Sony puts their new Xperia Z2 Tablet up for sale in the UK

by: Jonathan FeistMarch 22, 2014

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is up for sale on Sony’s UK website. UK customers can order now, choosing the 16GB WiFi only unit for £399, upgrade to the 32GB model for £449 or grab up the 16GB LTE version for £499.

For those with slippery fingers, order before March 24 straight from the Sony online store and they’ll give you a 3 year warranty for just 1 pence more.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is what we might call the big brother of the Xperia Z2 smartphone, which is expected to be in customers’ hands in April. The tablet is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat and comes with a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM and an 8.1MP camera. Both devices were announced at MWC in February where we took the water resistant, 10.1-inch Full HD TILUMINOUS display tablet for a test run, see what we had to say about it.

best-of-mwc-sony-xperia-tablet-z2We have seen a lot of positive hype about the Xperia Z2 smartphone, a lot of which is focused on the 20.7MP camera with the ability to shoot 4K video. The Xperia Z2 Tablet, as might be expected of a tablet, does not come with the same powerhouse of a camera sensor, but their 8.1MP camera with Exmor RS™ for mobile will still let you snap Full HD images and video. Aside from the camera sensor difference, and the screen size, obviously, the phone and tablet share a lot of specifications, and as the phone represents Sony’s latest and greatest, so should we expect of the tablet.

Seeing that this is Sony’s flagship tablet for the year, our choice for best tablet at MWC, and chalk full of high-end goodness, it necessarily comes with what you may consider a steep price tag. Are you interested enough in this tablet to dish over the equivalent of US$658 – US$825?

  • willson yu

    android tablet should be cheaper than ios tablet, 450$ is the maximum i would pay for a 10 inch android highend tablet

    • Ambkor

      OMG, you are so damn right! Now please tell me, how many ipads you need to create one with waterproof? :)

      • willson yu

        does it really worth 160 dollars more? besides, i never drop any tablets into water so it’s useless for me

        • Arslan Jumaniyazov

          It’s not 160 dollars more, it is competitively priced to iPad in UK, and it’ll be 500 for the base model when it comes to US.

          • Humberto Hernandez

            Still, for a 6000mAh battery and just a 1080p display (thanks) it’s too expensive.

            COme on!! just 6000mAh?? Asus Transformer Tf701 has more battery, QuadHD and Tegra 4. Yep, the CPU/GPU is not that powerfull compared to SD 801, it may not have +1Gb ram, but it has more battery and display…
            And it cost 450$ for 16Gb (394$ on amazon).

          • Arslan Jumaniyazov

            What you are saying is correct. But for me 1080p display in a 10 inch tablet is enough. Better battery and better performance. I agree that 6000mAh may not be enough. I wish Sony just kept last year’s weight and bumped up the battery into something like 8000mAh, but every company now needs some bragging rights, unfortunately.

    • Gordon

      Why should an android tablet always be cheaper than an ios tablet? especially when the android devices now have have better (way better) specs and better screens. ios is the one that is playing catchup now.

      • willson yu

        ipad air has better colour accuracy(it’s not always about screen resolution. ),better build(alumiNum back instead of plastic), better optimized apps(no crash or lag because it’s specifically built for ipad), better design(just compare their side bezels) and a more stable system(i own a nexus 7, 2013 version).

        • Arslan Jumaniyazov

          iPad Air does not have better color accuracy than nexus 7 or galaxy tab 8.4.

          I prefer well-built plastic over aluminum because aluminum is cold and slippery whereas nexus 7 offers far better grip.

          Better optimized apps? Yes.

          No crashes and no lag? Simply not true. Safari crashes on iPad Air way more than it does on any flagship android tablet. And there is occasional lag although it is smoother than cheaper nexus 7.

          Better design? Subjective. I’ve used iPad air extensively and it’s narrow bezels sometimes makes it really uncomfortable to hold.

          And Android offers a lot of advantages , too.

  • Andrew White

    Not a big supporter of tablets from any of the major software houses i.e. Microsoft, Apple or Google because they are now all ‘cloud based’.
    I do hope and I have a feeling that this very capable/powerful device from a quality manufacturer, will force quite a few Apple fanboys to reassess their loyalty.
    I my view though, the near future is highly capable wrist devices in conjunction with flexible roll-out 2 or 4k touch screens, which will replace both tablets and smartphones, at least in terms of mobile computing.

    • Lookin

      I highly doubt wrist devices will replace tablets or smartphones. The use is too complicated, easier to use our fingers and palms to hold the device. Imagine watching a video from your wrist, would be annoying. Just like watches , not everyone likes wearing them.

  • android tablet should be cheaper than ios tablet, 450$ is the maximum i would pay for a 10 inch android highend tablet

    • Tjaldid

      the UK price won’t be near the US price

    • Colby Leong

      Why should it be cheaper? Most high end Android tablet can do much more than iOS, in the most important area is the better screen quality, where almost all high end Android tablet beat iOS.

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Expensive as hell =(
    I wanted to buy it..

    • AndroidBoss

      Who cares about it. Soon we getting the Nexus 10 and the Nexus 8 or 8.9. Those are the things to look forward to.

      • Humberto Hernandez

        Don’t like small tablets, and Nexus 10? I don’t have many hopes on that to happen…. =( i want it, but i seems Google doesn’t.

  • Jonathan Walton

    The conversion rate does not work like that. iPad air is also 399 pounds in the UK but is 499 in US dollars currently. Sony is setting the price to match the iPad air. Do the math Android Authority.

  • Global Smartphone & Tablet manufacturer are facing tough competition from local player, They need to work on price strategy, this will give them an edge in competition.