BY | January 22, 2013

Japanese tech giant has just launched a great tablet. Here we compare Sony Xperia Tablet Z vs Google Nexus 10 vs Apple iPad 4

The high-end tablet market has just got yet another strong competitor. The new device is from Sony, the maker of a range of quality Xperia phones. The Japan firm has officially unveiled a large 10.1-inch tablet called the Xperia Tablet Z. The device is set for Japan release this spring with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Indeed, the Xperia tablet is slated to be a stiff rival to the market’s top devices, for instance, Apple’s iPad 4 and Google’s Nexus 4.

The iPad 4 and Nexus 10 are currently the top tablets of the market. The Apple tablet has been reigning over the industry since its original version. The Nexus 10 is one of the best large-screen Android tablets. Made by Samsung, it is an ideal Android tablet with a high-resolution display and dual core processor. There is a talk that Google may launch an upgrade to the device with a quad core CPU at the imminent MWC 2013. But, here we compare the Xperia Z with iPad 4 and Nexus 10.

Display Screen: The Sony tablet is a large-screen device with a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200p Reality display that makes use of the firm’s new Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. Sporting a large display, it comes in the same category of iPad 4 and Nexus 10 that respectively tout 9.7-inch and 10.1-inch screens. The new generation Apple tablet has an LED-backlit IPS LCD with a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels at 264-ppi, while the Nexus 10 is the best tablet when it comes to screen resolution. It features a Super PLS TFT screen with a whopping 2560 x 1600 pixels at 299-ppi.

Processor, Performance: Sony has integrated a powerful quad core CPU onboard its new tablet PC. It is a 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 processor, which is backed by 2GB of RAM. There is no info available about its GPU. The device embeds 32GB of internal memory. The Apple device, in the meantime, is up with a 1.4GHz dual core Apple A6X processor, 1GB of RAM and a quad core PowerVR SGX554MP4 graphical card. It is available in all three standard memory variants; 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.

Meanwhile, Samsung has done a mistake by placing an underpowered dual core processor inside its high resolution Nexus 10. The company has used a 1.7GHz dual core Exynos 5250 Cortex-A15 processor. The device gets further power from 2GB of RAM and Mali-T604 GPU. As per recent rumors, the company is now to upgrade the tablet with a quad processor. The revamped Nexus 10 may be on display at the MWC 2013 in Barcelona. The device is currently available in 16GB and 32GB variants.

Software: The Xperia Tablet Z is to come up with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean under the cover. It is upgradeable to the most recent Android 4.2, but the Google-owned Nexus 10 has received Android 4.2 out of the box. This firmware is only available on Google Nexus devices only. It may come to other devices on a later occasion only. The Apple tablet features the latest iOS 6, which was debuted on iPhone late last year.

Camera: When it comes to rear camera on a tablet PC, there is a talk that it is almost worthless. It is because people don’t often tend to take images with the large slates. Because of this, many tech makers have started to either skip or demote camera on their tablets. But, Sony has included a full-fledged 8.1MP rear camera on its Tablet Z. It is when both iPad and Nexus 10 sport only 5MP rear cameras. There is no info available about the front camera of the device, however.

Battery: Among the devices in discussion, the Xperia tablet has the least powerful battery. It packs a 6,000mAh    battery, while Nexus 10 and iPad 4 respectively have 9,000mAh and 11,666 mAh batteries under the cover.

Price: Xperia Tablet Z is yet to get its price tag. Sony is about to bring the device to market. Meanwhile, the base model of Nexus 10 is priced at just $399, while the base model of iPad 4 is priced at $499.

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