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July Showdown: Sony Xperia Tablet Z vs. Asus Fonepad 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1″

Despite our harsh winter season, the Tablet market is on a serious bloom. With Computex still underway, we can only expect loads more from tech manufacturers. Here’s a look at confirmed contenders for June/July.

Sony revealed a ‘follow up’ to their hugely successful Xperia Z smartphone, the Xperia Tablet Z (pictured above) at a presser in Cape Town last week (27 May 2013).

Xperia Tablet Z

Xperia Tablet Z

According to Sony, the Xperia Tablet Z is the most premium, high performance LTE Android Tablet available on the market. Might we add, its highly priced too at a beyond “R7000 and R10 000” range. It is however, the thinnest and possibly lightest 10.1-inch tablet on the market coming in at 6.9mm and 495 grams. Another thing Sony can brag on is that its also the first tablet to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro asynchronous quad core processor.

At no suprise, the Tablet Z is powered Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 with Android 2.1 being the OS of choice (upgradable to 2.2)

The Xperia Tablet Z also sports the same dust and water resistance capabilities as its youngling. The Tablet Z is set to go on sale beginning of July 2013.

Leading Korean tech manufacturer, Samsung confirmed and revealed two more additions to the Galaxy Tab 3 family yesterday (2 June 2013), we’ll discuss the 10.1-inch model.

Samsung has confidently set the global release of the 10.1 Galaxy Tab 3 for early June 2013 (we gather its sometime next week?) at time we published this post, Samsung South Africa had not confirmed an actual date to us.

Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch

Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch

The 10-inch model runs on a 1.6GHz Dual Core processor from Intel (1GB of RAM), WXGA resolution across its display and carries a 3-megapixel rear camera and again, the same 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter. Storage is limited to 32GB (expandable up to 64GB via microSD)

The 10.1-inch model run on Android 4.2 witch the choice of WiFi-only (dual-band, a/b/g/n), 3G (HSPA+) and LTE variants.

By now you ought to know the love we at SA Vibe have for Asus products. Luckily for us, Asus launched their 7-inch Fonepad just like Sony, last week!

Asus Fonepad 7

Asus Fonepad 7″

Powered by the Intel Atom 1.2GHz processor, which was specifically designed by Intel for smartphones and tablet devices and running on Android 2.1, the focus that Asus has on mobility and connectivity is distinctfully set at tone.

The Fonepad weighs in at 340g with a 10.4mm profile, with a 3-megapixel rear facing camera and 1.2-megapxiel front facing shooter. Storage options start from 8GB with microSD reader which supports cards up to 32GB.

The Fonepad is already available (with Incredible Connection it seems) from R3499.

Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.