Flagship season is upon us, but noticeable in its absence is the latest flagship smartphone from Sony, which has now been pushed back to accommodate Sony’s move away from their bi-annual release cycle. Nevertheless, Sony hasn’t come to MWC 2015 without its own bag of goodies, with the waterproof Xperia M4 Aqua, as well as the highly-anticipated latest addition to their high-end tablet lineup. At MWC 2015, we got to spend some time with the device, and here is our first look at the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet!

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Ever since the launch of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, we were wondering what Sony would do with regards to a tablet in the 10-inch form factor, with the answer arriving in the form of the Xperia Z4 Tablet. What Sony has done wonderfully well with both their flagship smartphones and tablets is to further refine the design language and build quality, even after it felt like things couldn’t get any better with the previous iteration. Not to mention the jump in specifications associated with the difference in generations.

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This holds true for the Xperia Z4 Tablet as well, which actually shares the design language of its smaller predecessor, and somehow manages to be even thinner and lighter than what was found with previous generations, with a thickness of just 6.1 mm, and weighing 389 grams. As far as the specifications go, apart from boasting the latest and greatest in terms of processing power, the display of the Xperia Z4 Tablet has been upgraded to a Quad HD resolution.

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In terms of design, the iconic large silver power button, along with the volume rocker, is found on the right side of the device, and like previous generations, comes with a soft touch plastic back that allows for some good grip. Of course, holding onto the device is quite comfortable not only because of the back cover material, but because of how thin and light this tablet is, despite its 10.1-inch display size.

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As mentioned, the specifications of the tablet have been updated to suit the times, with the Xperia Z4 Tablet packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, backed by the Adreno 430 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. In terms of storage, 16 GB and 32 GB are available built in, further expandable via microSD card. Everything under the hood is also well protected from the elements, with the Xperia Z4 Tablet also coming with the marquee feature of the high-end Xperia line, an IP65/68 rating for resistance to dust and water.

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While the device still packs a 8 MP camera as seen on its predecessor, the front-facing camera has been upgraded to a 5 MP unit, which is great for any video chatting you may do or to take selfies with your tablet, if that is something you do. As far as the rear camera is concerned, there is no flash available, but you should still be able to get some decent look shots in good lighting conditions with this tablet.

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On the software side of things, the latest iteration of the minimalistic Xperia UI is found on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the influence of which is evident in the redesigned notification drop down and the new Overview screen. The Xperia UI has always been as close to stock as you can get when it comes to OEM skins, but there are some useful additions made by Sony that make their way over to the Z4 Tablet as well, such as Small Apps, to help with multi-tasking and to take advantage of the large screen real estate.

So there you have it – a quick look at the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet! It is yet another wonderful device offering from Sony, that brings with the best of the previous generations in a more refined, thinner, and lighter body, while packing the latest and greatest when it comes to power and display prowess.

Stay tuned with Android Authority as we bring you more from Sony, as well as all our other great coverage from MWC 2015!

Joshua Vergara
Writer, blogger, and videographer - Josh is a former support technician that learned much about technology by fixing everyone else's. On the side, he wrote and performed spoken word, maintained his own personal blogs, and began his own video podcast. Now, he's here at Android Authority looking to put it all together!
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  • kudimo22

    Nice :)

  • So much better. No tablet phone comes close

  • daggettbeaver

    Look at where they placed the front camera. It’s an obvious rip-off of Samsung Galaxy Tab. Can’t Sony innovate anything, or do they have to steal their ideas from Samsung? (For the humor-impaired, I’m mocking the way people are saying the Galaxy S6 is a rip-off of the iPhone 6 because there are similarities between the two bottoms.)

    • r41nier

      It’s supposed to be used with the keyboard dock which functions like a laptop. Do you know where most webcams on laptops are placed?

  • Vini

    It’s “really nice” that the true inovation of Sony is getting forgotten, that is the USB charging port been uncovered. No need for flaps to charge is a really exciting feature for me, even if it seems unimportant.

    • Vincentius Phang

      And the battery life. Is it sony’s marketing fail or the tech web’s ignorance to expose these wonderful feature of Sony.

      • aseuss

        Yeah, Sony should fire its marketing people. They often have the best stuff. Sony often gets the top awards at Germany design competitions like iF Design (which just gave the Z2 tablet a Gold medal). About the tech web, you basically can’t get a job writing about electronics unless you defend Apple at all costs. Yeah, they write about Samsung too because you can’t ignore a company that spends billions making fun of Apple in their commercials. Fact is, Sony’s OLD Xperia Z phone (which came out 2 years ago) still beat the iPhone 6 (just released) on most specs like camera, screen resolution, battery life, and central processor–and is waterproof and Playstation compatible.

