The Sony Xperia Tablet Z was announced at Mobile World Congress in late February, and is one of the few non-entry level Android tablets to appear recently to a positive reception.
But the positivity is bound to slip a little with news that the Xperia Tablet Z isn't going to make its original mid-April UK launch date, and will instead only be appearing on our shores a month later.
Sony's original pair of Android slates, the Tablet P and Tablet S, scored highly on originality but ultimately were probably a little too quirky for their own good. Then came the Xperia Tablet S, which brought things back from left field in a far more mainstream package.
But the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is really the first Sony slate to hit the tablet sweet spot, offering a full HD 10.1in screen, a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP/2MP cameras and a choice of 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.
For that you're asked to pay a not-insignificant £399, or £449 for the 32GB version, while the 4G-equipped Xperia Tablet Z is available for pre-order for £499.
According to Xperia Blog, Sony's website initially said the Android 4.1-running Xperia Tablet Z will be “available from middle of May”, while Clove reckons the first stock is expected to arrive on May 20.
However, if you try to pre-order the Xperia Tablet Z now, Sony's site informs you it'll only be landing at the “end of May”, while the check-out page specifies “May 28-29”. We assume the Clove page will be amended in due course.
So it looks like the delay has actually been extended in the past couple of days. Which means you might be wise to take that end of May promise as a best-case scenario rather than a cast-iron certainty.