Slates on the catwalk: world's thinnest tablets roundup

Slates on the catwalk: world's thinnest tablets roundup
With Samsung outing its Tab S slates that carry a high-res Super AMOLED display for the first time, we are forced to rewrite our ranking of the world's thinnest tablets, as the new slates both clock in at just 0.26" (6.6mm) girth. A slender tablet is certainly better than a thick one, said Captain Obvious, for looks and ergonomics sake alone, that's why we are rounding up the most anorexic slates out there, with the cutoff being held at 0.31" (8mm).

Apple managed to trim the waistline of its metal-clad iPad mini line, and also slimmed down the iPad Air, which can't be an easy thing to do, considering we have an aluminum shell. That metal chassis precludes it from occupying the top spots, though, which now seem forever reserved for slates made by Sony and Samsung. Still. the iPad mini comes to show that the thinnest slates don't only come in plastic form, and we have a few metallic catwalk stars in the realm of Android tablets, too. 

Some of those low-carb proponents are really svelte-looking, too, and the record holder is even waterproof, so check out our world's thinnest tablets roundup below, and marvel at their engineering prowess, paying a special attention to what Sony was able to muster with its Z tablet line.

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48 Comments

1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Xperia z is really a sexy beast... really liked its design , probably best looking tablet ever. and of course really expecting something big from apple, they are losing their tablet shares quite recently..

3. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

then they ruined it by putting a UI on it resembling HoneyComb with all the (on-screen) buttons in wrong place (compared with other tablets running Jelly Bean)

8. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

I actually like what they did to their UI. But this is my preference, not everyone likes it.

9. juanyunis

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

There is a new update for the tablet, right now is rolling for SGP321, the LTE version, and it's Android 4.2.2 with Phablet UI not the current one that resembles Honeycomb. I'm waiting for the update to come lol.

17. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

I want that Xperia Z something terrible. It would be a nice compliment to my Surface Tablet, and my Galaxy Tab. I'm just worried that it wouldn't get kitkat for 327045407400 years. :-(

48. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Actually, Sony is pretty good with updates...Although I really like LG phones, they are absolutely HORRENDOUS when it comes to Updating...

20. buccob

Posts: 2945; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually the thinnest "Tablet" right now is the Xperia Z Ultra Wi-Fi... 6.5mm (when do they stop being phones and start being phablets?) (when do they stop being phablets and start being tablets?)

28. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Starting from 7"

29. buccob

Posts: 2945; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Says who? In my personal opinion, I take 5" screens as phablets... too big for my everyday needs... BUT phones like Xperia ZL has 5" but with a footprint of a 4.5" phone... So it is all relative and personal opinions for that matter.

21. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

And excellent battery life as well, Sony knocked it out of the park with this tablet. I've owned one since June and love it as much today as I did seven months ago.

39. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

For me the bezel of sony tab Zis fugly . It makes the 16:10 ratio scree. much longer and weird. For me the design of Tab S is nice enough. I love the book cover and it ignore all the weak points of the design. Remember while many ppl stil praise the "premium" material of Ipad Air, most of them (and normal users as well) use cases for their tablet.

43. elroy

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

excellent tablet in design but the spec and screen resolution is below the competition

44. elroy

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

best looking tab from the back not the side....bezel no way sony

2. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Theres a new Toshiba Excite 10 inch out. Comes with 4.2 on it. Not sure how thin it is but the looks are very close to this .

4. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

None of these go up against nexus 7

5. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

But in the test of time, Z tablet survive on anything!! Did u see how 7 2013 break after a drop

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

You're right, because it wasn't thin enough to make the list.

7. ZettaiRyouiki

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

Less weight = yes, but thinner = unnecessary to me. I would prefer a few mm more with a larger battery.

10. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

same here i dont mind a slightly thicker tablet because if i run outta battery, what good is a 7mm tablet without a battery

47. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Of course you don't mind now that Apple is the thickest tablet. Thick is good! I agree! Lol!

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

For once PA gives SONY some credit the XPERIA Z IS THE thinnest tablet in the world. did i also mention it's water proof and can take a bath with it too

12. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

I'm actually selling my Xperia tablet Z if anyone is interested :)http://swappa.com/listing/GZK521/view

13. ˇಠ_ಠˇ

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

"Jonny Ive is at it again with the lightest 10-incher out there" lol i thought we had established sony was the thinnest 10 incher. Nice try

14. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

SXZ tablet weighs 495g (17.46 oz) and the A Air weighs 478g (16.86 oz). So, it is the lightest but not the thinnest.

15. ˇಠ_ಠˇ

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Ooh awkwarddd. Sorry i wrote that in the morning when i cant really think lol

32. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is 439g.

40. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

How about SXZ2 then??? at 425g...

42. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Oh my..I din realise that this article still contains old comments...

16. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 882; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Bravo to Sony, Apple & Samsung in engineering such awesome slim devices but I would prefer a tablet with high battery capabilities even if its thick.. Only it has to be light

18. Tech_Junkie1996

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

So, of all the thin tablets, Samsung has made half of the, and Apple has made a third. What is the rest of the tablet industry doing? Why is that tablets are thicker than most smartphones? Isn't the fact that they have more surface area mean that they should be thinner? I mean, sure, they can't be thinner than the parts they are made of, but, why are they so thick? Last years tablets, minus the iPad Mini and Xperia Tablet Z, were quite thick. There is genuinely no reason for that.

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