MWC 2014: Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is ridiculously skinny but seriously powerful

MWC 2014: Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is ridiculously skinny but seriously powerfulAlongside its flagship Xperia Z2 smartphone, Sony also announced an Xperia Z2 Tablet at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona this morning, bringing the same high-end sensibilities as its little brother to the tablet arena.

That means the same Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and full HD resolution but on a 10in scale, though Sony has managed a near-ridiculous thickness of just 6.4mm.

That's impressive on a phone of any size, but on a device the size of a full-size tablet it's even more dramatic (even the super-svelte Apple iPad Air is more than 1mm thicker). The Xperia Z1 Tablet's 6000mAh battery has been retained, plus, like the Xperia Z2 smartphone, the Tablet version is IP55 and IP58 weatherproof.

Of course, the full HD display resolution is less impressive on the Xperia Z2 Tablet's 10in panel than on the smartphone version's 5.2in display, and less than is offered on several rivals (including the aforementioned iPad Air).

However, you do get the same Live Colour LED software working its magic, as well as various other Sony display-related technologies, so the display won't in any way be a weakness.

What is a bit of a let-down is the drop to just a 8MP camera from the smartphone's 20.7MP snapper. It's no surprise to be fair, as tablets – especially full-size tablets – just aren't natural compact camera replacements in the way smartphones are.

Happily, the 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM have been retained, as has the decision to move the speakers to the front and equip them with S-Force Surround Sound and noise-cancelling technology, and you'll get a pair of noise-cancelling headphones in the box too.

Android 4.4 KitKat completes what looks to be a very impressive picture, and while Sony isn't talking prices just yet, this one ain't gonna be cheap when it hits Sony's usual retail outlets in March.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 24, 2014 at 13:54

It'll be awfully expensive. And that new Lenovo Yoga thing with its 18-20 hour battery life and USB-on-the-go looks awfully tempting - and it'll probably cost a good bit less, too.

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