BARCELONA: JAPANESE GIANT Sony launched what it claimed is the "world's smallest and lightest" waterproof tablet today at Mobile World Congress (MWC), the Xperia Z2 Tablet, which measures just 6.4mm thick, more than a millimetre thinner than the Apple iPad Air.
Weighing just 426g, the Android 4.4 Kittat powered Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet also weighs less than the 469g iPad Air while boasting a slightly larger 10.1in display, as rumours had suggested.
The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet arrives powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with a quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait CPU that promises higher performance with lower battery drain.
"Xperia Z2 Tablet can spend less time charging with the integrated Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which enables devices to charge up to 75 percent faster than devices without the fast charging technology," Sony said.
Sony claims the Xperia Z2 Tablet's 6,000mAh lithium polymer battery can deliver 10 hours of uninterrupted multimedia playback without a recharge.
As with Sony's other recent flagship devices, the Xperia Z2 Tablet's 10.1in display features Sony's full HD Triluminos screen technology along with the firm's new "Live Colour LED" technology, which it says makes colours appear more rich and natural.
Those who aren't shy about taking photos with a 10in tablet will be disappointed to hear that Sony hasn't featured the 20.7MP camera as seen on its previous flagship smartphones, the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact. Instead, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet has an 8.1MP rear-facing camera with an Exmor RS sensor and a 2.2MP front-facing camera for video calls.
The Android tablet does feature Sony's Front Surround technology, however, which involves front-facing speakers for a "more dynamic sound" along with what Sony touts as "the world's first digital noise cancelling technology in a tablet", which apparently reduces ambient noise by up to 98 percent when it's paired with the MDR-NC31EM Digital Noise Cancelling headset.
There'll also be the option to turn the Xperia Z2 Tablet into a laptop with a Bluetooth Keyboard and cover stand, which can be purchased separately. Business users will be happy to know that Sony has bundled Officesuite Pro 7 with its new flagship tablet so it can fit in better with company BYOD schemes.
The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet will come in two different models, a WiFi-only model and a 3G/LTE model, which weighs a slightly heavier 439g, when they launch sometime in March, in white or black colour options.
Pricing details have not yet been announced but Sony said that the Xperia Tablet Z2 will be available worldwide from March. µ
Pre-orders to begin on 9 September with release to follow on 16 September
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