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Ridiculously slim, light Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet takes on Apple’s iPad Air 2

This Android bad boy is a featherweight next to its main iOS rival, and it’s water-resistant as well.

Xperia Z4 Tablet

Whatever Sony decides to do with its financially struggling mobile division, we’d hate to see the ultra-high-end Xperia tablets go. There’s something about them this industry badly needs, and although they’ve never really struck gold at the box-office, it’s good to see Sony persevere.

Decidedly following in the footsteps of the Xperia Z2 Tablet and Z3 Tablet Compact, the “full-sized” Xperia Z4 Tablet knows its strengths very well. As such, it doesn’t aim to replace your bulky, productive, conventional Windows laptop.

Instead, it merely wants to ease the load on those long travels, and go virtually unnoticed until you need its exquisite 2,560 x 1,440 pix res 10.1-inch screen, beefy octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 3 GB RAM for entertainment purposes.

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Based on recent unofficial reports and on-the-record teasers, you probably expected the Z4 Tablet to reach a new milestone in the pointless quest to near-invisible slimness. Ultimately, it’s “only” as thin as the iPad Air 2, not thinner, at 6.1 mm, but uses more delicate build materials to pull off a 393-gram figure.

That’s a whopping 44 grams south of iPad Air 2’s weight, and it’s just 60 grams or so heavier than the 7.9-inch iPad mini 2. Normally, this kind of outrageous design leads to robustness or battery life compromises, yet the Xperia Z4 Tablet manages to look great, with a stainless steel frame, add a layer of semi-ruggedness in the mix, thanks to IP68 water protection, and vows 17-hour video playback continuous life, courtesy of a respectable 6,000 mAh cell.

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Running Android 5.0 Lollipop out the box (what else?), the bezel-y 10 incher offers 32 GB internal storage as standard, plus external microSD support up to an additional 128 gigs. Not that you’ll use it very often, but a surprisingly capable 8.1 megapixel camera resides on the slate’s back. And selfies are taken care of by a 5 MP front-facing snapper.

Last but not least, if you can afford it, you can bolster the connectivity options with 4G LTE alongside your typical Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 4.1. Due out “later this spring”, the iPad Air 2 “killer” should cost $500, give or take, sans LTE.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

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