So here we have Sony’s next addition to the android tablet market, the Xperia Z4! And it’s not bad either.
Here we’re looking at the next BIG contender in the line to take away the limelight from the iPad Air 2 and to take away Apple’s throne from having the top product on the market. With every tablet you want to see them get thinner, lighter and more powerful, and this one does.
It may put off some of you with its exterior being made less of a ceramic feel of an iPad to a more high-end polycarbonate which you can grab on to nicely, however it doesn’t feel as expensive as you might think. Then again Sony have been making tablets like this for years so it’s nothing to be surprised about. The weight compared to the last tablet Sony shot out is 6.1mm thick and 392g – down from 6.4mm and 462g. Giving the tablet an overall more high-end feel to it. The tablet placed under only mild amounts of pressure can however bend and flex to quite unnerving levels. Can you imagine if the iPad 2 Air bent like that? There would have been carnage!
The Xperia Z4 boasts a stunning visual display with its 10.1 inch Triluminous 2K/QHD (2560x1600 pixels) panel which is said to be the brightest to date on a tablet device. I don’t deny it has beautiful detail thanks to a 330ppi pixel density.
As with screen quality, power isn’t really a problem for the Z4. Running Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, it should easily have enough push for both work and play. For work you can get a Bluetooth keyboard to clip onto your tablet turning it into a laptop just like that, however it has still been given a confirmed price so you may find yourself paying out more than you bargained for. For the gamers of the world the Xperia Z4 brings Sony PS4 Remote Play where you can connect up to your WI-FI and play away to your hearts content with your Sony PS4 controller. A brilliant addition which may come in handy on release for gamers alike.
With a 5.1 megapixel camera on the front and 8.1 megapixels on the back you can’t really complain when it’s combined with the stunning visual display of the Z4, we should have some good selfies to take with the device. Sony have clearly been working on the water-resistance of their devices too with the Z4 tablet having an IP68 rating which makes it water and dust-proof. However only being allowed down to max 1.5m depth underwater and for a maximum time of around 30 minutes definitely limits your chance to show off your Finding Nemo skills. Sony say that the tablet has up to 17 hours of video playback capability too so they really have covered all bases with this allowing people even on long haul flights across the world not to get bored.
Overall we think this device has great visual capability for movies, gaming and pictures but lacks in the overall demand for an android tablet. It may cause a little bit of upset in tablet land when released but it will definitely come a short 2nd place to the unsurprisingly gallant Apple.