Performance and OS
The Xperia Z2 Tablet runs a customised version of Android 4.4 Kitkat, meaning that the tablet features a number of Sony equivalents of core Google apps. These include a custom Walkman app and some third-party Sony stores.
The mobile operating system (OS) also features tweaked shortcuts to Google apps, meaning it looks slightly different than most other Android 4.4 Kitkat powered devices. However, the changes are harmless and from what we saw Sony hasn't overloaded the user interface with too many needless custom widgets.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet is powered by an impressive quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with Krait cores, promising higher performance with lower battery drain. The good news is that the chip is just as impressive in the real world as it is on paper, and we found the device very nippy, with no lag whatsoever. Swiping between apps and pages, for example, performed flawlessly and it was a pleasure to use.
Those who aren't shy about looking like an idiot taking photos with a 10in tablet will be disappointed to hear that Sony hasn't included the 20.7MP camera 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. In our tests, the camera fared well, but wasn't in the same league as the Xperia Z smartphone, which has 4K video recording cabilities.
Images taken with the Xperia Z2 Tablet also looked a little more vibrant with better colour depth than seen on Sony's 20.7MP camera in the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z2 smartphones.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet also has a 2.2MP front-facing camera for video calls or selfies.
Connectivity, storage and battery
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 with white or black colour options. Both will come loaded with 16GB of internal storage.
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.
Sony claims that the Xperia Z2 Tablet's 6,000mAh lithium polymer battery can deliver 10 hours of uninterrupted multimedia playback without a recharge, though we'll have to wait to get the tablet in for a full review to test this.
Pricing details have not yet been announced but Sony said that the Xperia Tablet Z2 will be available worldwide from March.
Check back later for a full review of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. µ