        • Brandon Maceri

          they intentionally dont market to save on costs for the device to offer them at a lower price. they rely on dealers to sell the tablets to consumers.

  • MaxPower

    This is going to be extremely expensive!

  • Sperrybird

    This tablet could be so much smaller if they could get rid of that massive bezel.

    • Money Loo

      But then where would you put your fingers without messing up the touchscreen..

    • Steven Kelley

      Agreed. I understand why you would want it on a tablet, but it just seems to big for that screen size.

  • Jesus

    …seriously? Small Apps? How useful is it? It’s not… It’s nothing, especially when compared to something actually functional like Samsung’s Multi Window, or LG’s Dual Window.. which is why I went for a Galaxy Tab S, and not the Z2 Tablet.

    What can you do with Small Apps? Hmm… Have your Chrome bookmarks in a small window (Yes, only bookmarks, no browsing)… YouTube? Last time I checked, no. Clock widget? Yes, yay… Calculator widget? Yes, yay omg so useful…

    Seriously, what’s the point of Small Apps… for multi tasking? Ha!

    • Vuyo Ncube

      Movie viewer. Photo viewer. YouTube viewer. Browser. Calculator. Mirror. Stopwatch. Note taker. Voice recorder. Touch Blocker. Gmail. Email. Calendar. Unit converter. All on my Xperia Z1.

      Here’s a shovel. Get your head out of the sand, troglodyte.

      • inspire

        In addition, you can make any of the widget run as small app.

      • Jesus

        …and how useful are those? Also, whatever youtube ‘viewer’ is, there is no YouTube…

        All I wanted was Chrome (to actually browse, not to look at my bookmarks) and YouTube at the same time.

        Everything else is useless.

        • Vuyo Ncube

          Do you have sand in your eyes and struggle to read?

          “Browser” is self-explanatory. It’s an internet browser.

          “YouTube Viewer” is also self-explanatory. You view YouTube videos.

          “Movie Viewer” means you can watch stored videos while multitasking.

          “Media Viewer” means you view photos while multitasking.

          “Calculator” is also self-explanatory but you strangely fail to grasp its concept. You can calculate while multitasking.

          “Mirror” means you can quickly access the front facing camera while multitasking.

          “Stopwatch”. Self-explanatory.

          “Gmail” and “Email” means you can glance your emails.

          You can comprehend the purpose behind each of these and modern smartphone multitasking in general. Right?

          • Jesus

            Mate, TLDR.

            Do you even have one? You can’t view Youtube on a window… And no Chrome.

  • David Tchulukhadze

    The Sony tablet looks real cool and powerful but i don’t understand company’s view at all, why Sony creating so “latest and greatest” tablet ignoring flash light and also do not upgrading main camera???? (espacially Sony who owns one of the most advanced camera business in the world)

  • Craig Marker

    Joshua, I have to commend you on the great videos. Even in the middle of MWC, you make a high quality video of this tablet. Great stuff that keeps me coming back to your site.

  • Paul M

    I’d like to know about any LTE version.

    I see that Amazon.de have started listing the Z4 Tablet


    eur650, which is quite expensive, the LTE version not listed yet

  • aseuss

    Actually, the outgoing Xperia Z2 tablet just got a coveted GOLD medal in the 2015 iF Design awards competition. The Jury noted that it’s hard to stand out in the tablet segment, but Sony managed to do it, with a super-thin, featherweight case that happens to be waterproof. And that’s the older Z2. The above article notes that Sony somehow improves each iteration, preserving build quality while making it thinner and lighter. That’s quite a feat. Can’t wait to get my hands on one.

    • Jesus

      um… the Z2 is the heaviest and bulkiest of the bunch (HTC One m8, Galaxy S5, LG G3).

      • I guess aseuss is speaking about Z2 tablet, not Z2 phone.

  • Cebu_Muzik

    Sony must make major modifications on their ADVERTISING and MARKETING strategy. All these great Sony devices are all put into crap because their marketing tactics are weak. Ultra premium gadgets with cheap marketing team. They should get fired. I just bought a Z3 and it is the best thing I ever bought after my house and my car. I even forgot that I own a Galaxy S4 and a note 2!!! Seriously, Sony’s stuff can fight Samsung head on and screw HTC and LG in the butt. They just have to make major adjustments in their advertising. LG and Samsung fly their posters all over the place. They even advertise their crap on cable TV. While Sony is just relying on flyers. They don’t even have much ads online!

    • Brandon Maceri

      sony intentionally doesnt market to save on costs for the device to offer them at a lower price. they rely on dealers to sell the tablets to consumers.

  • Holys*it, NEVER set video for autoplay!!!

  • Michael Glenn

    Beautiful. I have the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, but if I were buying a new tablet this year, it would be the Sony Xperia Z4.