Massive Sony Xperia tablet could be just around the corner

Sony’s just one of many manufacturers planning big announcements for CES in a little over a week, an event it’s already busy teasing. What will be in store for us? There’s the possibility of an Xperia Z4, sure, but what about a new tablet? After all, the Xperia Z2 Tablet (above) launched back in February of last year, making a new model just about due. We’ve already heard a few whispers here and there that Sony could be thinking to push a little beyond its 10-inch comfort zone, and now the latest rumors delve into just what we might hope to get from this hardware.

According to supply chain sources, Sony’s intending to introduce a 12.9-inch tablet with a 4K-class 3840 x 2400 panel. It would run a Snapdragon SoC (presumably one of the higher-end options, to handle all those pixels the GPU will be driving), feature an eight-megapixel main camera, and measure 8.6mm thick – that’s a good 35 percent thicker than the Z2, but given the screen size we’re talking about, a little extra thickness sounds pretty wise.

While the sources don’t directly suggest a CES launch, instead presenting a release target no more definite than sometime during the first half of the year, it feels like a plausible enough idea – and we could easily see that thin device we only got to glimpse edge-on in that teaser video as being a tablet like the one being described here.

If there’s one gray cloud to this story, it’s what the jumbo-sized tablet could cost: north of $1000. That’s in a different league altogether than the Z2, which only went for more like $600. If Sony can convince shoppers that its larger tablet can replace a laptop, then it might have something here, but that’s still a serious chunk of change.

Source: DigiTimes

Share This Post

Watch the Latest Pocketnow Videos

About The Author
Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!