Upcoming Sony 10 inch tablet to be thinner than iPad Mini

It didn’t quite make it to the Consumer Electronics Show, but Sony has announced a new tablet that not only sports some of the high-end tech heading to its phones, but manages to be thinner than the smallest tablet from Apple, even with a bigger screen.

The latest of the tablets from Sony, the Xperia Tablet Z looks to continue a design we saw at CES in the Xperia Z smartphone, with a very minimalist look that still features the water- and dust-proofing appearing in the Z smartphone.

Sony’s Tablet Z matches many of the specs in the new Xperia Z smartphone, including the 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, Android, and 4G Long-Term Evolution tech (LTE), although differs slightly by offering up a 10.1 inch screen with the Full HD capable 1920×1200 resolution instead of the 5 inch Full HD 1920×1080 model found in the smartphone.

Also different is the camera, which drops from the 13 megapixel on the Xperia Z smartphone to an 8 megapixel on the tablet, although we doubt anyone will be truly dissatisfied with that.

What appears to be impressive is the thickness, with Sony managing a 6.9mm tablet here, beating out the smaller-screened iPad Mini with its 7.2mm size. The Tablet Z can’t beat the weight of the iPad Mini, though, with its 495 grams bigger than Apple’s 312 grams in the Mini.

Sony has yet to announce pricing or availability locally, though with an international release expected sometime before June, we’re hoping we’re not far off.