If you’ve always dreamed about checking your email and surfing the Internet in your expensive heated swimming pool, Sony just made this a reality for anyone who purchases its Xperia Tablet Z; it’s waterproof to a depth of 3 feet of water for about 30 minutes.
Do you need it?
Apart from its aquatic resistant properties, Sony is marketing its Xperia Tablet Z as a beautifully designed device that is also the world’s thinnest tablet currently on the market. Sony announced today that it will be available for purchase in the U.S. this spring.
Although the practicality of owning a waterproof tablet is a somewhat questionable endeavor (unless you really do plan on using it in the swimming pool) the Xperia has a nice set of features that makes it a formidable rival against Apple’s iPad series.
According to Sony the Xperia Tablet Z will have:
- 10.1” Full HD 1920x1200p Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
- The world’s thinnest 10.1” tablet at 6.9 mm* and lightweight at 495 grams
- Dust and water resistant (IP55 & IP57) with a durable glass front display
- Built-in universal IR remote control can control Sony and other manufacturers’ consumer electronic devices
- Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 1.5 GHz asynchronous quad-core CPU and 2 GB RAM
- One-Touch connectivity with Near Field Communication (NFC)
- A unique OmniBalance design with subtly rounded edges and smooth reflective surfaces
- 8 MP rear camera featuring Exmor R for Mobile and Superior Auto plus 2MP HD front camera
- Battery STAMINA mode further improves the standby time
- S-Force Front Surround 3D provides realistic surround sound using two speakers
The Xperia Tablet Z will retail for $499 for the 32GB version and $599 for the 64GB version. There will be an exclusive white 32GB model sold only on Sony’s online store and physical store locations.