Sony looks set to bring the fight to Apple this year with the release of the Xperia Z4 Tablet. We went hands on with Sony’s latest flagship after it was announced at Mobile World Congress this week.
Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet may still be one of the lightest and thinnest tablets available a year after its release, but Sony felt it could do better. The Xperia Z4 Tablet is just 6.1mm thick and weighs 393g, making it as thin as Apple’s iPad Air 2, but lighter. It is quite remarkable to see in the flesh and it is incredibly light to hold.
While the tablet itself is sleek and lightweight, Sony didn’t compromise on specs. The Xperia Z4 Tablet features an octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip with 3GB RAM, and comes with 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded further with a microSD card.
The Xperia Z4 Tablet has a big, beautiful 2K screen. It uses Sony’s Triluminos technology and X-Reality Mobile engine to enhance the display even further. In response to user feedback, Sony reduced the size of the bezel around the screen. This results in a display that takes up most of the space available on the front of the 10.1-inch device.
Despite this increase in screen size and quality, the Xperia Z4 Tablet boasts impressive battery life. It has a large 6,000 mAh battery and is capable of around 17 hours of video playback. That’s something special. It should be more than enough to see you through the day or a few lengthy commutes.
As you’d expect at this stage, the Xperia Z4 Tablet is waterproof. But, unlike other devices that task users with closing caps over ports, the tablet’s ports are left completely open. They are internally sealed, so once they’re dry after taking a dip, they will work away perfectly. The Xperia Z4 Tablet is IP68-certified, meaning it can withstand taking a dunk in up to 1.5m of fresh water for 30 minutes.
Another intriguing development is the new Bluetooth keyboard. The keyboard attaches to the tablet quickly and easily. It is instantly recognised with a menu bar and task bar popping up once the tablet is slotted into the keyboard. This is a great boon for business customers or those who want to stay productive on the go. Sony says that it brings a “premium laptop experience” to its tablet offerings.
Sony’s Xperia Z4 Tablet made a great first impression. It’s beautiful to look at, easy to hold, and packs impressive specs that should cater for any task or app. We can see the tablet appealing to a variety of customers. Its lengthy battery life is great for commuters or those using it for work; those who like to read or watch movies in the bath will rest easy thanks its waterproofing; and those who want to type up e-mails or documents will make great use of the Bluetooth keyboard.
The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet will be released in June.