Sony has taken a very different approach to the likes of Google when it comes to developing Android tablets. The recent trend has been for inexpensive, 7 or 8-inch devices like the Nexus 7 7 or Lenovo S5000, but with the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet a more premium product will hit the shelves.
In truth, it is likely that Sony had the iPad Air in mind – rather than any Android devices – when they were working on the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. The Japanese company has been quick to point out that their new product is the smallest and lightest waterproof tablet in the word.
The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is just 6.4 mm thick and weight only 426 g. By comparison, the iPad Air has a depth of 7.5 mm and weighs 469 g.
Sony’s new tablet is even thinner than the smaller Google Nexus 7, with the 2013 edition 8.65 mm thick, although understandably the 7-inch device weighs quite a bit less at only 299 g.
Ever since the first Google Nexus 7 was released in 2012, a clear trend has seen most Android tablets aimed towards the budget end of the market. This low-margin strategy is something Sony was never going to be comfortable with, so it is unsurprising to see the company trying to excite consumers with a more premium product.
Sony have not specified an exact release date for the new tablet, but it confirmed that the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet will be available globally from March. In the UK prices will start from £399, whilst in mainland Europe prices will begin at €499.
There will be a number of different versions of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet available, with customers able to chose from either 16 or 32 GB storage. The tablet will come in two editions, with the option of either Wi-Fi or LTE versions.
Sony has a very real chance of making an impact with its latest premium mobile device. Offering the new 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 3 GB RAM and a 10.1-inch display, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is a very powerful proposition.
Given the impressive specs, and pricing comparable to the iPad Air, there is every reason to believe that the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet can become a success. Although previous large screen Android tablets have received mixed responses, the operating system is now mature and able to offer the stable, smooth experience craved by the mass market.