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Hands On and first impressions of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z

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Earlier in the year Sony had launched the Xperia Z smartphone in India. It was a big deal for the company because it was the first device to be designed under the Sony branding after the dissolution of the Ericsson joint venture. Sony touted an Best of Sony philosophy. Alongside the phone it promised that its larger sibling, the Xperia Tablet Z would hit India soon. When we saw it last, it impressed us but we did not manage enough alone time with it to give any concrete opinion. Now that Sony has officially launched it in India, we got some more time to play with it. Read on for our first impressions. Also Read - Omicron suspects in Delhi: These health gadgets will protect you from getting the virus

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The first thing one notices about the Xperia Tablet Z is that it s incredibly thin. Sony claims it to be thinnest and lightest 10.1-inch tablet in the world at 6.9mm and 495 grams. We agree with them. The difference when compared to the fourth generation iPad is like night and day.

Additionally, the build is just fantastic like most Sony products. It shares the same design language like the Xperia Z smartphone and shares the same metallic power button which just pops out. Sony uses a soft touch plastic for the back, and it does tend to collect a lot of grease, which obviously is not ideal. Like the Xperia Z smartphone, the tablet is also waterproof and dust-resistant. While this may be a great feature for a smartphone, we are not too sure about its utility on a tablet, but then who are we to complain about an additional feature.

On the front it has a 1200×1920 10.1-inch LCD display that is powered by Sony s Bravia engine. Unlike the Xperia Z smartphone, the black levels are much better, and the display is really crisp. The view gets a little washed out at extreme angles.

On the back it has a 8-megapixel camera on the rear and 2-megapixel camera on the front. The rear camera can shoot HDR images on the fly and can shoot video at 1080p, though we are yet to test it throughly.

Internally, it is powered by the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5GHz, and it works in tandem with 2GB of RAM, and it has 16GB of memory. It also runs on 3G networks, and there is a microSD card for memory expansion and Sony also bundles a free 16GB microSD card for good measure, so essentially, the user gets 32GB of storage. It also has NFC and an IR blaster for universal remote control like functionality.

Sony has packed-in a massive 6,000 mAh battery, but the real test will come in real world usage when we post our final review.

While testing the product for sometime we did see that the tablet showed signs of a discernible lag something which is unacceptable for a tablet that costs Rs 46,990. Another problem is that it runs on the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset while most vendors are now using the more sophisticated Snapdragon 600 chipset for their flagship products.

As far as the OS is concerned, it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on top of which the standard Sony skin runs deep. As always, we found the skin to be unintrusive and quite clean to navigate.

Overall, there is no denying the Xperia Z tablet is a well designed and well specced tablet, but at Rs 46,990 it s an expensive proposition in front of the 32GB iPad with 3G, which not only has a better application ecosystem, a better screen and is also a bit cheaper. That said, we are yet to throughly test the Xperia Tablet Z and it might have a few surprises of its own, so watch out for our final review.

Photographs: Harshita Rastogi

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  • Published Date: May 29, 2013 6:04 PM IST



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