Sony’s newest tablet, known as the Xperia Tablet Z, launched in Japan last month, but it still hasn’t been seen outside of the Far East. Mobile World Congress is the perfect venue to show it off to the entire world, it seems, as it’s now expanding to other parts of the globe. As we had hoped, the super-thin Tablet Z doesn’t wander off from Japan’s variant spec-wise, though this model will offer your choice of 16 or 32GB internal storage, rather than simply the latter. (Sony also announced that a WiFi-only version with 64GB space will come to the US.) Otherwise, it still boasts Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB RAM, a 6,000mAh battery, 8.1MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing cam, NFC, PlayStation Certified, four speakers and a 1,920 x 1,200 display.
Also, the MWC launch gives us a peek at a few minor details we didn’t get in the first go-round: the slate includes MHL, up to 64GB of microSD expansion and DLNA, but oddly we haven’t seen any specifics on battery size. And just like its cousin, the Z will come with Jelly Bean installed but Sony promises that 4.2 is on its way, though no ETA was given for the update. Finally, we won’t hold back on the pricing and availability, even if we kept you in suspense until the end: the black model will be sold in Sony stores and authorized sellers this May, and the white model (which only comes in a 32GB flavor) will be exclusive to official company outlets. A 16GB will put you back $499 and 32GB will be $599. If you’re up for a deeper look into the tablet, our hands-on is a great place to get started.