"It looks like the Xperia Tablet Z2 from Sony's going to give the iPad Air a run for its money"
Sony launched its latest flagship, the Xperia Z2 in India yesterday, but how could the smartphone's namesake tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z2 be far behind? The two devices saw first light of day at MWC together, so it made sense for Sony to showcase them side-by-side in India too. However, the Japanese vendor chose to keep mum over the pricing or availability details of the new slate and only had a few demo units available at the launch event. We played around with one for a bit, and here are our first impressions.
Sony's touting the Xperia Tablet Z2 as the thinnest and lightest waterproof slate available, and we don't have any reason to doubt that claim. Tipping the scales at a mere 439 grams and 6.4mm thin, the new slate trounces the 469g Apple iPad Air fair and square in terms of bulk.
One glance is enough to make out that Sony's new slate follows in the footsteps of the other Xperia devices with respects to the OmniBalance design. Essentially a flat slab, it hardly has any curves to speak of, but manages to impress with its anorexic frame. On the sides, the said frame is done up in aluminium, imparting swanky looks and a sturdy build.
At the rear, the Tablet Z2 forgoes the glossy glass rear finish of its smartphone sibling in favour of a matte build that doesn't attract fingerprints, but could be prone to smudges in the long run. The 8-megapixel primary snapper that features Sony's Exmor RS sensor is also located at the rear, as per usual. The 10.1-inch full HD display dominates proceedings in the front, and there are no other physical hardware buttons on the fascia.
When held in landscape, with the Sony branding on top, you'll find the circular metal power key on left, along with the volume rocker. The top is home to the micro-SIM, microSD and micro-USB ports, all covered by flaps to keep water out.
Software-wise, the Xperia Tablet Z2 runs Android KitKat, with Sony's UI customisations and smorgasbord of preloaded apps and content hubs on offer. The innards comprise of a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM, matching the specs of its smartphone sibling, the Xperia Z2. A 6,000mAh battery is sealed inside too. As expected, the connectivity options available are pretty loaded too.
Based on few minutes of hands-on time, we can confidently say that the display looks quite sharp and vivid, and performance feels smooth.
The Xperia Tablet Z2 comes in multiple variants, including a 16GB Wi-Fi only model, and another one with the same internal storage that supports LTE. A 32GB Wi-Fi only model is also there, but it remains to be seen which variant lands in India. We'll have more on this premium Android slate when it launches officially, of course, including pricing details.