Sony Xperia Tablet Z Available to Pre-order for $500

Paul Lilly

There's no thinner 10.1-inch tablet, according to Sony.

Sony's wedge-shaped Xperia Tablet S didn't exactly take the Android tablet market by storm, and truth be told, we don't think the Xperia Tablet Z will either, though it's an interesting slate. The Xperia Tablet Z, which is now available to pre-order for $500 on Sony's website, is supposedly the world's thinnest 10.1-inch slate measuring just 0.27 inches thick and weighing barely more than a pound (1.09 pounds, to be precise).

In addition to being thin and light, the Z model is also water and dust resistant. Sony claims it can withstand up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes, so you can look up recipes by the kitchen sink or surf the web poolside without worrying about a little bit of water splashing the screen.

At $500, Sony's charging a premium price at a time when Android tablets are becoming increasingly affordable. In return, the Xperia Tablet Z offers a Full HD 1080p (1920x1200) resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage flanked by a microSD card slot, USB 2.0 connectivity, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC support, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

By all means, it's a high-end slate that will likely find some eager buyers, we just don't know if there's a significant market for $500 Android tablets right now. We'll soon find out.

Shipments for the Xperia Tablet Z are estimated to begin May 22, 2013.

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