17
Feb
wm_Sony

A bit of new information out of @evleaks points to possible specs for the still unannounced Sony Xperia Tablet Z2. The first one was a big departure for Sony's past tablet designs, but it was also a good device. If the leaked specs are to be believed, the sequel is going to be a lot like the first one – a little too much like it, perhaps.

The Tablet Z2 is reportedly going to pack a Snapdragon 800 ARM chip, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with a microSD slot, 8MP/2MP cameras, a 10.1-inch 1920x1200 LCD, and a 6,000mAh battery. The processor and RAM are both getting a bump from the 2013 model, but otherwise it's very similar. The battery is the same, as is the screen and the camera setup.

The Z2 is expected to be waterproof in usual Sony style, but it's going to be slightly thinner. Last year's model was 6.9mm thick, but the Z2 may only be 6.4mm. The last tablet was very comfortable thanks in large part to its slim frame. This device will likely launch with Android 4.4, but it's not clear when we'll see it for sale. It might make an appearance at MWC.

[+evleaks]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Milind Shah

    One question. Why do tablets need to be waferproof? I can understand phones being waterproof as people use it in their washrooms for all sorts of purposes, but why tablets? In trying to make the device waterproof, they have to do somethings somewhere that make the device bad...

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      some people use them in the tub...I don't but some people....

    • mattj78

      I use my Nexus 7 in the kitchen when cooking and I always worry about getting it wet so I could see it could be useful there maybe

      • Milind Shah

        Well it won't completely be wet if used in the kitchen imo, but I agree

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        You shouldn't worry that much unless you spill a whole glass of water on it. A couple of water drops would not kill the tablet

        • Himmat Singh

          Even a whole glass of water won't do damage.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

          Phones can withstand some rain as well, right?
          If my phone isn't waterproof, I'm just not going to put it in the rain. You never know how unlucky you may get. I'm always very careful with my devices, even a single drop of water on my screen makes me nervous. That's just how I am.

          Waterproofing I see more as a reassurance, that whatever you do to it (realistically), water won't kill it. And especially those who like to use their tablets for kitchen help, a water resistant tablet really comes in handy. Not just for withstanding water drops, but also for allowing the tablet to be washed off under the sink when you got it dirty.

    • Sean Lumly

      Given the option, I personally would easily take a water-proof/resistant device over one that was not. And I doubt that the feature adds appreciably to the price as it can be incorporated into the design (water-resistant case), and hydrophobic treatments cost very little these days (water-proofing).

      While it may not be a make-or-break selling-point, a little more durability is a step in the right direction for consumer electronics.

    • Himmat Singh

      It's just a way for Sony to integrate technology they already have at their disposal and differentiate themselves from the competition.

    • jaduncan

      Some people work outdoors.

  • djrosko

    I'm especially curious about the thickness of the bezel

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Oh come on, where's LTE? Where are 32GB and 64GB options? And it looks like it's gonna be expensive again

    I would have bought the original Xperia Tablet Z if it didn't cost 800$, but why would I when I can get a Nexus 10 for almost half of that price?

    So unless XTZ2 costs 500-600$ max - it's a no-no

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

      I would have bought the original Xperia Tablet Z if it didn't cost 800$

      Here's a heads-up:
      The original Xperia Tablet Z will be much cheaper once the Tablet Z2 has made its appearance.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Well obviously it will. But Sony already lost me as a potential customer, their prices are too high here in my country

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

          Hmm, they do price their gear a bit high, I give you that.
          Then again, you do get a lot of Sony schtuff to go with it. It all depends on how much Sony you're using (I'm starting to consider getting myself a Playstation because these devices seem to connect with it in all sorts of ways).

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Yeah Sony devices are awesome if you are into their ecosystem. A perfect combination is VAIO laptop + Xperia ohoe or tablet + PS3 + Bravia TV

            Sadly I own only one of those

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

            Don't be sad, I currently only have an Xperia S (or hopefully today my Z1 will arrive, meaning that I'd have two Sony products :)

            All other Sony devices are too expensive to me for what they actually offer. I did buy a laptop recently and I did try to consider getting a Sony one, but for a similar laptop to what I have now but with a Sony logo on top, I'd have to pay close to €100,- extra.

  • Sean Lumly

    Why, oh, why is the battery only 6000mAh? This could have been a tablet with epic battery-life given the smartphone SoC (a MAJOR selling feature, IMHO), but nope, Sony in their infinite wisdom has provided *just enough* battery for a likely mediocre experience.

