Sony is aiming its new Xperia Z2 Tablet squarely at Apple and its iPad Air, matching the California company on price with its latest Android slate.
Announced at Mobile World Congress in February, the Xperia Z2 Tablet will cost £399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, and £449 for the 32GB model. Both can be bought from Sony’s website now, while a range-topping version with 16GB of storage and 4G connectivity can be pre-ordered with a price of £499.
For comparison, the 16GB iPad Air costs £399, while the 32GB model is slightly more than the Sony, at £479; the 16GB 4G iPad is £499.
Sony’s latest tablet has a 10.1-inch screen with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, a microSD card slot to expand storage cheaply and easily, and runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
At 6.4mm, the Sony tablet is 1mm thinner than the iPad Air and 0.5mm thinner than last year's original Xperia Tablet; weighing just 426g, the Tablet Z2 is 10% lighter than the iPad.
Sony claims the Tablet Z2 is both the slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet on sale - and by waterproof, it means the tablet can be submerged in 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes.
The Tablet Z2 is powered by a 2.3GHz, quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM - specifically, this is Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 801 chip, which it shares with the Xperia Z2. Storage is just 16GB, but can be increased via a microSD card slot by up to 64GB.
Sony has given its slimline tablet the same noise cancelling audio technology as the upcoming Xperia Z2 smartphone. Using its own processor and battery, the tablet can offer noise-cancelling audio through a pair of Sony’s in-ear earphones, effectively deleting constant sounds like that of an aeroplane cabin.