Update: We spoke to Sony about the price of the tablet and were informed that the device has not been launched in India yet. The official price of the tablet is not known. However, the tablet is on pre-order for Rs 44,990 at one online retailer.

Sony Mobile today announced that its Xperia Tablet Z is now available for purchase globally through Sony’s retail and operator partners as well as online channels. It is available for purchase in India for Rs 38,990

Sony unveiled the 10.1-inch Android tablet at this year's Mobile World Congress event. At just 6.9 mm in depth, Sony claims the Tablet Z is the thinnest in its category. Xperia Tablet Z runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro asynchronous quad-core processor. The Xperia Tablet Z is IP55 and IP57-certified waterproof (IP55 & IP57), which means it can be immersed in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

Now available globally!

Now available globally!

The Xperia Tablet Z is powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, which the company claims delivers enhanced colour reproduction for a brilliant TV-like viewing experience. The 8 megapixel rear camera features an Exmor R for Mobile image sensor and the 2 megapixel front-facing camera is great for self-shots and video chatting. The tablet comes with Sony's S-Force Front Surround 3D, while Sony's Clear Audio+ mode and the two built-in speakers help the tablet deliver amazing sound no matter how it is held, claims Sony. The Xperia Tablet Z also offers a microSD card slot for up to 64GB of expandable storage.

It includes Sony's Near Field Communication (NFC) One-Touch functions, which allow users to transfer content among compatible devices, including audio, video and images. The Xperia Tablet Z weighs 495 grams and is available in black or white finishes in 4G or Wi-Fi versions.

The tablet's Universal IR Remote allows users to control their TVs and other Sony devices as well as products from other manufacturers directly with the tablet.

Xperia Tablet Z has received an incredibly positive response since it was announced and this is demonstrated by the strong pre-orders the product has received,” said Tomokazu Tajima , Senior Vice President, Head of UX Creative Design and Planning, Sony Mobile Communications. “We believe we have created the ultimate tablet experience and one that is uniquely Sony. Who else would design a tablet that can be used as a media center, a TV remote control – as well as sync seamlessly with Xperia Z and be submerged for 30 minutes underwater!?”

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