Sony Launches Android-Powered Xperia Z Tablet
In keeping with Sony’s recent release of the Xperia Z smartphone, the tablet is dustproof and waterproof, and runs Google’s Android 4.1 operating system.Consumer electronics giant Sony announced the launch of its latest 10-inch tablet, the Xperia Z, which runs Google’s Android 4.1 operating system, and with a weight of just over 1 pound (495 grams) and a thickness of less than a quarter of an inch, now has the distinction of offering the lightest, thinnest 10-inch tablet available in the market. Although pricing and availability were not announced, Sony did unveil a host of specs on the device, including the company’s in-house S-Force virtual surround sound technology, an 8.1-megapixel Exmor R camera, microSD slot for memory expansion, near field communication (NFC) capability, 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor. The 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 display is powered with Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2, which has an updated contrast enhancement algorithm and a more advanced sharpness filter to improve a media viewing experience. The engine, a subset of the platform found on Sony’s Bravia televisions, applies a software layer to the decoding step for video and for images in the Sony Album app, where the processing is done in real-time. The Exmor R CMOS Sensor found in the tablet’s camera works on back-illuminated technology, unlike conventional sensors that work on front-illuminated technology. This reduces the noise found in photos and results in improved video and still picture quality with less noise, especially in low light.