Sony Unveils the Xperia Z2 Tablet: A Sleek New Challenger
Sony recently unveiled the Xperia Z2 Tablet which replaces the antiquated Xperia Z. The Tablet, which weighs at 0.96 pounds and has starting price of $500, is Sony’s latest attempt at challenging Apple’s iPad product line.
The front panel of the device boasts a 1920 x 1200 pixel native resolution with a 224 ppi (pixel per inch) density, a 10.1-inch LCD display incorporating a scratch resistant, durable tempered glass which is encased in a 6.4mm thick plastic body with rubberized flaps covering the main ports in order to make it waterproof — a trait which is nonexistent in Apple’s iPad Air.
The LCD reaps the full benefits of Sony’s TRILUMINOS display and Live Colour LED technology, which have seen previous use in Sony’s Bravia televisions, enabling it to reproduce richer colours and more uniform backlighting.
Like most other tablets in the market, it features front- and rear- facing cameras which are 2.2 megapixels and 8 megapixels, respectively.
The rear facing camera, which takes full advantage of Sony’s Exmor R sensor, features a 16x digital zoom and is fully capable of video recording at a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. Similarly, the front facing camera is capable of video chatting at 1080p as well, however it records video at 720p.
The tablet is powered by a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Quad-core processor and an Adreno 330 GPU (graphics processing unit) which enables it to execute any graphic intensive application with relative ease and allows the user to experience 3D video games seamlessly.
The device features a 6000 mAh battery which can impressively run video content for upto 10 hours however, it drains too much power when video games are run, and seemingly doesn’t conserve battery life well enough when left on standby mode.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet which offers 4G LTE wireless capability, unlike the iPad Air, comes preinstalled with Google’s flagship Android 4.4 (Kitkat) operating system and is equipped with 3GB of RAM.
The tablet comes with a 16GB or 32 GB internal storage capacity and supports microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC cards which can allow it to increase its storage capacity up to 128 GB.
The device, which is available in two colors for the 16 GB variant, allows the user to choose from a wide range of accessories which can improve the gadgets usability by 10 folds.
Some of the more interesting accessories include a Bluetooth enabled speaker integrated with a Magnetic Charging dock, a fully operational Bluetooth remote which acts as a handset, and a portable keyboard which, you guessed it, connects to the tablet via Bluetooth and comes with a protective tablet cover.
In a nutshell, the Xperia Z2 is a great alternative to Apple’s iPad products and feels great while using, and should be strongly considered by those looking for a premium Android tablet.