The new Android 4.4 flagship tab for Sony – the Xperia Z2 Tablet – has been officially unveiled with a 10.1 inch HD display, 8MP camera, powerful internals and, you guessed it, a waterproof body. Impressively, the Z2 is also both thinner and lighter than the Apple iPad Air, coming in with an ultra-sleek profile of just 6.4mm and weight of 426g. That’s 1.1mm and 43g less than the Air, respectively.
There’s also a 4G LTE model, which is the same width but weighs 439g.
All that jazz
Despite being uber thin and light, the Z2 doesn’t appear to have sacrificed much in the way of hardware. It rocks a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. There’s a MicroSD port if you want to add up to a further 64GB to that.
The 10.1 inch display boasts a better-than-1080p resolution of 1900x1200 and is powered by the Adreno 320 GPU. Sony claims something called 'Live Color LED display' on both the Z2 tablet and Z2 flagship smartphone, gives them both the ‘best color gamut’ of any mobile device. We look forward to seeing this for ourselves. Essentially, the Z2 tablet is pretty much an upsized, thinner version of the Xperia Z2, but with an 8MP camera instead of 20.7MP and a big 6000mAh battery.
One design choice we particularly like is that Sony has brought the dual speakers around to the front. While we feel the credit for this goes to HTC for last year’s BoomSound release, we’re still very happy to see this victory for common sense seeing wide-spread adoption.
Should we be excited?
Yes. The Xperia Z2 sounds like a fantastic device on paper. It manages to combine high-end internals with an impressively thin and light frame. On top of all of that it’s waterproof: able to be fully immersed in over 1 metre (3 feet) of water for over half an hour (rated IP55 and IP58).
There’s no pricing available yet, but unless it’s ludicrously expensive we can’t foresee any problems. It’ll hit shelves globally sometime in March.