Sony quietly slipped in their Z4 tablet into the throngs of devices being launched here in Barcelona at the Mobile World congress.
As is obvious, we popped into the Sony stand for a look ourselves.
With this tablet, Sony have done two things: distance themselves from the world of phones while trying to endear themselves to those looking for workhorse tablets.
Look and feel
Sony have said it is the skinniest and lightest tablet in the World and the tablet isnt much thicker than a Ryvita...
Tablets are quite an unweild-y shape and size anyway and anything over a few ounces leads to the dreaded dead arm syndrome- full marks to Sony for realising that and making the tablet as wispy and light as air, or should we say Air?!
I said in my review of the Z3 Tablet Compact that it was a true competitor to the iPad mini, and with the Z4 tablet, they have just taken this further. Sleek looks, non lag-y performance and a premium build and finish make sure that this tablet has what it takes for Sony to make that leap to become the market leader in tablets.
Design ethos have remained the same and so the tablet is a complete doppleganger of its stablemates. I recently reviewed the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and this is a dead ringer for it- albeit bigger.
When in landscape mode, the front-facing camera is in the middle and there are wide bezels on either sides to hold it comfortably.
Screen and Media consumption:
The Xperia Z4 tablet is made for media consumption. A staggering 2k screen (2560x1600 pixels) to be exact is a pleasure to watch video on.
Katy Perry's Dark Horse on Youtube playbak was chosen for its gamut of colours and we were not disappointed. Colours are rich, picture sharp and absolutely crystal.
But, what else can it do?
Well, it can do a lot. It comes packed with Microsoft's Office suite and a blisteringly fast 2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 64-bit Octa Core processor makes sure there will never be any lag.
Android 5.0 Lollipop makes sure you have the latest and (maybe) greatest in OS while a frankly gargantuan 6000mAH battery will take you through upto 17 hours of binge watching videos.
The tablet has great viewing angles and although all will be revealed when we review it properly over a few days but for now, we are impressed with what we see.
389 grams Wi-Fi only,
393 grams Wi-Fi + LTE
Dimensions 167 x 254 x 6.1 mm
Display 10.1" (2560x1600 pixels)
On the inside
Google Android™ 5.0 (Lollipop)
2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 64-bit Octa Core
Front-facing 5.1-megapixel camera
Battery 6000 mAh
Video playback time: up to 17 hours **
Waterproof and dust tight (IP65 and IP68) ****