Sony is now accepting pre-orders for the 10.1-inch Xperia Tablet Z on its online store, and says that the model will ship out to U.S. buyers on May 24.
The Android 4.1 tablet starts at $499.99 for the 16GB model (available in black) and has a number of unique features, in addition to the 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display and quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU.
The tablet’s “Reality Display” is designed to be capable of sharper, more vivid images than Sony’s previous tablets, while it can also withstand dust and be submerged in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes. The model’s 'One Touch' feature enables users to transfer content wirelessly to NFC-compatible smartphones or speakers.
The hardware design is also rather ground-breaking. At 0.27-inches thick, the Xperia Tablet Z -- which was announced at CES in January -- is promoted by Sony as the “world’s thinnest tablet” and it is lighter than Apple's cellular iPad (1.46 pounds) at just 1.09 lbs.
To mark the launch, the Sony Store is currently offering a free charging cradle, usually worth $44.99, when users buy the $599.99 32GB white model.