sony xperia z4 tablet

It’s not really a surprise, following the leak from last week, but Sony just introduced the latest version of the sexy 10.1-inch Xperia Tablet at MWC 2015.

We were hoping for a new version of the Xperia Z flagship smartphone from Sony, but what we got instead might make up for that: the new Xperia Z4 Tablet is thinner, lighter, has a higher resolution screen, and packs more power.

In terms of design, the Xperia Z4 Tablet looks a lot like its smaller sibling, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, released last year at IFA. The same design language featuring rounded edges is used to great success on the 10.1 model, and amazingly Sony managed to make the Z4 Tablet even slimmer, at 6.1 millimeters (compared to 6.4 millimeters on the previous generation). The device weighs just 389 grams, which is pretty impressive for this class. And yes, the device is still water resistant, with a dual IP65 and IP68 rating.

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The thinner body doesn’t bring a decrease in battery capacity – the Z4 Tablet features a 6,000 mAh unit, the same as on the Z2. The screen is now Quad HD, which is a welcome change, but that may take a slight hit on battery life, unless Sony found a way to mitigate the issue.

The Xperia Z4 Tablet is the first slate to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, featuring four fast cores and four power-saving cores arranged in a big.LITTLE configuration, as well as an Adreno 430 GPU. There’s 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and microSD support. The main camera has been switched to an 8MP sensor, down from 13MP on the previous gen.

Sony seems to have lost confidence in its mobile business, with all options being on the table right now, including selling the entire unit. Even if the future of the Xperia series is in question, we’re happy to see Sony putting its best foot forward when it comes to tablets. The Z4 Tablet looks like an amazing choice for anyone interested in a 10-inch tablet, and we can’t wait to put it through its paces. My colleagues are fondling its slim lines as I’m writing this post, so stay tuned for a hands-on later today.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • igy

    I think I will stay on Z2 tablet untill next series.

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  • joseph carmine nero

    can’t wait for the Z4

  • Andy

    I really need the jump in resolution from the “old” Tablet Z, will be lovely to read on 2560*1600 :)

  • Tom

    Oh yes, 2560*1600 is the way to go :-) I wouldn’t even mind 4k. It does make difference when reading.

  • ibrahim speed

    Z4 ultra FTW!!!

    • Emir Zarith

      that’s is what i’m waiting for

  • Cole Raney

    If the phone Z4 is as good as this, Sony should make a move on all markets it hasn’t been in yet. Really, with how bad Samsung messed yp, and a little marleting, they could pull out huge profits.

    • Rey

      If Sony didn’t change the home button the bottom bar could be confused for the PlayStation action buttons triangle circle x square

  • Guest

    it’s 1920×1080?

    • H2O

      Quad HD is 1440×2560

      • MasterMuffin

        And this one has 2560×1600 actually

        • H2O

          Ahh yes. My bad lol

  • Jesus

    Compared to the old Galaxy Tab s 10.5, numbers…

    Thiness: 6.1mm (z4 tablet) vs 6.6mm. Unnoticable.
    Weight: about 390g vs 465g, but we dont know the dimensions of the z3 tablet.
    Screen: 10.1 vs 10.5 inch.

    Hmm.. im a very happy galaxy tab s 10.5 owner and cant see myself switching… but did sony improve their software? E.g. have multi screen like functionality, like samsungs or lgs? If not, an easy no for me.

    • Tjaldid

      Waterproof? Dual front facing speakers?

      • Jesus

        Oh yes forgot about waterproof… meh, not useful for me. Not like my tablet gets wet, ever, and im careful not to take it in my pool.

        Speakers… ive initially thought samsungsside mounted stereo speakers would be a hindrance, but after use, they are good, no complaints there.

    • [S]unjay

      Sony has had multiscreen functionality for years…

      • Jesus

        If youre talking about small apps, no, thats bs. I want to chrome and youtube, not have some stupid clock as a fltung window…

        • [S]unjay

          Haha, you’re right. They have small apps. It will be great if supported bigger apps.

  • apolloa

    This compliments my Z3 Tablet Compact perfectly, not going to buy one though but we’ll done Sony, beats the iPad Air 2 specs.

    • Jesus

      Of course it beats the iPad Air 2 specs; the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 beats it too.

      The question is, does it beat the Samsung tablet?

  • Guest

    The main camera has been switched to an 8MP sensor, down from 13MP on the previous gen.
    …Uhhm as long As I can remember every single Z-Tablet has used an 8MP 8.1MP main camera sensor…
    Never any 13MP (not even the Z2 Tablet)

  • Tjaldid

    EXPOSED USB PORT FINALY!!! gives me great hope for the Z4

  • Binod Gurung

    But can you use a stylus with it? Will you be able to draw and paint like on the wacom tablets?

    • Jesus

      This is no Galaxy Note… so no.

  • crutchcorn

    If I had money for a tablet – it would be this. (though I wish there could be a pen :/)