Until recently I owned a Tablet S from Sony and it is one of the best tablets I ever used. I traded it for Surface Pro, otherwise I would have kept it for a while. The best thing in that I liked apart from SD Card interface was the wedge shape of it and light weight. And of course the “display.” That damn thing was better suited for eBooks reading and a touch enabled PSP. Even though I played very few games on it. I used it a lot to read books. I felt that experience was much better than reading on iPad 2. Now I am excited that Sony is taking pre-orders for the Xperia Z model of it. Z is not wedge shaped (that’s what I felt from looking at their web site), but it is featured TFT Color LCD with FT Color LCD with OptiContrast™ technology, powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 with resolution of 1920×1200. And this enclosed in a thinnest possible enclosure of 0.27 inches thickness with10.1″ size, and that marks it as world’s thinnest tablet when launched. On top of it Sony is claiming that it is water resistant up to 3 feet for up to 30 min. This is packed with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
Sony proved that they could update their tablets with the Tablet S that I owned. They updated it good number of times and moved it from Honey Comb (Android 3.x) to ICS (4.0). I hope they will update this to Android 5.0 (Key Lime whatever Candy) once it is released. Sony is claiming 9 or 10 hours battery life for normal usage and if you are Wi-Fi surfing, then up to 8 hours. They are also promising the Universal Controller for your Living Room Entertainment and One Touch Connectivity. This tablet also powered with 2GB of RAM and comes with 16GB and 32GB storage combination. And this baby also has an USB 2.0 and MicroSD Expansion slot. Tablet S had SD card expansion slot. This also has NFC with Sony’s OneTouch feature. This tablet is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 Cortex-A9 Quad Core and that’s why you see only USB 2.0. This also has a MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) used for outputting your tablet content to a HDMI port on your TV.
One thing I hated with Sony Tablet S was its awkward charger. I hope they have changed it. Now I am just waiting for my wallet to get some $ to have my hands on this baby. Yeah, I know it is very tough to keep up with gadgets and maintaining the finances in balance. J
You can read complete specs from Sony’s site.