Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) wants to be in the tablet PC market. It is tardy. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Samsung, along with a number of second tier manufacturers, have been offering products for years. Sony has had little success in PC sales, even at the tradition end of the market with laptops. It is difficult to see how that might change.
Sony is unveiling a new Android tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Monday. Sony claims the tablet is not only the “world’s thinnest 10.1-inch tablet” at 6.9 millimeters, but it’s apparently waterproof in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes.
Inside, the Xperia Tablet Z has a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 1920×1200 display running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. (Sony has gone scouts-honor that the tablet will be updated to 4.2 “after launch.”) The tablet weighs 495 grams (1.05 pounds) and it has an 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front camera, plus 16GB/32GB storage configurations with a microSD slot than can take up to a 64GB card.
At least it is waterproof.