, Sony announced the Sony Xperia Z smartphone and alongside it, the Xperia Tablet Z, a device that the company hopes will present a challenge to the iPad, iPad mini and the Nexus tablets from Google. However, at the event, the company only seemed to pledge support for the device in Japan.
That led many customers to wonder about whether or not it would be coming to other markets. Sony has announced some good news in that the Sony Xperia Tablet Z will be coming to the global market in the second quarter of this year. The second quarter of course encompasses April, May and June which means we will see a release by the end of June.
Sony isn’t saying exactly where the tablet will launch but Europe and the U.S. are included. However, what we don’t know is whether or not it will be coming to the United States or not, at least in LTE form.
The device will evidently be coming in Wi-Fi only and a 16GB Wi-Fi only model will cost $499 while a 32GB model will run for $599. Sony did not say whether an LTE model would be coming to the U.S.
Sony’s other LTE device, the Sony Xperia Z smartphone, has not yet made it to the U.S.. The lack of an Xperia Z launch isn’t a death knell for the Xperia Tablet Z LTE in the U.S. but it certainly doesn’t instill any confidence in consumers who are interested in Sony’s new slate.
The Xperia Tablet Z will come with some high-end specs including a 10.1-inch 1920 X 1200 full HD display, quad-core processor, a back-side illuminated rear 8-megapixel camera sensor, which is geared for low-light photography. The tablet will also support 4G LTE networks as well as NFC capabilities.
It’s also extremely slim boasting a design that is only a mere 6.9mm thin,