Sony’s latest flagship tablet packs familiar Xperia stylings, a 2K display and a premium thin and light build. The Xperia Z4 marks a significant step up over the Xperia Z2 Tablet it replaces, and is specced to compete with the iPad Air 2.
The tablet holds onto its predecessor’s 10.1-inch display size with a 16:10 aspect ratio, but ups the resolution to 2,560 x 1,600, giving it 299 pixels per inch. The design language stays true to the Xperia line – though the edges here are a little rounder than previous tablets – and at 6.1 mm (0.24 in), it’s exactly the same thickness as an iPad Air 2, and 24 percent thinner than a Nexus 9. It’s also one of the lightest tablets, coming in at 392 g (0.86 lb).
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There are front-facing stereo speakers on board, as well as 5.1 and 8 MP cameras on the front and rear, respectively. Sony will offer an LTE variant of the slate alongside a standard Wi-Fi-only model.
The device runs on a 64-bit, 2 GHz Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor paired with 3 GB of RAM and up to 32 GB of storage. There’s a microSD card reader included, and the tablet packs the latest 5.0 Lollipop flavor of Android, the first version of Google’s OS to make use of 64-bit chips. There’s a 6,000 mAh battery keeping things running, with Sony quoting 17 hours of video playback on a single charge.
Sony’s mobile hardware is routinely some of the most durable around, and the Z4 Tablet looks to be no exception, coming with IP65 and IP68 waterproof and dust resistance.
Like a lot of other flagship tablets, the Z4 Tablet can be paired with a Bluetooth keyboard, significantly increasing its productivity. The tablet clips into Sony's BKB50 Bluetooth Keyboard, which includes a touchpad and carries its own battery, which the company claims is good for a full month of typing (based on two hours use per day).
There’s no word on pricing yet, but both the Wi-Fi and LTE versions of the tablet will be available in June 2015. Check out the video below for a look at the Xperia Z4 Tablet.