Sony's New Xperia Tablet: An Android Slate Slimmer Than The iPad Mini

Sony has announced a new high-spec Android tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z. It offers up some meaty internals -- but the most exciting news is the svelte package into which the hardware is crammed.

The 10.1-inch tablet packs a 1920x1200 screen, Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 8.1-megapixel camera, NFC, LTE and a microSD expansion slot. It's also -- curiously -- waterproof and dustproof.

But what's impressive here is that those guts are squeezed into a tiny frame: the tablet is just 6.9mm thick and weighs 495g. That's slimmer than the iPad mini, which is 7.2mm front to back, and actually the slimmest tablet that we can think of. At less than 500g, it also seems to be one of -- if not the -- lightest 10-inch tablet out there.

Impressive -- especially if you're a fan of super-slim devices. There are currently no details on pricing or availability. [Sony via Engadget]