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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Hands-On Preview
by Dragan Petric -  2/25/2014

Precisely a year after the reveal of Xperia Tablet Z, Sony has unveiled its successor at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona: the Xperia Z2 Tablet. This means one of the best 10-inch Android tablets has a new version, but its upgrade is only limited to the chipset, while almost all the other features have either remained unaltered or have slightly been improved.

Despite its evolutionary not revolutionary shift, the Z2 Tablet has drawn a lot of attention at MWC because it has been updated in such a way that it can compete with the most powerful tablets on the market.

Build & Design

[click to view image]Even now, its greatest quality is its waterproof feature, along with its fantastic design and convincing performance. The device is half a millimeter slimmer (it is now 6.4 millimeters thick) and is some 10% lighter, weighing in at 440 grams (15.5 oz.) The weight decrease is rather evident when the tablet is held in hand -- it leaves the impression of being significantly lighter than what the specs claim.

The display offers a high level of sharpness for the stated diagonal (224 ppi), which is its biggest plus. Just like with the original Tablet Z, brightness is above average, much like color vividness. On the other hand, the Xperia Z2 Tablet has problems in the contrast sustainability department, as it can be somewhat lost, differing on the viewing angle.

Compared to smartphones, this tablet's display quality matches that of Xperia Z1. It is slightly lower than what the new Xperia Z2 has to offer (which was also presented at MWC), but it is still insignificantly higher than the previous Xperia Tablet Z. Anyway, its quality is still above average; that said, there are competing 10-inch models which have a display that leaves a somewhat better impression (especially AMOLED).

Performance

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with four 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor cores and Adreno 330 graphics, plus its 3 GB of RAM, fantastically handle with the 1200 x 1920-pixel TFT screen and Android OS 4.4.2 (KitKat). All tasks run exceptionally fluidly, without any glitching, not even when the most complex of tasks are performed, i.e. forwarding video clips after running a few games, zooming in or swiftly scrolling heavy web sites. Given the slight alteration of the user interface compared to pure Android OS, this is perhaps the fastest tablet with the Google OS in the world at the moment.

[click to view image]It is a shame that it has just 16 GB of memory storage; however, this capacity can be expanded with microSD cards.

Apart from the latest Android version, the Xperia Z2 Tablet has no software-wise novelties, and anyone who upgrades their Xperia Tablet Z to Android 4.4 will have the identical device -- in this aspect.

Even the battery is the same, but its 6000 mAh capacity offers slightly better battery life on the latest tablet version, given that the combination of the new Android version and the latest Snapdragon offers optimized energy management, compared to the previous version of this device.

Preliminary Conclusion

At this point, it looks like users who have the Xperia Tablet Z will probably not find justification to invest in the Xperia Z2 Tablet, but those who wish to get their hands on a premium 10-inch tablet with Android OS for the first time will surely be pleased with Sony's latest. 

It will be available in white and black when it is released next month.

To get more of our Mobile World Congress news coverage from the tradeshow floor, head over to our dedicated MWC pag

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