Sony announced two new products today, the Xperia Z2 Smartphone and Xperia Z2 Tablet. both designs are incremental updates to the design, the Xperia Z2 Tablet looks more or less identical to last year’s Sony Xperia Tablet Z, but the design is as impressive this year as it was last, why fix something that isn’t broken, right?
The suave looking Z2 has managed to lose a bit of weight compared to its sibling the Z1 which was launched last year, the wifi version weighs in at 426g which is even lighter than the aptly named iPad air, which if you’ve experienced holding one, you’ll agree it isn’t exactly heavy. The LTE/3G model does increase in weight to 439g, but that’s still impressively light for a 10.1 inch device. As well as amazingly light, it’s also impressively slim, at 6.4mm in thickness, this tablet really is the envy of teenage girls everywhere.
“The Xperia Z2 Tablet represents the pinnacle of tablet innovation and is a true flagship in our premium line. We have evolved our cutting-edge design to create the slimmest lightweight tablet matched with Sony’s latest technologies to deliver a unique user experience.” said Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications. “And with our new range of dedicated accessories, you can further now enhance your tablet experience whether for work or play, at home or on the go.”
As impressive and aesthetically pleasing the Z2 Tablet is, it’s whats inside that counts. Much like the Z2 Smartphone Sony simultaneously announced today, most of the improvements are under the hood. First of all is the display, the Z2 tablet comes rocking a gorgeous 10.1 inch Full HD display, with Sony’s new Live Color LED technology which it claims give the Z2 the best colour range on the market. The viewing angles provided by the tablet give the ability for a group of people standing around it to view content without quality taking a big drop and the screens brightness can also combat even the brightest of surroundings.
As well as an impressive display, the Z2 also is packing a lot of camera firepower, now my opinion on taking pictures with your tablet is well known , but if you’re going to make yourself look like an idiot then this is the tablet to do it with, the rear facing camera features an 8.1 megapixel sensor which is capable of shooting video even when submerged in water.
Powering all of these features is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chip with a clock speed of 2.3GHz and helped along with an impressive 3GB of RAM and of course, 4G LTE connectivity is on-board. Now, all of these features and high power will zap battery life, that’s why Sony have included a 6000mAh battery which Sony claim will give you 10 hours of “multimedia usage” (I’m guessing this refers to video watching) and 100 hours of music playback all from one single charge.
The Z2 is available in flavours of black and white and will be available world-wide from March, as usual with initial announcements there’s no wording on pricing as of yet, but we can imagine this premium device will come with a premium price tag.