Along with its new Xperia Z2 and Xperia M smartphones, Sony today introduced its newest Xperia-branded tablet. Dubbed the Xperia Z2 Tablet, the new slab is the follow-up to the Xperia Tablet Z, which launched in early 2013.
As with its previous Xperia Tablet, Sony has made the Xperia Z2 Tablet's size a major focus of the device, touting it as the "world's slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet." The Xperia Z2 Tablet measures in a 6.4mm thick, a hair thinner than the 6.9mm-thick Xperia Tablet Z. The new Xperia tablet weighs in at 426g or 439g, depending on whether you're holding the Wi-Fi or 3G/LTE model, and it also boasts IP55 and IP58 ratings for its waterproof feature.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet features a 10.1-inch 1920x1080 Triluminos display with Sony's new Live Color LED tech, which pairs red and green phosphor with blue LEDs to produce a brighter and more uniform light. The front of the Xperia Z2 Tablet also houses a 2.2-megapixel camera, while its backside plays host to an 8.1-megapixel shooter with a Superior Auto mode that combines several software features to try and apply the optimal settings to captured images.
Powering the Xperia Z2 Tablet is a combination of a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM, just like the Xperia Z2, as well as a 6000mAh battery and 4G LTE connectivity. Some of the other notable features included with the Xperia Z2 Tablet are Sony's Front Surround dynamic audio, noise cancelling tech that can block up to 98 percent of ambient noise when paired with noise cancelling headphones and a Wireless Controller feature that allows users to connect a PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 controller for gaming on the go.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet will begin rolling out around the globe in March in black and white color options. There's no word yet on how much the slate will cost when it launches, but the original Xperia Tablet Z hit the market at $499, and it's possible that the equally high-end Xperia Z2 Tablet could carry a similar price tag. The Z2 Tablet boasts a pretty impressive feature set, though, and so it could be worth a look for anyone interested in a slim, entertainment-centric slate.