Sony has announced its rumoured Xperia Tablet Z in Japan, at just 6.9mm thick and 495g heavy. The Z tablet is a duo with the Xperia Z smartphone announced at CES 2013 and a follow-up to the Xperia Tablet S.

The Tablet Z features a 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 screen, Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 8.1-megapixel rear-camera, microSD expansion slot, NFC, LTE, Sony S-Force sound, and Android 4.1 as the operating system. In Sony fashion, it is also water and dust-proof, coming in white or black.

The Xperia Z tablet seems to make sense as a complement to the Xperia Z handset, which has been well received. During our hands-on with the smartphone, we found it to be well constructed and zippy, but our review will tell the full story.

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Leaked NTT DoCoMo information earlier this week showed that the network plans to announce it in Japan on 22 January - next Tuesday. No word on European or US carriers.

No word on the pricing of the tablet either, but Pocket-lint will be hands-on at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, where we hope to get a closer look.

Sony has also confirmed to Pocket-lint that at the moment this is a Japanese product launch only.