In the living room, it can replace your remote. On vacation, it can replace your camera. In the bathtub, it can replace your floating rubber ducky. Yep, Sony is coming out with a dunkable, waterproof Android tablet and smartphone.
Sony has been struggling of late, trying to catch up to Apple and Google in gadget land. The electronics giant was once known as an innovator and market disruptor, but they seem to have lost their edge.
Until this little geeky gadget.
Part of Sony’s new Xperia range, the Xperia Tablet Z is perhaps the world’s slimmest 10 inch tablet (according to Sony) and weighs just over a pound. And, like the Xperia smartphone, the Xperia Z is water and dust resistant.
The company says you can submerge the tablet in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. That’s just enough time to tweet, text, stream and blog your way through a luxuriously long and hot bubble bath at the end of a long day. Come on, admit it. You like a good bubble bath now and again--especially when you can take some entertainment with you.
While we are not sure why you’d want to submerge the tablet for 30 minutes, we do like the idea if our soapy and slippery fingers drop the tablet into the bubbles, you haven’t water logged your device.
The tablet is expected to be available at the end of May at $499 for a 16-gigabyte version or $599 for 32GB. That’s roughly the same price as an iPad, but far more submergible.
Model in the bubble bath searching for his submerged tablet is Teyler Kalin.