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Sony Xperia Tablet Z available for preorder

The thin, light, waterproof 10.1-inch tablet will ship on May 24, according to Sony.

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Sony's Xperia Tablet Z is now available for preorder through Sony's Web site. The tablet is expected to ship on May 24 and prices for the 16GB and 32GB models are $499 and $599, respectively.

The 10.1-inch Xperia Tablet Z's physical dimensions make it one of the thinnest and lightest tablets on the market and, according to Sony, its waterproof and dustproof build makes it highly durable.

Not to be outshone by its good looks, the Xperia Tablet Z ships with the Android 4.1.2 operating system, houses a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and 2GB RAM, and sports a 1,920x1,200-pixel-resolution display. Other features include an 8.1-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel rear camera, and NFC.

Preorders through Sony of the 32GB model in white between now and May 24 will come with a free charging cradle, regularly priced at $44.99.

Check back on CNET for a full review of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z once it becomes available, but for now here's our First Take.