The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is an excellent tablet and we awarded it second place in our Best Android Tablets of 2013 roundup for the big tablet category. However the Xperia Tablet Z is in need of an update and it looks like one is coming.
@evleaks, has tweeted that the next generation Sony Xperia tablet Z, aka the Sony Xperia tablet Z2, will feature a 10.1 inch Triluminos full HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The tablet Z narrowly lost out to the Nexus 10 in our best Android tablets roundup because of its display, which although good it wasn’t as good as the 300ppi display in the Nexus 10. Although it doesn’t look like the new tablet Z will go beyond full HD, the inclusion of a Triluminos display could mean that this next iteration could be a true winner.
Triluminos technology enables a LCD TFT display to show a wider range of colors making images appear richer and more vivid. This color boost is said to be as much as 50 percent larger than that of a conventional LCD panel. The secret to this wider color range is the quantum dot. These light-emitting nanoparticles emit light at a specific wavelength, which the human eye then perceives as a specific color. Conventional LCD displays use a white backlight that passes through red, blue, and green filters to create colors. The problem with this approach is that the filters aren’t selective and forming very specific colors is hard. The result is that some colors can look washed out. With a Triluminos display, the white backlight is replaced by a blue LED, which emits a blue light that causes a film of quantum dots to produce pure green and pure red. The different wavelengths are then combined to make the colors needed.
Sony already have devices with Triluminos displays including the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. It makes sense for Sony to bring this technology to the Xperia tablet Z and boost the tablet’s display quality. But that isn’t the only thing that Sony are upgrading. The new tablet is thought to include a better processor, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 rather than a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro; and 3GB of RAM, up from 2GB.
The new design is likely to be thinner by a few tenths of a millimeter and other than that most things are staying the same. The battery is rumored to remain at 6000mAh, the rear camera stays the same at 8MP, and on-board storage options are likely to start at 16GB.
The tablet will be running the latest version of Android (i.e. Android 4.4 KitKat) and the design will retain Sony’s famous water resistance.
What do you think? Does it sound tempting?