Sony unveils Xperia Tablet Z at Mobile World Congress

New 10.1-inch tablet will take on the likes of Apple, Samsung and Google

Sony has shown off its latest creation, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona

Just a month after releasing the excellent Sony Xperia Z smartphone, the Japanese company is back with its bigger, better tablet brother.

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z has been unveiled this morning in Barcelona as part of MWC and will take over from the Xperia Tablet S as Sony’s flagship tablet.

Going toe-to-toe with the likes of the Apple iPad 4, and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Sony’s latest slate is a fully LTE-capable quad-core monster with many of the same design features that made the Xperia Z phone such a winner.

The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, clocked at 1.5GHz and the tablet will come with a choice of 16, 32 or 64GB of internal storage when it appears in May.

Ever since Apple’s Retina Display, the push for a higher resolution has been a given for new tablets and the Xperia Tablet Z arrives with a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 panel. The Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology has been borrowed from the Sony TV series to make sure the visuals are top notch.

Sony is also making a big deal of the weight – understandable given this new slate weighs only 495g. And, like the Sony Xperia Z phone, it’s waterproof for 30 minutes in up to 1m of water. Although, you can’t use the screen while it’s under - so no tweeting from the bath.

No word of a price on the new tablet yet but, as mentioned above, the Xperia Tablet Z should be with us by May. If you want to read a bit more about it, check out our hands-on review with the device itself.

With both a new smartphone and now a new tablet (not to mention the small matter of PlayStation 4) Sony is mounting quite the offensive on gadget fans this year. Is it enough to win you over? Let us know via Twitter or on Facebook.