Mobile World Congress: Sony Intros Thinnest 10.1-Inch Tablet

Sony unveiled its new Android device, the Xperia Tablet Z, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday. The company claims it is the world’s thinnest 10.1-inch tablet at just 6.9 millimeters and that it is waterproof in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes. On the inside, it has a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 1920 x 1200 display running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Xperia Tablet Z, which will be upgraded to run on 4.2 after launch, will cost $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi version and $599 for 32GB. “The tablet weighs 495 grams (1.05 pounds), and it has an 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front camera, plus 16GB/32GB storage configurations with a microSD slot that can take up to a 64GB card,” reports Ars Technica.

The tablet also has an IR blaster that works with a special version of the Sony app called TV SideView, which integrates with “a user’s cable provider and allows users to browse the program guide as well as currently airing content,” explains the article.

How it works: “If users see a program they want to watch within the app, they can swipe the selection up toward the TV, and the cable box will then tune itself to that channel and program. Because this version of the app relies on the IR blaster — rather than on a Wi-Fi network as it must with other Android tablets —the app can work with many non-networked TVs and set-top boxes.”