    This cost-first, experience-second mentality isn't making Android tablets any more endearing. The premium Xperia Z brand, should be equipped with premium parts. This device seems banal at best.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Thickness limitations

      • Sean Lumly

        This is likely the case.

        • Ricardo Kummel

          I, for one, don't care for thickness. My Transformer TF700 can last for days streaming audio to my car. The Aquiles heel is the screen + wifi (and the fact that the nand on these asus tablets are too damn slow). Other than that, 5 days on Bluetooth streaming.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          It's actually more of a balancing topic rather than trade offs. Apple seem to have found that balance in iPad Air, Sony did not.

          Besides personally I would like a light device that does not make my hands suffer after using it for a long time, which is why I absolutely love my N7 2013, and for a 10" - the Nexus 10 is also nice, but I still think it could be made just a tad thinner and at least 50-100 grams lighter, but with that screen I guess it would hurt the battery too much.

          So I am waiting for the second gen now

      • Ricardo Kummel

        I would love to have the same "old" thickness and more battery than thinner and same battery..

    • TY

      Because weight...remember the iPad Air?

      • Sean Lumly

        Even the iPad Air had a 8820mAh battery.

  • Himmat Singh

    Is 6000 mAh a bit too small? My A510 has a 9800 mAh battery, while my Lumia 1320 phone has a 3,300 mAh battery. Both only have 720p displays while this has 1080p.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Previous model had the same battery. And you gotta consider that Sony couldn't put a bugger one due to the thickness

  • godutch

    Disappointing specs, only a snapdragon 800 (a 2013 processor) but the big deal breaker is the screen resolution of course. I had the Z, I had to return it because it had a dead subpixel and subpixels were really visible it made reading in portrait less than enjoyable.

    Oh yeah when I had already arranged the return, I went to the pool, one of the seals turned out to be leaky and the tablet got water damaged, luckily the screen still turned on and I got my money back

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Full HD is more than enough for 10"

      • Sean Lumly

        Even 720p is "enough," but what matters is consumer preference. 1080p may be a tougher sell when put side-by-side with a 1600p screen.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          IMO 720p is okay for 7 and 8" even though I like how the screen looks on N7 2013. Beyond that - graphic artifacts and awful pixelization. And bigger resolutions than 1080p are just gimmicks, on both the latest iPads and Sammy tablets

          • Sean Lumly

            I fully disagree. I am really looking forward to 2560x1440/1600 on a 7" tablet and/or 5.7" phablet.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Lolno, THAT is an overkill now

      • godutch

        No it is not, not for me, I could see the subpixels on the original Tablet Z

      • Himmat Singh

        Indeed.

    • Himmat Singh

      You sir have a placebo effect. Unless you are sticking your face into a tablet, there is no way you can discern individual pixels on the screen from about 8inch to a feet away with your eyes. No way!

      • godutch

        You just have poor eyes but don't claim I can't see see pixels on the Tablet Z because I can but I think most people will be able to see the difference in font rendering especially in portrait mode (since the subpixels are oriented rgb in landscape)

  • Sean Royce

    I'm always excited for new technology, but tablets just aren't for me. I've owned two in the past and ended up selling both of them. I find them gimmicky and unproductive. If I want something productive, I'll use my laptop.

  • Sourabh Sekhar

    If this is cheaper than the next nexus 10, only then will i buy it for those specs.The next nexus will outclass it

  • Naga Sridhar

    Z2? What happened to Z1? Did I miss something..Shouldnt the tablet go from Z to Z1?

    • Himmat Singh

      It's like The Big Bang Theory > The Big Bang Theory (Season) 2.

      • Naga Sridhar

        I understand that. There phone went from Z to Z1. Now Z1 to Z2. Shouldnt they follow the same rule for the tablet? Or is it just that they skipped a generation and moved to Z2?

  • Jephri

    I have the original model and I have never drained the battery in one day of use. The device is excellent and I think this may be an automatic purchase for me.

  • Felipe Pimenta

    For those "complaining" of a small battery, think that the thickness will DECREASE and the same, probably, with the weight. Also, as a owner of a Tablet Z, I can say the battery is awesome. I've managed already 1d16h with it. 1/3 or 1/4 (not exactly sure) of that time, WiFi was on, and 8h of screen. (minimum brightness, enough for basically all uses, exceto direct sunlight, which isn't THAT bad just make it a harder job)...

    Now think that both devices have basically the same specs, except for a more power efficient processor, which should help with battery life

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