The original Xperia Z may be coming up to 3 years old, but Sony is still keeping the updates coming. A newer Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update with the version number 10.7.A.0.222 is being rolled out to the first gen Xperia Z series. This covers the Xperia Z (C6602 and C6603), Xperia ZL (C6503 and C6506), Xperia ZR (C5503) and Xperia Tablet Z for both WiFi (SGP311, SGP312) and LTE (SGP321) models.
Sony will be releasing another update for the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and the Xperia Tablet Z some time next week. The new software is still running on the older Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but will bring improvements for Bluetooth, Battery life and YouTube video app.
Unlike Sony of the past, it seems that they are more pro-active in updating their devices to the latest Android version these days. The current Xperia Z & ZL will be among some of the models that will receive Android 4.4 KitKat and there’s a possibility that slightly older models like the Xperia TX and Xperia V would get them as well.
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The Jelly Bean update brings a host of new features to the early 2013 Sony Xperia handsets which includes the latest UI for its native apps such as messaging, camera, Walkman & Xperia Themes. It also gets Sony’s Smart Social Camera and a smoother experience thanks to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean’s project butter.
To update, we would recommend doing it through Sony’s PC Companion which can be downloaded here.
As hinted earlier through SenHeng’s pre-order, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is officially available today with both WiFi only and 4G enabled options. The 16GB WiFi model is priced at RM1,499 while the 16GB 4G LTE version is an extra RM500 at RM1,999. If you’re looking to buy it on contract, Celcom is offering the 4G LTE model from RM1,438.
The Xperia Tablet Z is currently the thinnest, lightest and the only water resistant 10″ tablet with a thickness of just 6.9mm and weighing just 495grams. In terms of water and dust resistance, the Xperia Tablet Z like the Xperia Z smart phone is rated at IP55/IP57 and it is able to withstand being submerged under water (up to 1 meter) for 30 minutes. You can read our earlier hands-on experience here.
As a special launch promo, Sony is giving additional 1 year warranty worth RM150 for the 16GB WiFi model while the 16GB 4G LTE model comes bundled with a Free Powerbank worth RM329. On top of that, new owners will also stand a chance to win Sony’s Smart Watch worth RM399 during the launch promo period which ends in 30th June.
For more information, head over to Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z product page.
If you’re looking for a thin and water resistant tablet, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is offered by Celcom from as low as RM1,438. The device is tied with Celcom First Data plans with optional voice in either 12 months or 24 months duration. Outright, the Xperia Tablet Z with 3G/4G LTE support is priced at RM1,999.
Full bundled pricing of the Xperia Tablet Z below:
First Data Lite 1.5GB – (12 months) – RM1,788
First Data Lite 1.5GB – (24 months) – RM1,738
First Data Basic 4.0GB – (12 months) – RM1,688
First Data Basic 4.0GB – (24 months) – RM1,638
First Data Basic 6.0GB – (12 months) – RM1,588
First Data Basic 6.0GB – (24 months) – RM1,438
An upfront payment between RM200-500 is required during sign up which will be rebated back to your monthly bills across 10 months.
Celcom is also doing a special launch promo tomorrow (15th June) where the Xperia Tablet Z could be yours for just RM938 at 5 of their locations in Klang Valley. They are doing a lucky draw give away which includes NFC Bluetooth speakers and Cash Vouchers up to RM500 which is used to discount the Xperia Tablet Z price.
To recap, the Xperia Tablet Z is like the bigger tablet version of the Xperia Z smart phone. It retains the similar omni-balance design and its internals are identical with a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. In terms of camera, it comes with a 8.1MP main shooter and a front facing 2.2MP camera.
Although the device hasa 10.1″ Full HD display (1920×1200) and 6,000mAh capacity battery, the Xperia Tablet Z is only 6.99mm thin and weighs just 495grams. In comparison, the Xperia Z smart phone is thicker at 7.9mm. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our hands-on experience with the Xperia Tablet Z here.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s Xperia Tablet Z page.
