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.