The Japanese-owned company claims that their new Sony Xperia Tablet Z product-line is the world’s lightest 10in tablet that features a 2K screen – finally, an iPad Air 2 rival has arrived.
Sony’s flagship Android tablet deserves an expert review – there is no Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet in a 10in size, so the new Sony Xperia Tablet Z succeeds the Z2-line.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z – New Model is Lighter Than Air
The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet has been delayed for the 29th of June, it was supposed to come out this week, on the 22nd but Sony has decided to push its release date for a week. For those residing in the UK, the tablet is available for pre-order, but its stock has been delayed – reasons unknown at the current moment. It’s rumoured that retailers will start shipping it in the first weeks of July.
The fourth iteration for the Sony Xperia Tablet Z product-line costs £499 – that is about $785. Everyone was expecting that Sony’s new tablet to be released at £399 so it can rival with Apple’s iPad Air, but it’s more expensive. There is a reason behind this – it comes with a Bluetooth keyboard dock; so there’s no need to start running into Apple’s arms.
Another rival to Sony’s device might be the Samsung Galaxy Tab S which although is a little bit old at this time, it’s in no way decrepit. It used to cost the same as what Sony’s Xperia Z4 tablet costs at the moment, but Samsung has seen to it having a price reduction – now it costs £300.
We didn’t think it was possible that Sony could build a greater tablet, it’s older sibling is considered one of the best devices available. With the Z4, Sony has pushed forward its boundaries, and made it weigh 382 grams less.
It’s the same thickness wise as Apple’s iPad Air 2, but it weighs less. That’s why we can say that the Z4 is lighter than Air.
As expected, Sony continues waterproofing their tablets. It now has an IP68 rating which is the highest available.
Design wise, it’s superb, but Sony doesn’t bring anything new to the table – if you’ve seen on iteration, you’ve seen them all. The Z4 comes in Black, and White, but retailers seem to only list it available only in Black, which is a little bit strange.
The Bluetooth keyboard doc isn’t optional, and it’s bundled with Sony’s tablet, and as I said before, it’s why the device costs more than we expected. The keys are a little bit small, and the whole keyboard is not that comfortable, and actually flimsy. It doesn’t offer the best typing experience, but if you don’t plan on writing 100 pages a day on it, it should satisfy your web surfing needs.
The trackpad is shockingly great, and I have to say that it’s way better than I originally expected from Sony.
Screen size remains at 10.1, but Sony has greatly improved the tablet’s resolution – it features a 2560 x 1600 res, with a 299 ppi which overtakes Apple’s iPad Air 2’s 264 ppi. But that’s not the only great thing about the Z4. It sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor – you may have heard that this model is both an octa-core, and 64-bit. It comes with 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal memory storage, and you can add a microSD card up to 128 GB. Performance is quite impressive.
There’s no hard drive, no extra battery, nor USB ports – it does have a microUSB port which it uses to connect to other devices, and recharge. It also features Bluetooth 4.1, 11ac Wi-Fi, NFC, and MHL 3.0. Sony has decided to remove the IR blaster feature from the Z4, which is quite a shame.
The Z4’s camera capabilities are reasonable – it features a 8.1, and a 5.1 megapixel camera units on the front, and on the back. Nobody supports tablet photography, and why should you? But you’ll get more than decent photos if you don’t have anything else to snap pictures with.
The front 5.1 megapixel camera unit will output pretty good quality when it comes to video calls, so using it for Skype meetings isn’t out of the question. More so, Sony claims that its battery, which is a 6000 mAh unit, can last up to 17 hours of continuous video playback – which is an impressive feat, considering that Apple’s iPad Air 2 lasts 9 hours.
The new model for Sony Xperia Tablet will run Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it will most likely run Google’s new Android M software when it will be available.
The Sony Xperia Z tablet line, the Z4 supports PS4 Remote Play which is a great feature if you want to be extremely lazy and sit in bed all day.
The Sony Xperia Tablet comes packed with apps including Walkman, Album, PlayStation and Lifelog. Sony also adds Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, AVG Protection, Garmin Navigation, Vine, Kobo Books. Fortunately for us, we can uninstall all of them.
The bottom line is that the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is an impressive device – waterproof, great performance, super thin, and a superb screen. It could do better in the camera department, but you don’t buy a Z4 for taking photos. You buy a Nikon for this.
Our Sony Xperia Z Tablet review has come to a stop. Take a look at the pros and cons to refresh your memory!
– Incredible battery life
– Superb 2K res
– Great performance
– Kinda on the expensive side
– Mediocre camera
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