If you’ve been looking for an impossibly thin and sleek tablet that’s water-resistant and lighter than the latest iPad, then the Xperia Tablet Z should fit your bill. At 7mm thin, the Xperia Tablet Z is thinner than the 8mm Xperia Z and to top it off, the Xperia Tablet Z is IPX5/57 rated — that means it’s water- and dust-resistant
The Xperia Tablet Z is arguably one of the most beautiful tablets you can get at the moment. The device features Sony’s trademark OmniBalance design first seen on the Xperia Z with its premium all-glass front wrapped around a tight and textured frame but unlike the Xperia Z, the Tablet Z features a matte finish back cover instead of glass.
Bringing substance to style, the Xperia Tablet Z packs a full 1080p 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels and a pixel density of 224ppi. Powering the device is a 1.5GHz Quadcore Qualcomm S4 Pro 1.5GHz, mated to 2GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of storage with a microSD slot. In the imaging department, you get a 8.1MP rear shooter and 2.2MP front camera that can both shoot 1080p videos. Like the Xperia Z, the Tablet Z is also capable of virtually unlimited, ultra-fast burst mode. Completing the spec sheet is Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, a 6,000mAh battery and stereo speakers. Two colour choices are available – Black and White — and between the two, the white version looks to be the colour to have if you’re looking for an elegant tablet to tote around.
The Xperia Tablet Z is available on pre-order from SenHeng for RM1,999 for the 16GB version. Shipment is expected to arrive June 14. SenHeng will throw in a 7,000mAh battery pack and a screen protector with the Xperia Tablet Z if you pre-order online. Details here.
But before that, check out our Xperia Tablet Z hands-on here.
The Xperia Tablet Z is currently the thinnest tablet yet at only 6.9mm and it weighs just 495grams. That’s actually thinner than the 7.9mm Xperia Z. To find out how its top notching hardware gets packed in such a slim profile, Sony has released its official tear down of the Xperia Tablet Z. Of course, dissecting the tablet would automatically void its warranty.
The Tablet Xperia Z follows the similar omni balance design of the Xperia Z smart phone and it is expected to arrive in Malaysia in Q2 which is just a couple of months away. You can check out our earlier brief hands-on experience with the tablet at MWC 2013
Head after the break for the tear down video of the Xperia Tablet Z. We’ve also added another video of the Xperia Z smart phone getting a tear down as well.
The Sony Xperia Z and ZL is officially launched in Malaysia with the price of RM2,199 and RM1,899 respectively. Both will go on sale next Friday on the 15th of March 2013. For the Xperia Tablet Z, Sony has announced that it will be coming in Q2 which is within the next couple of months but so far there’s no price indication at the moment.
To recap on the specs, both the Xperia Z and ZL comes with a Full HD 5.0″ display, powered with a Quad-Core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 13MP camera. What sets the 2 apart is the Xperia Z has a slimmer 7.9mm profile with water and dust resistance capabilities which is noticable side by side. Meanwhile, the bulkier Xperia ZL comes with shorter and narrower dimensions. In addition, the Xperia ZL comes with a dedicated camera button which is missing on the Xperia Z.
The Xperia Tablet Z is currently the thinnest 10.1″ tablet that is only 6.9mm thin (thinner than the Xperia Z) and weighs just 495 grams. In terms of specs, it is also similiar with a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of storage. The Xperia Tablet Z too is a water and dust resistant device with IP55/57 rating. Do check out our hands-on post of the Xperia Tablet Z at MWC 2013.
Being a water resistant device, both the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z opens up new possibilities with it being able to shoot photos and videos in wet scenarios. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our earlier post of the Xperia Z that functions as a underwater camera. We have also tested the Xperia Z in both wet/submerged conditions as well.
Check out our hands-on video of the Xperia Z after the break, plus a couple of shots of the Xperia ZL and Xperia Tablet Z.
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