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Tablet bliss

While there is by no means a shortage of tablets on the market, it never hurts to add another one or two to the mix. Just last week, two big names stopped by the FTC on their route to shelves near you.

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z and Lenovo’s Idea Tab A1000-F (a name that doesn’t really roll off the tongue) are going through their “medicals” before being deemed fit for public use.

Just in time for a second quarter launch the budget-flavoured slate comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core chip, 16GB storage, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. While it’s nothing spectacular, it covers all the basics and I suspect would be more a competitor to other entry level tabs like the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7.

I am a big fan of the Xperia Z family, and the Table Z thus far hasn’t let me down. For those of you who don’t know, Sony already has in the works the Xperia Z mobile handset, which is pretty much life proof – well that is shock, dust and waterproof certifications have made their way into the 10.1 inch tab.

With a higher 1,920 x 1,200 resolution than the S family predecessor, the Tablet Z comes out swinging with a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and 2GB of RAM and a very light-skinned Jelly Bean OS, we shall be seeing not just beauty but pretty decent performance all wrapped up in a toddler proof package.

Sony claims the Xperia Tablet Z is the world’s thinnest and lightest tablet – a boast that carries weight when you first grip the tab. At 495 grams (17.5 ounces), the 6.9 mm-thick tablet barely registers in your hands, well compared to the likes of an iPad.

When it does finally hit retail stores later in Q2, you’ll be able to grab the black model in both 16GB and 32GB configurations at US $499 and US $599, respectively. An all-white 32GB model will also be available, but only as a Sony store exclusive.

However, there isn’t much information on pricing coming from Lenovo, but I believe we can estimate anywhere around the US $199 to US $249. Personally, I prefer Sony’s offerings. What do you think?

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