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Feb
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Along with a new flagship phone, Sony has raised the curtain on a new high-end tablet at Mobile World Congress. Like previous Sony designs, the Xperia Z2 Tablet takes its name, looks, and general hardware from the Z2 smartphone. The most impressive part is the Snapdragon 801 processor, which should be able to take all comers with its 2.26Ghz quad-core architecture.

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The rest of the tablet is lagging a little bit when compared to newer offerings from Samsung. The screen is a 10.1-inch panel with a 1080p resolution - not bad, but for a flagship tablet Sony really could have pushed the pixels higher. With 3GB of RAM the Z2 Tablet should be able to handle a boatload of simultaneous apps and processes. The rear camera is 8.1MP - very nice for a tablet - with a 2.2MP shooter on the front.

But what Sony fans really love is the external design, and the Z2 Tablet does not disappoint. Despite using a large 6000mAh battery, the tablet is an impressive 6.4mm thin and just 425 grams for the WiFi version - Sony calls it "the world's slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet." (Like all of Sony's recent designs, the Z2 Tablet has basic water and dust ingress protection.) That skinny build might have something to do with the bezels, which are considerably larger than some of the other 10.1-inch tablets that have been announced recently.

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Sony's press release didn't say anything about software, but like the Xperia Z2, it seems that Android 4.4 is a pretty safe bet. As usual Sony has filled it with manufacturer customizations at just about every level. The Xperia Z2 Tablet will be available in black and white starting in March, and an LTE version is also in the works.

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It may take Sony considerably more time to bring it to the American market. Various accessories, including a media dock and a keyboard case, will be marketed alongside the tablet.

Update: XperiaBlog has a list of European prices, with the base 16GB model coming in at £399.00/€499.00 (in most locations), the 32GB going for fifty pounds or Euros more, and the 16GB LTE version coming in at £499.00/€649.00. Considering the general exchange rate for hardware, I'd expect the corresponding US models (should they all make it over here) to start at around the $450 mark and go up to $600.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Mathias Kenting

    Make an 7-8 inch, and I'll buy no matter what price.

  • Sourabh Sekhar

    Except the screen's resolution everything else looks good.
    Will have to wait for the nexus 10 2014

  • LondonLeedsFan

    Looks great - probably way too expensive like the last one they made.

  • MichelSardou

    399 € announced.... My precious...

  • hocestquisumus

    This is a no-brainer. After about 15 tablets from the low-end to the top-end I stuck with the XTZ since the day it became available here. Want, now.

  • mlj11

    I don't understand why Sony would release a 10"+ tablet with this resolution in 2014 and consider it a flagship. Samsung's already blown past this with a couple of similarly sized tablets but with 2560x1600 screens - which were released quite some time ago already! Let's not forget that even Sammy's Tab Pro 8.4 has that higher pixel count.

    I'm pretty sure more Android OEMs will be following Sammy's lead and releasing tablets with higher pixel density screens than this. (And not to mention Apple's tablets already surpass it.)

    Another confounding point is all dat bezel. We're at a point in time when most devices are almost all pencil-thin enough already and OEM's are starting to tout their lack of bezels rather than thinness as a marketing factor, but apparently Sony didn't get that memo.

    Sigh.

    • Ror

      Call me back when theres video content for a 2560x1600 display. (there isn't)

      • mlj11

        Ok. What's your number? (there will be)

      • godutch

        It's not just movies, the pixel density is low low on this tablet I can see subpixels and fonts just really look bad in portrait with such a low resolution

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    The bezel... Oh god, the bezel, IT'S AWFUL, NNNNOOOOOOO

    • godutch

      It's light, so with that large bezel it's easy to hold with just one hand

      • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

        You're anyway holding a 10-inch tablet in one hand when using it! When were 10-inch tablets ever used with two hands?

        • godutch

          on your lap but the original tablet z I could easily lay on my back and hold it with one hand

          • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

            You only think so. Try. Even a 350 grams N7 is tough after prolonged use, the way you describe it!

          • godutch

            You need to work out more if even the n7 is too heavy for you

          • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

            Ok, Arnie.
            Say Arnie, do you understand the term "PROLONGED" usage? Do you? DO YOU?

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

      Agree.

