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Sony has always been at the forefront of product evolution in terms of design and technology. The Sony Xperia Z Tablet is a testament to just that. The brand’s first effort – the Sony Tablet S – hardly set the world on fire and since its lackluster launch in 2011 a broader selection of tablets has emerged. The next-gen Sony Xperia Tablet S was also a rather average device, but the new version is turning tables. Only Google is genuinely contesting the Apple iPad 4 with its mighty Samsung-built Nexus 10, but the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is gunning for a fight. So let have a look at the specs and others things to decide whether Sony will give a tough time to already established Apple Ipad 4 or will be flop show.
Design and build
As the name suggests, the all new Xperia Tablet Z has got the design comparable to Xperia Z phone, Sony’s flagship device. Although it shares its design with the Xperia Z phone, the Tablet Z doesn’t have a glass rear cover. Instead it’s a smooth, slightly rubbery feeling plastic. Nevertheless, it’s one of the best looking and lightweight Android tablet on the market.
The Xperia Z tablet comes with a 10-inch display. The device is insanely thin – just 6.9mm and almost weightless! This tablet weighs 500g only! Making iPad 4 feel cheap and overweight! Its almost 150g less than iPad. That makes a noticeably difference in build quality.
Screen and Display
Rocking a 10.1 inch 1920 x 1200 ‘Reality HD Display’ powered by BRAVIA Engine 2, The visuals are smooth with vivid colors and eye-searing brightness.
The pixel density is 224ppi, which produces crisp and sharp images. Watching movies on this tablet will be an enjoyable experience.
It has a 8MP AF primary camera. Which can record Full HD videos (1080p)@ 30fps. A front camera is also provided for video calling, which is a 2.2MP camera. Other camera features include Continue Burst Mode, Scene Recognition, Smile Detection, Face Detection, Touch Focus, Self-portrait, Smile Shutter, Image Stabilizer, Object Tracking, Sweep Panorama, Geo-tagging and an Exmor R Sensor.
In terms of connectivity it has a SIM slot (GSM) support with 3G, therefore calling is possible. Tablet also comes with HDMI port, USB Tethering, Wi-Fi hotspot, Micro USB 2.0 and some other common connectivity features.
Running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, the Xperia Tablet Z is nearly up to up to date when it comes to operating system. Like Xperia Z, the software is a nice balance of Vanilla Android and Sony’s stylish overlay.
Jellybean OS is powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro (Quad core processor) which is a A15 cortex. It is clocked at 1.5GHz. This processor is often found in mid-range tablets. Considering the price of tablet the performance is pretty mediocre. RAM is 2GB, heavy multitasking is possible. For the graphics, it is powered by an Adreno 320 GPU.
A score of 2119 in GeekBench 2 and a frame-rate of 31fps in GLBenchmarks are impressive but the Sunspider time was a little on the side at 2036ms (iPad 4 – 749ms lower is better).
The battery is 6000mAh (Non removable). Which offers around 9hrs of play time (Video), 110hrs (Audio). So battery shouldn’t be an issue.
Sony Xperia Z tablet Video representation by Sony
The Good :
- Excellent Build Quality- Hardware
- Vivid and high resolution screen ,
- Amazingly thin and light – It is extremely light unlike other Tabs in the same segment
- Android is still Android – Sony did no wrong by keeping the Android OS the way it is, limited customization and addition of DualShock 3 support, battery saving modes, and floating widgets have made it worth buying.
- Comfortable to hold
- Good processor and specs,
- Micro SD for more storage
- Water and dust resistant
- Overpriced- yes it is no doubt over-priced, hopefully Sony will decrease the the price in coming days the prize is already being criticized for making a hell lot of bigger hole in pocket;
- Google Play store lacks tablet app selection of ‘iPad’, interface lags a little; Some of the Sony apps are broken or poorly customized for Xperia Z tab in Android playstore;
- Camera- performance is not upto the expectations and relatively bad outside
Certainly this is the best tablet Sony’s ever made. A good deal for Android Tab hunters who want to turn some heads in crowd. But buying this tab may put a hole in your pocket!
What we expect?
Trimming the price a bit can seriously create a tough competition in this segment of Tablet where specially Apple Ipad 3 is already roaring with grace and upcoming Ipad mini
What’s your though about this new baby in the market?, Do you think that this new champ will give a stiff competition to Apple Ipad or Nexus 4?,