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.
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.