Sony might not have rocked up in Barcelona with a new flagship phone.
For good or ill, the days of a twice yearly refresh of its top–end handsets are over.
But it has at least come up with the goods when it comes to tablets.
Its new Xperia Z4 tablet is aimed squarely at taking on Apple’s iPad Air 2, with an impressive design and a spec sheet that should make staff in Cupertino blush.
Want the inside line? Then read on and we’ll tell you five things you need to know about the Sony Xperia Z4.
1 Super slim and lightweight
Sony is playing up the fact that the Xperia Z4 tablet is the slimmest tablet in its class.
It’s just 6.1mm, which is the same as the excellent Apple iPad Air 2.
However, that’s all the more impressive seeing as it has a larger 10.1–inch screen.
What’s even better is the fact it weighs just 392g. Apple’s effort tips the scales at 437g.
Not much heftier, but at least it allows Sony to make some bold claims for its latest effort.
2 Screen dream
The display on the Z4 tablet is no slouch either.
Sony has given the capacious 10.1–inch screen a 2K resolution, making its older Z2 tablet’s 1080p smarts look average by comparison.
The bezel on the new device is slimmer than the Z2 too and what’s more it’s got the same water and dust resistance that makes the best Xperia phones the choice for outdoor and clumsy types.
3 Snappy processor
Sony’s not scrimping when it comes to speed. The Z4 tablet has a lightning quick octacore processor from Qualcomm.
Not to mention 3GB of RAM. It’ll be intriguing to see how this stacks up against Apple’s A8X chip, found inside the iPad Air 2 and currently the darling of tablet geeks.
4 Battery boost
Perhaps the biggest deal here is the fact that the Xperia Z4 can chew through 17 hours of video playback before it needs charging.
That’s hugely impressive and means you can watch your own clips on all but the longest of long haul flights.
And if you’ve taken a 12 hour schlep on a plane lately and seen the ‘entertainment’ on offer on most in–flight systems, we’d suggest buying a Z4 tablet post–haste.
5 Bluetooth keyboard
Interestingly, Sony is also pushing a compatible Bluetooth keyboard, which comes with dedicated short keys and a quick launch menu for essential apps.
This suggests it’s keen to step on Microsoft’s Surface 3 territory, trying to convince business users to stump up for a Z4 too.
That larger screen will certainly appeal to those looking to tweak presentations and spreadsheets on the fly.