At this year’s MWC exhibition in Barcelona, Sony has unveiled its new flagship tablet, the Xperia Z4, along with the midrange Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone, a slim, plastic copy of the Z3 flagship.
The Xperia Z4 Tablet seems to hit all the right notes, as it is an improvement over the Z2 Tablet in almost every aspect. There’s a better panel used in the display, the resolution has been increased, the internal hardware is faster, and even the software has been updated to mark the birth of a new star. At its size, the Z4 Tablet is equally great for office work and entertainment, and it won’t fail to impress in either scenario.
While Sony has maintained the 10.1″ display size from the predecessor, it increased the resolution from 1200p to 1600p. The panel has also been changed from TFT to IPS, for better contrast and color reproduction. The 8.1 MP rear camera was kept, but the resolution of the front one is now 5.1 MP. One thing that remained unchanged is the 6,000 mAh battery capacity, but given the increased power efficiency of the internal hardware, users should notice an improved battery life.
The Snapdragon 810 that powers the Xperia Z4 Tablet is paired with an Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM. There should be plenty of room for installing apps and games in the 32GB of internal storage, but just in case that’s not enough, users can expand this with an up to 128 GB microSD card.
To sweeten the deal even more, Sony has bundled Microsoft’s Office for Android apps on its new flagship tablet. The Redmond giant’s decision to offer its office suite for free for iOS and Android is definitely a strategy to attract more users (in the same way the Microsoft Band is compatible with devices running the two rival operating systems). Sure, smartphone and tablet owners could easily head to the Play Store and install Microsoft Office Mobile on their devices, but pre-installing the suite could prevent users from turning to Google’s office apps. Ultimately, that is Microsoft’s goal, so we can expect more such partnerships in the future.
At 389g and 6.1mm in thickness, the Xperia Z4 Tablet will be a reputable rival for the iPad Air 2, especially since the technical specs of Sony’s new flagship are also very competitive. It remains to be seen how much this tablet will cost, as Sony has yet to disclose this information.