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Sony introduces thin and light Xperia Z2 waterproof tablet


February 26, 2014

Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet is claimed the world's slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet

Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet is claimed the world's slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet

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Sony is claiming that the new Xperia Z2 Tablet launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, this week is the world's slimmest and lightest waterproof slate around. The new 10-inch flagship tablet also packs Qualcomm's speedy Snapdragon 801 chip, runs Android 4.4 Kitkat, and features image and audio enhancement technologies for, according to Sony, unbeatable viewing and best-ever sound.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is just 0.25 in (6.4mm) thin and tips the scales at 15 oz (426 g) for the Wi-Fi-only model, or 15.49 oz (439 g) for the version which includes LTE/3G. Its IP55/IP58 rating means that you can take the tablet with you for a half hour dip in freshwater, and even dive down to 5 ft (1.5 m).

The 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 resolution Triluminos IPS display comes with something Sony's calling Live Colour LED, a new technology that's claimed to deliver bright natural colors and sharp images, and the X-Reality for mobile engine, which constantly analyzes image quality and makes parameter adjustments for a much-improved viewing experience in any light conditions. Under the hood is a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with an Adreno 330 GPU that should make this tablet quite the performer, without being a battery hog.

Sony says that its 6000 mAh Li-Pol battery should be good for up to 10 hours of continuous multimedia use or over 100 hours of audio only playback between charges. The device comes with 3 GB of RAM and up to 16 GB of internal storage with microSD expansion. There's a rear-facing 8.1 megapixel camera with an Exmor RS for mobile sensor and 16x digital zoom, and a 2.2 MP webcam to the front.

In addition to Wi-Fi or LTE/3G, the Z2 is NFC-capable for tap-to-touch connectivity, comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and gets physical with USB 2.0. As you might expect, Sony hasn't forgotten the importance of audio quality. In addition to dynamic sound delivery via the company's proprietary S-Force Front Surround audio technology, some digital noise-canceling wizardry has been included that's said to reduce background noise levels by as much as 98 percent when used alongside its MDR-NC31EM earbuds.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet comes with OfficeSuite Pro 7 and a "What's New" entertainment discovery app pre-installed, and will be available in black or white from next month, though we've no word on pricing .

Have a closer look at the Z2 Tablet in the video below.

Product page: Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

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No flash.

Thin means flexible, which means easily cracked glass. There's no such thing as "sonycare" - crack your screen, and (a) the touch sensor stops working, and (b) the replacement cost is the same as a whole new device.


A waterproof tablet? Fantastic!! Oops not fantastic I consider it as Tab-astic, indeed a Tab-astic Revolution.

Finally a tablet which is nearly a laptop has arrived- in fact a Play-station certified laptop. The next expectation from Sony by People's desire- would be Windows OS in tablets.

Hats off to Sony and their Tech-explorers!

Jay Viradiya
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