Although much of the focus on Sony's work in the mobile space is on their smartphones, they have been a player in the tablet segment of the market for quite some time. In fact, Sony has been responsible for some of the more unique tablet designs, such as the Sony Tablet P which had two displays and folded much like a Nintendo DS.

When focusing on what we traditionally think of as a tablet, one will see that the flagship device in Sony's lineup has always been their 10.1" tablet offering. These devices are usually named in the same "Xperia Z" format as Sony's flagship smartphones, and although the tablet released last year was the Xperia Z2 Tablet, the release of the Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet late last year means that this year's release moves ahead to Z4. The Xperia Z4 tablet is Sony's flagship tablet, and the first of 2015's high end Android tablets. To give an overview of the Z4 Tablet on paper, I've laid out its core specifications below.

  Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 Sony Xperia Tablet Z4
SoC 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 (APQ8074AB) with 4 x Krait 400 + Adreno 330 Snapdragon 810 with 4 x Cortex-A57 at 2.0GHz and 4 x Cortex-A53 at 1.6GHz + Adreno 430
Display 10.1" 1920x1200 LCD 10.1" 2560x1600 LCD
Network WiFi only or 2G / 3G / 4G LTE SKU WiFi only or 2G / 3G / 4G LTE SKU
Dimensions 266 x 172 x 6.4 mm, 426g 254 x 167 x 6.1mm thick, 389g WiFi, 393g LTE
Camera 13MP Rear Facing with F/2.0 aperture and OIS, 2MP FFC
4K video recording
8MP Rear Facing, 5MP Front Facing
Battery 6000 mAh (22.8 Whr) 6000 mAh (22.8 Whr)
OS Android 4.4.2 KitKat Android 5.0 Lollipop
Connectivity 2x2 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.0, USB2.0, GPS/GNSS, MHL, NFC WiFi + BT 4.1, USB2.0, GPS/GNSS, ?, NFC

Inside the Xperia Z4 Tablet we have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC, which has four Cortex-A57 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores running at 2.0GHz and 1.6GHz respectively, along with Qualcomm's new Adreno 430 GPU. The internal battery remains the same capacity as the Z2 Tablet at 6000mAh (22.8Wh), but the tablet has been slimmed down to 6.1mm which puts it on par with Apple's iPad Air 2.

Moving to the outside of the tablet, we see that Sony has placed an 8MP camera on the rear, and a 5.1MP camera on the front. The front of the device is also home to the 10.1" 2560x1600 LCD display. Like many of Sony's recent devices, the Z4 Tablet is both dust and water resistant. It has an IP68 rating for which Sony specifies an immersion depth of up to 1.5 meters for up to thirty minutes, which goes a bit beyond the typical 1 meter for 30 minutes IP67 rating on many other mobile devices

According to Sony, the Xperia Z4 Tablet will be launching globally in June. It will come in both WiFi and LTE variants, with pricing yet to be revealed.

Source: Sony

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  • phoenix_rizzen - Monday, March 2, 2015 - link

    Sony tablets have been 16:10 for several years now.
  • Azurael - Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - link

    You've never used a G2 or a G3, have you? I love my G2, but that's the one thing I hate about it - as impressive as near-bezel-less displays LOOK, I'd rather have half an inch round the screen to actually hold the damn thing. Especially on a tablet.
  • ayejay_nz - Monday, March 2, 2015 - link

    I hope they're about to announce a Z4 compact as well :O
  • ayejay_nz - Monday, March 2, 2015 - link

    Tablet that is ...
  • TheFlyingSquirrel - Monday, March 2, 2015 - link

    I really want a larger tablet to replace my Nexus 7 2013 for reading, watching videos, and now that office is Android tablets, with a good enough text editor I could forgo laptops in preference for a tablet/desktop combination. I hope its only like $399. I still want to see what Samsung and HTC do with upcoming tablets especially with that new Exynos 7420.
  • Wolfpup - Monday, March 2, 2015 - link

    This is a nice tablet, but unfortunately I still can't consider anything but a Nexus when it comes to Android...decent OS updates are mandatory. I don't know why Sony/Samsung/etc. shoot themselves in the foot by not just getting Google to support these things directly the way Microsoft does.

    At this point I'd rather have a Windows tablet anyway, BUT there are still some oddball tablet-style programs only available for the tablet OSes.
  • squidsurprise - Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - link

    Anyone else notice that the camera has decreased in quality from the z2? Wonder why?
  • Montago - Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - link
  • Laxaa - Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - link

    I wish they had announced the Z4 and Z4 Compact phones, but with this tablet launching in june, they're in no hurry(assuming the phones wil launch alongside it)

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