In the world of smartphones and tablets, thin is most definitely in. Each company tries to get the thinnest design possible, with new iterations vying for the crown. Earlier today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Sony took the wraps off "the world's thinnest 10.1-inch tablet:" the Xperia Tablet Z. Sony's latest tablet measures in at an impossibly thin 6.9 millimeters, yet it packs a 1920x1200 resolution touchscreen, a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, either 16 or 32GB of storage, runs on Android 4.1 (upgradeable to 4.2 "after launch"), and can work in three feet of water for 30 minutes. There's also a microSD slot to add up to an extra 64GB of storage should you desire. The Xperia Tablet Z has an eight megapixel camera on the rear and a two megapixel one on the front, plus there's an IR blaster to function as a TV remote of sorts.
Owners of the tablet can download the TV SideView app, which works in tandem with cable/satellite providers to view the channel guide and currently airing content. If there's a show on, owners can simply swipe up on the Tablet Z to automatically have the cable box switch to the channel. Since the app and tablet work on IR and not WiFi, it's a perfect addition to anyone not using a networked TV or set-top box.
Sony is planning on releasing the Xperia Tablet Z in the spring, though no solid date was announced. The 16GB tablet with WiFi is priced at $499, with the 32GB WiFi version at $599. There are no plans to introduce a 4G model currently.
Source: Ars Technica