The gadget freaks who were so amused by the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 war can now have even more fun. This time it is the tablet competition rather than smartphone and the participants are three instead of two. Yes, Sony has entered the battlefield as well along with Samsung to take on iPad in 2013. Initially Sony launched its Xperia Z smartphone, and recently it has announced its Xperia Z tablet. The tablet runs Google’s Android Jelly Bean OS and appearance wise it is even thinner than the iPad Mini as its thickness is only 6.9mm. It weighs only 495g.
Xperia Z has screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and a 10.1″ display, which is larger than iPad 4th generation’s 9.7-inch display. It comes with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB internal memory. Further it has 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor. It also has micro SD slot and 8.1 megapixel camera. Other features include 6000mAh battery, NFC and LTE. Another attraction is the dust and water proof property of device.
While Sony is going after the larger iPad in 2013, Samsung on the other hand is also a major competitor for Apple’s iPad mini with its upcoming 8-inch Galaxy Note. Samsung proved to pioneer in introducing the mid range segment with its launch of Galaxy Tab 7.0, and sustain its ranking until Amazon’s Kindle Fire entered the market in late 2011. The very next quarter (Q1 2012) brought in Google Nexus 7 tablet and then the tech market witnessed the long awaited iPad mini.
Samsung Note 8 features the S Pen stylus – yes stylus. It is sensitive to pressure. It has 8-inch display with 1280 x 800 TFT, 2GB of RAM and a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. The device runs Android 4.2 operating system. Samsung Note 8.0 weighs 330 g and measures 211.3×136.3×7.95mm, which is very much near to iPad mini that weighs 308 grams and measures 200×134.7×7.2mm.
2013 is going to be an interesting year in the world of tablets with Apple’s competitor coming up with their own answers to the iPad. Let’s see how everything turns out this year for Apple.
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