After all the recent leaks of Sony’s new flagship tablet, today we finally got to see the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet unveiled, and among Android tablets you can’t get any higher or more impressive specifications as of today.
Just let these specs sink in: (UPDATE: Upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in May 2016) Android 5.0 Lollipop, a waterproof 10.1-inch screen with 2560 x 1600 resolution, the new 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB RAM, a 5.1MP front camera and a 8MP camera on the rear, a 17 hour battery life, a thickness of 6.1 mm, and the lowest weight ever on a 10.1-inch tablet at 389 gram!
Is this tablet heaven or what?
There are only three tablets that comes close to the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet in terms of capacity and completeness, though they all have lower specs. The first two are Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1, both of which will get an upgrade soon, while the third tablet is the predecessor, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.
So despite having had a tablet that have been class leading for a year already, Sony is still upgrading it, and consequently move even further away from their competition with this one.
The specifications are a joy to go through. It begins with the 64-bit quad-core 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, which is a new chip with a lot of goodies in it, with 4K video streaming support, and even integrated Bluetooth 4.1. The GPU is then the Adreno 430. This is the first tablet to run this new processor.
This processor supports DDR4 RAM, and Sony has continued with a capacity of 3GB of RAM. Storage options are 32GB max, but with high microSD card expansion capacity, up to 128GB.
Sony have always had great tablet display, just like Samsung have had. Sony have learned that numbers means a lot when people are evaluating tablets, so even if the Full HD resolution of the predecessor was already very good, Sony have for the first time given one of their tablets a 2560 x 1600 resolution display. The underlying display technology is still the same Live Colour LED TRILUMINOS of the predecessor, which is a good choice, though we have to admit that Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology still have a slight upper hand. Even if it’s minuscule.
Sony haven’t cut corners with this device, so all the specs and all the details are in place with this tablet. They have obviously gone with their own Sony cameras, so the 8.1MP rear camera and the 5.1MP front camera are very usable, which have not always been the case with tablet cameras.
Sony’s tablets have always had better sound than it’s rivals, and the Sony 3D Surround Sound and other sound technology now have even greater support, including RDS radio.
Like the other of Sony’s tablet over the years, it continues to be waterproof and dust tight with a IP65 and IP68 rating respectively.
With the average weight of a 10.1-inch tablet being 600 gram, the weight that Sony have shaved off from an average tablet is the equivalent of the weight of a large 5 to 6-inch smartphone! And this was done despite having class leading specs and a very large battery. It’s lighter than iPad Air 2 too, even if the iPad is a smaller tablet.
We are looking forward to writing more about the the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet after the testing of it. The only thing that could have made this tablet even more interesting would have been digitizer support and USB 3.0.
Sony says that Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet will launch worldwide in June, which have previously meant a month later in the US. But hopefully Sony will have spent as much attention to detail in distribution as they have on the design of their tablet this year.
– Jim Miller