Sony outs 10-inch Xperia Tablet Z: full HD and thinner than iPad

Earlier this month, Sony(s sne) said it would focus on high-end smartphones and now it appears to be targeting the same market for tablets. On Monday, the company introduced the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, a large Android(s goog) slate with full high-definition touchscreen and high performing internals. So how does it stand out from the crowded tablet market? The new Tablet Z is just 6.9 millimeters thick.
For those that value a thin device, here’s how Sony’s tablet compares to Apple’s(s aapl) market-leading slates. The current iPad is 9.4 millimeters in thickness while the iPad mini is 7.2 millimeters. The Xperia Tablet Z is lightweight as well, tipping the scales at 495 grams. That’s favorable compared to the iPad’s 652 gram weight; not to shabby when you consider the iPad uses a 9.7-inch display v. the 10.1-inches Sony is using.
That screen is full high-definition as well: 1920 x 1200 resolution using Sony’s Mobile Bravia 2 display engine. It’s like a portable high-definition television in terms of specifications. Other components include a backlit 8.1 megapixel Exmor R sensor, LTE support, NFC chip, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.1. Sony says the new tablet will come to the Japan market first, but there are no details on price or availability in other countries.
Hardware specs aside, Sony would be wise to remember that software is just as important, if not more so, than what’s inside a tablet. To that end, I expect the new Xperia Tablet Z to compete more against other Android tablets than Apple’s line of iPads.