Sony has announced a successor to its slim, light and waterproof Xperia Tablet Z, aptly named the Xperia Z2 Tablet.
In typical Sony fashion, the Z2 Tablet is also thin, light and waterproof — even more so than before — but improves upon nearly every aspect of the original.
The 10.1-inch tablet maintains the same 1920×1200 pixel display as before, but it now boasts, in addition to vibrant Triluminos architecture for better viewing angles, a new image processor called Live Colour LED. Live Colour is taken from Sony’s Bravia line, and offers an algorithm that detects the best calibration of a set of colours and displays them vividly on screen. The Z2 Tablet also boasts the first digital noise cancelling in a tablet, though it will need to be paired with a compatible pair of headphones. Sony is positioning the Z2 Tablet as a premium entertainment device, and is also including S-Force virtual surround sound from the stereo speakers.
In terms of specs, the Z2 Tablet is a considerable step up from Tablet Z: a 2.3Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera with an Exmor RS sensor, and a 6000mAh battery. There will also be an LTE model offered, though it’s unclear whether it will be offered in Canada.
The Z2 Tablet weighs only 426 grams, a reduction of 69g from its predecessor, and maintains its title as one of the world’s thinnest tablets at 6.4mm. With a glass-and-metal exterior, the Z2 Tablet looks to maintain its premium, business-friendly aesthetic, too.
The tablet will be preloaded with a number of Sony’s entertainment apps, and will be launched in March for an unspecific price. Look for it to run Android 4.4 KitKat when it arrives in Canada.