Sony has announced the global availability of the Xperia Tablet Z. Basically, that is to say those around the world will now be able to make the purchase. The tablet remains available as a pre-order for those in the US and at the present time, the estimated shipping date is showing as May 24, 2013.

Sony has the tablet available in two colors and with two storage options, though there is a catch. The 32GB Xperia Tablet Z is available in black or white. The 16GB model on the other hand is only available in black. Otherwise, Sony has the 16GB model priced at $499.99 and the 32GB model priced at $599.99.

As a recap, the Xperia Tablet Z features include a 10.1-inch Full HD Reality Display along with a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. The tablet will be running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and also sporting features to include NFC, HDMI, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Sony is also touting the Xperia Tablet Z as being the world’s slimmest and lightest 10-inch tablet which means a thickness of 0.27-inches and a weight of 1.09 pounds.

Other Xperia Tablet Z news arrived last week when Sony announced the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This will not have an immediate effect on the average end-user and is instead focused more on the developer side of the house. In fact, Sony has made it clear the AOSP release is not for daily use. For those not familiar with AOSP, this is Sony making the software available for developers to play with and build upon.

A few other points worth mentioning include how the tablet is both water- and dust-resistant. With that, we did spend some hands-on time with the Xperia Tablet Z back in February during Mobile World Congress. The hands-on video is included here in the post, however those considering a purchase may also benefit from the full post and the additional images that are included.

SOURCE: PR Newswire