Last year, Sony released the Xperia Z Tablet with top notch specs plus a sleek, thin body. This week at the 2o14 Mobile World Congress, the Japanese tech giant decided to announce the successor to the Xperia Z Tablet, dubbed as the Xperia Z2 Tablet together with the new flagship phone, the Xperia Z2.
Last year’s Xperia Z Tablet may not have been as successful as Apple’s iPad Air, but the former is impressively thin at 6.9mm compared to the latter’s 7.5mm thickness. But for Sony, this may not be thin enough, as the new Xperia Z2 Tablet comes with a very thin 6.4mm-thick body. It’s also 69 grams lighter (WiFi variant) than its predecessor. Despite the thinness, the device would still feel very solid to hold–we know this for a fact with the Xperia Z Tablet.
The internals also got some improvements, as the new Xperia Z2 Tablet sports a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, just like what the Xperia Z2 has, as well as the 3 GB of RAM. This allows the Xperia Z2 tablet to easily go head to head with the Samsung Galaxy Pro (Note and Tab) line of tablets announced last month, during the CES 2014.
As expected, there’s still the 10.1 inch Triluminos display with Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 technology, including the dust and water resistant certification the Xperia Z line is very much known for. The stereo speakers are now moved to the front of the device (front the sides), making the whole experience watching HD videos on the Xperia Z2 Tablet more pleasurable.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet packs the latest Exmor RS sensor for the 8.1 megapixel camera found on the back, as well as the same 2.2 megapixel camera found on the front. We we’re hoping for a larger internal memory (just like what Samsung did for the latest Note Pro tablet, with a max ROM of 64 GB), but Sony decided to stick with the usual built-in storage of 16 or 32 GB. Good thing there’s microSD card slot that supports to up to 64 GB.
Hitting the shelves globally by March, the Xperia Z2 tablet will come in two variants, an LTE and a WiFi only models. Sony is currently holding pre-orders for the newest Xperia Tablet with a hefty price of £500 (or Php 37k) for the 16 GB LTE model, £400 (or Php 30k) for the 16GB WiFi. It is a deal though, as pre-ordered units will come with a free Magnetic Charging dock, normally priced at £40 (or Php 3k).
Will Sony finally be able to catch up on tablet sales and dominance with the Xperia Z2 Tablet, especially now that they decided to bid their VAIO PC line goodbye to focus on mobile? We’ll see in the coming months.
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet official specs:
- Android KitKat 4.4.2
- 2.3GHz quad core Krait 400 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 10.1 inch ( 1200 x 1920 pixels ) WUXGA Triluminos display at 224 ppi
- Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 technology
- 3 GB of RAM
- 16 or 32 GB of ROM
- microSD card support to up to 64 GB
- 8.1 megapixel autofocus main camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording @ 30fps
- 2.2 megapixel front facing camera, 1080p video recording @ 30fps
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, DNLA, NFC, 3G/HSDPA/HSUPA/LTE (variant dependent)
- IP58 certified (dust proof and water resistant over 1 meter and 30 minutes)
- Non-removable 6000 mAh Li-Po battery
- Black, White
- 266 x 172 x 6.4 mm, 426 grams (WiFi) and 439 grams (WiFi/LTE)