We first used the Sony Xperia Tablet Z at MWC 2013 where we were awestruck by its slim chassis, Full HD display and water resistance. You can image our glee when one landed in our office ready for an unboxing video and review.
We’ve already posted our Tablet Z first-look, so check that out for a dip into the UI and specs, and for anyone out there interested in what’s on offer inside the box, watch the unboxing below.
So what’s actually in (and on) the box? Sony keeps it all simple with a clean exterior, an image and logo on the front and key specs on the back. Open it up and it’s all about the tablet. Encased in loose plastic, face up it’s a striking sheet of tech. Once unwrapped, there’s a sticky back plastic screen protector just asking to be peeled off and a power button to the right itching to be pressed.
Under the tablet, you’ll find all the paperwork generally associated with tabs and phones – warranty card, quick start guide etc, along with a wall charger and micro-USB cable for data and charging.
From the Xperia Tablet Z itself, you can expect amongst the best design we’ve seen in a mobile device.
Trading in metal construction and chunky girth for a rich fibreglass backing, the tab weighs just 495g. With the 6.9mm thin body, picking it up for the first time is one of those rare wow moments; a design that easily trumps any tablet out there.
What makes the consdtruction all the more impressive is its IP57 certification. This translates to water and dust resistance, so the Xperia Tablet Z can play back movies in the bath and sit pretty on the poolside without a care in the world.
The Full HD display and pixel density of 224 pixels per inch also make the Xperia Tablet Z premium in terms of resolution. With Sony’s Mobila Bravia Engine 2 and OptiContrast tech, it promises bold, vibrant colours and deep blacks, though you’ll have to wait for our full review to get the final verdict.
While we would have liked to see Qualcomm’s newest 600 processor inside, the quad-core Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1.5GHz shouldn’t be sniffed at, especially given the 2GB RAM inside. This means the Xperia Tablet Z will play back HD content without breaking a sweat and should handle all the 3D games you can throw its way.
Available in both 3G and LTE versions, packing 16GB or 32GB as well as microSD expandability, on paper, the Xperia Tablet Z looks set to be one of the hottest products of the summer. If it’s spiked your interest, you can pick one up from today, with the 16GB Wi-Fi version costing a reasonable £399.