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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet for Verizon is announced, to launch on July 17

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet for Verizon is announced, to launch on July 17

It is official, folks! The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is coming to the U.S. as a Verizon exclusive, as the carrier announced only moments ago. Pre-orders for the slate via Verizon's web page are set to begin on July 10, and for those who'd rather pick one up from a nearby Verizon retail store, they'll be able to do so from July 17 onward. There's a good reason to pre-order one instead, however. Buyers who pre-order a Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet from Verizon will be given a free pair of MDR-NC31EM noise cancelling earphones (while supplies last).

The Wi-Fi-only Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
The Wi-Fi-only Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

The Wi-Fi-only Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

In case you need a refresher, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is the slimmest and lightest 10.1-inch tablet. It is only a quarter of an inch thick and weighs under a pound, so portability is one of its strongest selling points. The device's IP58 rating ensures protection against dust and water damage. The tablet also comes with a beautiful, 1920 by 1200 pixel Triluminos display, a powerful, 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 system-on-chip, and 3GB of RAM, which makes it one of the top Android tablets out there, at least hardware-wise. Of course, the Xperia Z2 Tablet for Verizon will run on the carrier's speedy LTE network. The only thing you probably won't be getting much of is battery life. The slate's 6000mAh cell is smaller in size when compared to those inside other 10-inchers, but that's the trade-off for having such a slim and light tablet. For more details, check out our Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review based on the Wi-Fi-only model. 

On the software side of things, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sony's custom interface on top. To sweeten the deal, Sony is treating Z2 Tablet buyers to six blockbuster movies, early access to "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" movie when it becomes available for download, and 90 days of free music streaming via Sony's Music Unlimited service. Plus, the slate comes with PS4 integration and access to the PlayStation Network.

Verizon is also going to launch accessories for the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. These include the SCR12 Style Cover Stand, BSC10 Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad, SRS-X3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, CPF-10L Portable Power Supply, and the DK39 Magnetic Charging Dock. Sony's SmartBand and SmartWatch 2 Pro wearables will be offered as well. 

In terms of price for the Verzion Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, we have no information yet, but we're assuming that details will come sooner than later. On a related note, the Wi-Fi-only, 16GB Z2 Tablet model costs $500 at Sony's online store. Here's a bunch of photos of that particular model.

UPDATE: The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet will go on pre-order for $599.99, and for a limited time, its price will be set at $499.99 with a new 2-year activation.


Press Release

source: Verizon

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posted on 09 Jul 2014, 11:10

1. josephnero (Posts: 305; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Good.Sony should keep up with it's updates to penetrate US market

posted on 09 Jul 2014, 11:13

2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2951; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Why would Sony even go through a carrier for a tablet? They could make a few tablet models that work on a huge number of carriers, like Apple does, and then sell direct.

It seems there is some collusion going on to make sure companies other than Apple pay a "tax" to be able to sell tablets that come with cellular data in the US.

posted on 09 Jul 2014, 11:58 1

5. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 270; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Apple being an American company and the other not may have something to do with it. Just a guess though.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 02:51

8. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2951; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


It wouldn't surprise me. Almost all large American corporations are actually owned by a very small number of wealthy people and managed collectively through board of director relationships.

posted on 09 Jul 2014, 11:20

3. Lboogey6 (Posts: 266; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


not sure i like the bezel on it, pretty sure performance is awesome

posted on 09 Jul 2014, 11:21

4. josephnero (Posts: 305; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


I would have changed from T-mobile to verizon for Z2 but...

posted on 09 Jul 2014, 12:23

6. amiaq (Posts: 435; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Wait..wait..wait.. you guys haven't had a chance to buy it yet? Poor americans ... only have the option between ipads and samsung's.

posted on 09 Jul 2014, 12:28 1

7. na7noo7 (Posts: 222; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Dude, I'm from the USA, and I could just go to the Sony store in the mall and they are selling the Z2 Tablet for $499.99

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 06:06 1

9. anleoflippy (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


One of the tablets on the market to get. Really worth it.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 09:01

10. anleoflippy (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


*one of the best

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 22:28

11. kwodem (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)


FYI when ordering from a mobile phone, you are able to use Verizon Edge, which puts it at $30/mo for 20 months. I placed an order and it went through just fine with nothing being due up front. We'll see if they cancel the order... Looking at their FAQ, it says tablets are not eligible. Maybe they are changing it up with this device.

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