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10.1in super-slim Sony Xperia Tablet Z unveiled

Sony has begun 2013 with all guns blazing. The Japanese firm stole much of the limelight at CES in Las Vegas having pulled the cloak off its high-spec Xperia Z smartphone, and a counterpart for the tablet market has now been launched in the form of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z – which looks equally impressive at first glance.

Rumours had already been circulating about the device, which has now been unveiled in Japan. With details provided by Engadget, the Xperia Tablet Z sports a 10.1in 1,920 x 1,200 display (with Mobile Bravia Engine 2), a Qualcomm quad-core APQ8064 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

We also have an 8.1-megapixel Exmor R camera, a micro SD slot for storage expansion, LTE (MDM9215M radio) and NFC connectivity, ‘S-Force’ virtual surround sound technology, plus the added bonus of it being both waterproof and dustproof.

But what could be most significant of all is that these specs are packed into a super-svelte 6.9mm thick body that weighs just 496g, which, according to EnGadget, makes the Sony Xperia Tablet Z the lightest and thinnest 10in tab on the market.

We will keep you posted regarding prices and availability, and in the meantime look no further than ITProPortal for everything you need to know about its smartphone sibling, the Xperia Z, which has now been placed on on pre-order in some quarters.