      They would've as well made a 10-inch screen and a 40-inch tablet size! That's how this looks.

    • Ibrahim Yusuf

      why are small bezels such an important thing? me personally I don't care much about it

    • Holla

      I don't get why people care so much about bezels on a tablet? Especially a 10" one... Are you a midget or something?

  • Konstigt2

    "The screen is a 10.1-inch panel with a 1080p resolution - not bad, but for a flagship tablet Sony really could have pushed the pixels higher"

    Why do you need more than 1080p for a 10" screen? To get worse batteri life? To get worse gaming performance?

    • Ror

      I prefer overheating the gpu, personally.

    • Oğuz Can Ayverdi

      Presumably to get sharper display. I see why you might find 1080p more than enough, but there are also good reasons for wanting a higher resolution.

    • John-Phillip Saayman

      Nexus 10 resolution.. That's what it should have. Why go lower for something premium like this.

      • Konstigt2

        So it should have a higher resolution just because the Nexus 10 had it and that is "premium"? Ok..

        • John-Phillip Saayman

          No not because the Nexus 10 had it, because this is a premium tablet and it should have the best screen or match it's competitors. Full HD on tablets is not new at all.

          • Konstigt2

            Sounds more reasonable to improve specs where it's needed, not just because they can be improved and to beat competitors with higher specs.

            I'm sure you have the LG G Flex and that BT enabled toothbrush .. :) (two examples of stupid tech that is developed just because, not based on actual needs)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Oh come on. 1920x1080 on a 10.1" display is about 218ppi. Yeah, it's not your Commodore 64, but even the OG Droid had a better resolution than that (264ppi on a 3.7" display). Don't get me wrong, I think that the pixel pushing game is ridiculous and anything more than 1080p in a phone is absurd, but a tablet is an entirely different ball game. It takes more pixels to reach the same level of quality that you get on a phone of the same resolution and plenty of tablets have come out that show you can get at least 300ppi on a tablet just like you can on a phone without getting miserable performance.

      • Konstigt2

        Yep, you are probably right. 1080p on a 5" phone is, IMHO, maybe a bit overkill but still not too excessive. Maybe the sweet spot. So yeah, maybe the Nexus 10's resolution was the sweet spot of a 10" device.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Why can't there be higher PPI with the same resolution?

  • godutch

    Really disappointed with the low resolution. I had the original tablet z and I could distinguish the subpixels even :(

    • Felipe Pimenta

      Wow, you must have super eyes or something. I can barely distinct the pixels even with my eyes almost touching the screen.

      • godutch

        yup nearsighted and 20/10 (actually this eye was of the chart :p) 20/13 vision....

  • Matthias

    1080p... but its not "real" 1080p (1920x1080), right? Looks like its a 16:10 panel, i.e. 1920x1200...

  • John charitos

    Looks great i have to say so thin! Display even though 1080 p You don't know till you use it. But as premium tablet you want premium specs and that display doesn't sound like it

  • xdapao3

    AWESOME tablet but a fundamental question: does it still have the FUCKING STUPID screen protector its predecessor had??
    I got the first version as soon as it came out especially because of its fantastic light weight but had to return it after a couple of days because it had a screen protector which was an integral part of the display (if you removed it the glass beneath wasn't scratch proof and didn't have an oleophobic coating). The screen protector, of course, assured the display was very much scratch prone AND it also wasn't very slick so not easy to swipe upon (and pretty reflective to boot). CRAZY.
    If they went with a normal "bare" screen, this time, I would be very tempted to get this instead of the Samsung Tab Pro 10.1 (a "feather" itself) I was planning to get. Its even lighter weight is just unbelievable... (I just hope it doesn't come at the battery life's expense)

  • OmniWrench

    I wonder if they'll drop the price on the first one... Hmm...

  • mehim

    Well, no stylus = no me throwing money at the salesman like I said last year :/... Shame

  • AsgerK

    I really don't understand this higher resolution madness, I use 1080p on my 23" desktop screen, and I imagine many others do as well, as long as the content is crisp, the resolution doesn't really matter.
    Why in the world would I want a higher resolution on a 10" tablet, which is less that 4 times smaller than my desktop screen? People think they need 1080p+ on tablets because manufacturers make devices with more than 1080p...