Hands on with the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet


Sony brought its latest flagship tablet, the Xperia Z4 Tablet, to Mobile World Congress. We went hands-on with the tablet that looks set to go toe-to-toe with Apple’s iPad Air 2.

While the Xperia Z2 Tablet is a year old, it remains one of the lightest and thinnest tablets on the market. Sony goes one step further this year with the release of the Xperia Z4 Tablet, which is just 6.1mm thick and weighs 393g. It’s certainly impressive to feel just how light it is. And actually thinner than a pen!

Despite its slight measurements, the Xperia Z4 Tablet doesn’t compromise on specs or features. It boasts an octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip with 3GB RAM. It comes with 32GB expandable memory, stereo speakers, and a large 6,000 mAh battery. This means that the Xperia Z4 Tablet is capable of 17 hours of video playback, more than enough for even the most avid movie fan.

Responding to user feedback, Sony reduced the size of the bezel around the screen. This means that the screen itself takes up most of the area on offer on the front of the 10.1-inch device. It is a gorgeous screen with a 2K resolution (2,560 x 1,600). The Xperia Z4 Tablet also makes use of Sony’s Triluminos technology and X-Reality Mobile engine to enhance the display even further.

Like other devices bearing the Z moniker, the Xperia Z4 Tablet is waterproof. We didn’t get to throw water at the Z4 Tablet itself…yet…but other devices have held up to close scrutiny. It is IP68-certified, meaning it has a dust-tight shell and can be submerged in up to 1.5m of fresh water for 30 minutes. The USB port no longer requires a cap; it’s sealed internally. So, once the port is dried out after the tablet takes a dip it’ll work perfectly.

While consumers will appreciate the Xperia Z4 Tablet’s specs and features, Sony is making a big push to appeal to business customers too. One of the most prominent examples of this is the Bluetooth keyboard, which Sony says brings a “premium laptop experience.” The tablet slots into this effortlessly and, once clicked in, a menu bar and task bar pops up.

We’re excited about the Xperia Z4. It’s sleek and lightweight enough to carry anywhere, yet we don’t have to worry about it getting ruined by a rain shower or a dip in the tub. And it manages this without sacrificing on power or key features.

The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet will be released worldwide in June.

In Short: Sony unveiled the Xperia Z4 Tablet at Mobile World Congress this week. We got to go hands on with the nimble device, which may shake up the tablet market.

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