A decent 6000 mAh battery is sealed into the Xperia Tablet Z, providing for nearly 10 hours of video and 110 hours of music playback, Sony claims.


Sony succeeded in making the thinnest and lightest 10” Android tablet waterproof, and added four virtual surround speakers to all the prerequisites for a modern flagship tablet like high-resolution display and a quad-core processor. We'd wish the processor was a bit faster, but that's about the only gripe we have with the Xperia Tablet Z, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better Android tablet in the $500 range.

Actually the only alternative to the Tablet Z's value-for-money proposition is Google's Nexus 10, which is not sold everywhere and, despite the advantage of a record pixel density, has less sophisticated design, no expandable storage, no IR blaster and is not waterproof, so even at $100 less it might not cut it for you, compared to the Tablet Z.

Sony's best and brightest tablet, however, has to face the formidable iPad franchise competition when it ventures outside of the Android world, with the hundreds of thousands of tablet-specific apps available for it. Thankfully, the Xperia Tablet Z is positioned quite differently, as it sports a thin and light watertight chassis against the more premium, but thicker and heavier aluminum build of the iPad 4, and offers more features like expandable storage, IR blaster and quad-speaker system, so the likely buyers of both tablets would have minimum overlap.

Software version: 10.1.1.A.1.253

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Video Review:


  • Slimmest and lightest 10” tablet
  • Waterproof chassis
  • Four-speaker system with virtual surround modes
  • Infrared sensor turns the tablet into remote control


  • Sony's interface overlay feels a bit sloppy at times

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Xperia Tablet Z
  • Display 10.1 inches 1200 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP (Single camera) 2.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 6000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop

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