Last week in Las Vegas we saw the first of Sony's 2013 smartphone line-up, and now it may be time for a refreshed Sony tablet to join the fray. A device by the name of "Xperia Tablet Z" briefly appeared on a product listing page for Japanese carrier NTT Docomo, indicating that the tablet would appear alongside the Xperia Z at a "Docomo smartphone lounge" event in Fukuoka, Japan next Tuesday, Jan. 22. The listing has since been pulled, but not before screen captures and Google's webcache could confirm its veracity.
Adding fuel to the fire is Japanese Twitter account @Xperia_Info, which earlier in the week reported hardware details for the device, along with the "Xperia Tablet Z" name. These specs include a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 1920x1200 resolution screen, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 32GB of storage, water and dust resistance and a 6000mAh battery. The tablet's thickness was reported to be just 6.9mm, suggesting that a "wedge" design similar to the Sony Tablet S and Xperia Tablet S may have been employed.
If the Xperia Tablet Z is unveiled in Japan next week, those in the West will likely get their first look at the device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain in late February.