Sony Xperia Tablet Z tipped to be waterproof, pack Jelly Bean

Sony's supposedly cooking up a 10.1-inch tablet companion to its Xperia Z smart phone.

Smart phones get lonely sometimes -- that's why Sony is supposedly cooking up a 10.1-inch tablet companion to its latest Xperia Z mobile .

The so-called Xperia Tablet Z (whatever Sony's naming department is being paid, it's not enough) has leaked via Japanese Twitter account Xperia Info, which says the mythical device will come packing a 1.5GHz quad-core processor.

A waterproof frame is also tipped, making the dream of reading CNET in the bath on a luxuriously large screen a real possibility. The display is rumoured to pack a hearty 1,920x1,200 pixels, while the Tablet Z will apparently come in black and white.

As for software, the spill-all source says we can expect to see Android 4.1 Jelly Bean . That's not the very latest version -- I'd hope that any future Android gadgets would make the effort to arrive running Android 4.2, which packs in brilliant bonus features like Photo Sphere .

Little else is known, apart from a codename -- 'Pollux' -- so swallow this latest leak with a side order of salt. A new Sony tablet wouldn't be that surprising though -- the company has previously released the Tablet S and Xperia Tablet S (pictured above), neither of which were especially compelling compared with tablet marvels like the iPad or Nexus 7 .

Sony's not likely to give up on tablets however, so here's hoping it can impress us with a third slate. One site is saying the Tablet Z is tipped to hit Japan ahead of the summer before heading to Europe, so we may not have long to wait. Let me know if you'd buy a waterproof tablet in the comments or on our Facebook wall.


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