Sony lifted the lid on a new 10.1-inch flagship Xperia Z4 Tablet and a mid-range Xperia M4 Aqua waterproof phone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, but a new flagship phone was notable by its absence.
Billed as the world's thinnest and lightest slate for its screen-size, Sony's Xperia Z4 Tablet comes in at 6.1mm thick and weighs 392 grams.
Watch uSwitch Tech's hands-on videos for the Xperia Z4 tablet and Xperia M4 Aqua at the foot of the article
It’s set to tip up later this year and features a 2K resolution screen, a step up from the 1080p Z2 tablet.
A thinner bezel is also in evidence around the bright display. But it retains the earlier model’s IP68 water-resistance rating, which is now extended to an open, non-covered, microUSB port.
Keeping things ticking over is a powerful Octa core 64-bit Qualcomm CPU, which is said to be twice as fast as the Z2 tablet.
And rounding things of is 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, an 8.1-megapixel camera and 17 hours of video playback.
Interestingly, in a sop to enterprise users, Sony showed off a dockable Bluetooth keyboard too, which effectively turns the Xperia 4 Tablet into a laptop, providing Android shortcut keys and quick launch menu buttons.
Sony’s MWC line-up was also marked by the launch of the waterproof mid-range 4G, Xperia M4 Aqua handset, as the successor to the Vodafone only M2 Aqua.
Pitched at the mid-range market, this packs in a 5-inch 720p screen, an Octa-core Qualcomm processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and two-day battery life.
On the rear is an easy to use 13-megapixel camera, with a front-facing 5MP snapper for selfies – all for an outlay of 299 Euros at launch.
Both phones will be bundled with the similarly just-announced Xperia Lounge, which offers content and software updates as a free-of-charge sweetener.
The absence of a new flagship Xperia Z4 comes as uSwitch learned that Sony is adjusting its six-month refresh schedule for its top-of-the-range smartphones. The upshot of which is Xperia Z4 won’t be due anytime soon.