While in 2014 Sony has bet on a large number of announcements and launches to catch the public’s attention, this year the company seems dedicated to investing more in quality than in the amount of new products. Proof of this is that during the MWC 2015 the company decided to show only a top-of-the-line device-the Xperia Tablet Z4, which fights for the world’s thinnest and most powerful tablet title.
Although superficially the replacement of the Xperia Z2 Tablet looks similar to its predecessor, a number of changes were made by the manufacturer. Among the new features is a revamped design and the presence of impressive hardware, which includes the Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor and a 10.1-inch display with 2K resolution.
- Operating system: Android Lollipop 5.0
- Screen: 10.1 inches scratch-resistant and fingerprint-proof
- Screen resolution: 2560×1600 pixels
- Pixel Density: 300 ppi
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit 2 GHz
- GPU: Adreno 430
- Memory RAM: 3 GB
- Internal storage: Up to 32 GB(expandable up to 128 GB)
- Rear camera: 8.1 megapixels with Exmor RS sensor, 8x digital zoom, HDR, geotagging, 1080p video recording
- Front camera: 5.1 megapixels with 25 mm lens
- Battery: 6,000 mAh(up to 17 hours continuous use)
- Connectivity: aGPS, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi, GSM GPRS / EDGE, UMTS HSPA, LTE
- Extras: IP68 certification, Sony Triluminos screen technology, X-Reality Mobile engine
- Dimensions: 167 x 254 x 6.1 mm
- Weight: 389 grams / 393 grams(WiFi / LTE)
Design and screen
Adopting a look similar to the one seen on the X3 line , the new tablet from Sony stands out at only 6.1 millimeters thick-making it the finest product in its class available in the market. With this, the product becomes a weight competitor for Apple’s iPad 2 Air, which uses this as one of its main features.
Here at photionary, the Xperia Z4 Tablet features a 2K resolution screen(2560×1600 pixels) which, although not as denser in the market, is more than enough to attract attention. Featuring the latest iteration of Triluminous technology, the display is 40% lighter than the Xperia Z2 Tablet and promises to offer a color palette with vivid reds and natural greens and blues.
Another novelty of the device is that it extends resistivity to direct exposure to water and dust. With the IP68 certification, the device eliminates the use of protection caps for its USB connection, which can come in contact with liquid without this damaging its operation.
At its launch, the new tablet will be accompanied by various specialized accessories. Among them, the Bluetooth keyboard BKB50, which also serves as a protective cover and features a dedicated touchpad – which effectively transforms the product into an ultra-compact notebook.
Next to the suite of Microsoft Office applications(which comes pre-installed), Sony hopes the keyboard will appeal to the business crowd that has been “let go” with the end of the VAIO line of laptops. Another indication that the manufacturer intends to emulate the experience of a PC is the presence of a launcher in the left corner of the Android interface that promises a more familiar experience to those who are accustomed to Windows .
Sony also announced the launch of the SRC32 cover, which covers the tablet’s screen when it is off or in standby, also serving as a two-position stand. To complete, the company offers the BSP60 Bluetooth speaker, which can connect to the device through One-Touch technology.
Price and release date
Sony still has not released the launch date of the Xperia Z4 Tablet, nor confirmed the price of the new product-which should be around $ 500. However, the company made it clear that the device should reach the market in at least two Variations: one exclusively WiFi and one with 4G LTE connectivity.
Both the tablet and its accessories are expected to hit the market sometime in June this year. The expectation is that the launch of the new device should occur simultaneously in major Western markets.