Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review

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  • Sony's latest tablet is lighter, thinner and more powerful but can it topple the iPad Air? Find out in our Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review

    Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review

    Love

    • Slim
    • waterproof chassis
    • Fantastic screen
    • Great battery life

    Hate

    • Large bezel
    • Lots of bloatware

    The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is the brand's updated version of the Sony Xperia Z Tablet - in the same way that the Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone has been updated to take on the new HTC One M8.

    In a similar vein it's clear that Sony's now got its sights firmly set on taking down the iPad Air - the Xperia Z2 is lighter, more powerful and thinner and it's also waterproof.

    Of course simply spurting specs does not make a great tablet - it's how it integrates into your daily life, whether it can survive the commute and of course the ever-important battery question - can it survive a day.

    Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet: Size and build

    The Xperia Z2 is thinner than before, now measuring in at a truly impressive 6.4mm making it the thinnest tablet in its class and one of the thinnest consumer devices in the world.

    Thankfully Sony has made sure the build quality is up to the task, so while the Z2 is thin and light (only 426g) it never feels flimsy. The matte back is solid and resilient and it's also grippy.

    You'll also be pleased to hear those sharp corners are now gone with the Z2 tablet matching the design changes of the Z2 smartphone.

    WATCH: Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hands-on preview video

    On the front you'll immediately notice how much space there is surrounding the screen, the bezels on the Z2 are significant.

    With this being primarily a landscape tablet we can see the advantage of having a space for your hands but ultimately it does make the Z2 so wide that you may struggle to hold it one-handed, a tablet for the commute, this is not.

    It's a superb piece of minimalist design, with most of the focus going on the display.

  • Sony's upgraded Android tab is the slimmest tablet in the world, but what else does it offer? Check out our Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hands-on review

    Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review

    Love

    • Slim
    • waterproof chassis
    • Fantastic screen
    • Great battery life

    Hate

    • Large bezel
    • Lots of bloatware

    The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is the slimmest tablet in the world, and the lightest above 8 inches, says its maker.

    Unveiled at the MWC show in Barcelona, alongside the flagship Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone and the mid-range Sony Xperia M2 handset, the new tablet features a totally waterproof chassis, along with digital noise cancelling and Qualcomm's next-gen processor.

    It will replace the existing Sony Xperia Z Tablet and goes head to head with the likes of the iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) and the Google Nexus 10. Article continues after the video.

    Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet: Size and build

    Measuring just 6.4mm in depth, the Z2 Tablet is indeed very slim - even slimmer than the Sony Xperia Z1 and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact smartphones. The Wi-Fi version tips the scales at a lightweight 426g while the LTE model is slightly heavier at 439g. In our short hands-on with the tablet, we were impressed by the lightweight body premium build quality.

    Sony has wisely moved the speakers to the front of the tablet so that they no longer sit awkwardly underneath your hands if you're holding the tablet.

    The tablet is available in black or white and has a chic matte finish.

    Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet: Features

    Like the new Z2 phone, the new tablet is now totally waterproof (to IP58 standard), unlike Sony's previous tablet which was only water resistant and not entirely waterproof.

    The Z2 Tablet features the same built-in digital noise cancelling as the Z2 smartphone. This works with Sony's compatible earphones, which will be bundled with the UK version of the phone (Sony hasn't yet confirmed whether it will bundle them with the tablet as well, but we're guessing it will). Like the phone, the noise cancelling wizardry won't work to full effect with other headphones.

    The tablet packs an impressive 6000mAh battery, which Sony reckons should give you 10 hours of multimedia usage time. Obviously we haven't been able to test that just yet, but it's something we'll be looking at in more detail in our full review.

    A range of accesories will be available including a Bluetooth keyboard, a dock and a remote control, which also doubles up as a handset to use for voice calls on the LTE version of the tablet.

    Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet: Screen

    The Z2 Tablet sports a 10.1-inch Full HD 1080p resolution screen with a resolution of 1,980 x 1,200. Like the new Z2 phone, the screen features Sony's Triluminos and X-Reality tech - both seen in Sony's TV range.

    The new tablet also features a new version of Live Colour LED which is designed to boost the colour range of the screen without increasing the saturation.

    The new IPS also means that the viewing angle is far better than that of its predecessor and the colours stay bright and vibrant even when you're watching from the side.

    Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet: Camera

    The tablet's camera specs look pretty respectable with an 8.1MP rear cam with 8x digital zoom and 1080p video capture on board. You'll also get a 2.2MP front-facing camera, which is capable of 1080p recording.

    Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet: Performance

     

    Running Android KitKat 4.4 on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-core processor at 2.3 GHz with an Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM, the Z2 Tablet is no slouch when it comes to performance. The UI zips along with no lag and video looks sharp without any noticeable judder or pixellation.

    Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet: Verdict

    The Xperia Z2 Tablet is instantly impressive thanks to its slim build and incredibly lightweight chassis. We also liked the quality of the screen and the noise cancelling audio, but obviously we'll be taking a closer look at all that as soon as we can get a review sample in at T3 Towers. Stay tuned...

    Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet: Xperia Z2 Tablet release date: March 2014

    Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet price: TBC

    Hands-on review by Libby Plummer

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