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Sony made a splash hit at International CES with its high-end Sony Xperia Z smartphone (retailing at approximately $660). The smartphone was known for its use of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), as well as its waterproof coating. The most interesting video demonstration consisted of a woman placing the Xperia Z smartphone into the water and leaving it there for some time. In the Spring of 2012, rumors surfaced that Apple’s iPhone 5 would have waterproof coating; unfortunately, this was nothing more than a rumor at best and wishful thinking at the worst. Instead, later days showed tech writers encouraging iPhone users to pay $60-$75 to send their iPhones to Liquipel, Inc. to get them “waterproofed” for consumer use. It is my desire that Apple place this feature in its smartphones in the near future. Sony’s new Xperia Z phone, then, really impressed me at International CES because of its waterproof feature. Apple insists on leaving its waterproof feature to companies such as Otterbox (who just made a waterproof case for the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5), but I think Apple should take the initiative on this one. Chris Smith of Android Authority believes that Sony has a goal to become the “Apple of Android smartphones manufacturers,” but I believe that Apple should try to walk in Sony’s footsteps for once.
As if Sony’s Xperia Z smartphone did not blow me away, the company has now announced plans to produce a Sony Xperia Z tablet to go with its “splash hit” smartphone (pun intended). The tablet looks to have a 10.1-inch, full HD display, meaning that you will get a tablet with a full-screen view. Sony, by incorporating a full-screen HD display, will follow the great smartphones that look to change the tech industry this year. Most new smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Google phones, and other Android smartphones will have full-screen displays – providing more screen for your consumer dollars. The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor will come implanted in Sony’s new tablet, a processor chip that is sure to be ideal for the multitasking experience. The new tablet will also have near field communication (NFC) and long-term evolution (LTE) capabilities. This means that you can use your tablet to pay for purchases made as well as find fast Internet speeds for uploading and downloading documents while out and on the go. Of course, LTE indicates data charges, but it is perfect for those who crave or need data speeds.
There are some impressive specs and/or features about the new Sony Xperia Z tablet. First, the tablet will come with an 8.1-megapixel, rear-facing camera and a 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera. This means that the front camera will provide a HD video experience while the rear-facing camera will be ideal for photos and snapshots. The 8.1-megapixel specification is important; the top smartphones in the industry today have 8-megapixel rear-facing cameras – providing an Ultra HD experience without the need to purchase an 85-inch, $38,000 television (I’ve got Samsung’s new 4KTV in mind here.). Another impressive feature about Sony’s new tablet is that it comes with Android 4.1.2 pre-installed. Android 4.1.2 brings improvements to Android’s Jelly Bean OS. The Premium Suite Upgrade is a part of this experience, bringing Facebook/News lock screen, low-light camera shots, contextual page buddy, and so on.
One area in which Sony could improve the new tablet is battery life. Sony’s new Xperia Z tablet comes with a 6,000mAh battery. This is half the battery life of the iPad 3 and nearly the same (if not a greater difference) when compared to the iPad 4. The iPad 3 has an 11,666mAh battery, almost twice as much battery life as the Xperia Z. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tab has a 7,000mAh battery, 1000mAh more than Sony’s Xperia Z. In short, to be the kind of powerhouse that Apple’s iPad 5 will be this Spring, Sony has got to step up its battery life in the future.
We do not know when Sony will emerge with its new tablet, but it is sure to be a powerhouse for those who are okay with its small battery life. The waterproof external feature should seal the deal.