Clocking in at the breathtaking just 0.25" (6.4mm) girth, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is also the lightest of them 10" slates, weighing only 15 ounces (426g) for the Wi-Fi model, and 15.5 ounces (439g) for LTE/3G model. For comparison, the Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1 is the thinnest and lightest Android 10-incher released this year, and it measures 7.4mm thick, weighing 16.54 oz (469 g). The venerable iPad Air is only a tad more at 7.5 mm, and with 16.86 oz (478 g) of weight, but a tad smaller display. Sony used its OmniBalance design language, with the signature circular power key, creating a well-crafted slate with soft edges and pretty looks. Galaxy Tab PRO is made of plastic, with the trademark "stitched notepad" look on the back, while the iPad Air claims its design authority with a single-piece aluminum chassis. Sony's device one-ups them both with its waterproof chassis, though, making it perfect for watching movies in the bathtub, for example.
Sony is using its new Live Colour LED display technology for the Triluminos 1920x1200 pixels screen on the Xperia Z2 Tablet. It should result in more vibrant colors on the display, yet without the accompanying oversaturation. Some may scoff at the resolution, given that we have high-end slates with 1600p screens, like the Tab PRO here, yet Samsung's slate uses an alternative "diamond" pixel matrix arrangement, while the Z2 Tablet's 1200p is still more than enough for most purposes. The iPad Air's display also comes with much higher pixel density than Sony's panel, so the Z2 Tablet gives way to the other two slate flagships in that regard.
Processor and memory
Sony's new fashion model is powered by the fast 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801, which is a vast improvement over the measly Snapdragon S4 Pro, that last year's Tablet Z shipped with. It also comes with 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal memory, expandable via a microSD slot, thus mimicking the silicon and memory of the Tab PRO 10.1. The iPad Air also ships with 16 GB of storage, and uses the no-less powerful Apple A7 processor, with its raging PowerVR graphics, but doesn't offer a memory card slot.
A 6000 mAh battery is nothing to write home about on a 10-incher, but we guess that's what managed to fit in the extremely thin chassis of the Z2 Tablet. Still, Sony claims the typical for an Android tablet up to 10 hours of video playback on a charge, and 100 hours of listening to music. Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet also takes advantage of the Quick Charge 2.0 technology, that comes with Qualcomm's chipset, offering up to 75 percent faster charging. The iPad Air sports a much larger 8820 mAh battery, making it the king of battery endurance, while the Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1 shrinks it down a notch to 8220 mAh.
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1
|OS||Android (4.4.4, 4.4)||iOS (7.x)||Android (4.4)|
|Dimensions||10.47 x 6.77 x 0.25 inches (266 x 172 x 6.4 mm)||9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 inches (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm)||9.57 x 6.75 x 0.29 inches (243.1 x 171.4 x 7.3 mm)|
|Weight||15.49 oz (439 g)|
the average is 13.4 oz (381 g)
|16.86 oz (478 g)|
the average is 13.4 oz (381 g)
| 16.54 oz (469 g)|
the average is 13.4 oz (381 g)
|Rugged||Water, Dust resistant|
|IP certified||IP 58|
|Physical size||10.1 inches||9.7 inches||10.1 inches|
|Resolution||1920 x 1200 pixels||2048 x 1536 pixels||2560 x 1600 pixels|
Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.
|224 ppi||264 ppi||299 ppi|
Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.
|IPS LCD||IPS LCD||Super Clear LCD|
|Screen-to-body ratio||64.68 %||71.65 %||70.97 %|
|Colors||16 777 216||16 777 216||16 777 216|
|Camera||8.1 megapixels||5 megapixels||8 megapixels|
Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.
|Camcorder||1920x1080 (1080p HD)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)||1920x1080 (1080p HD)|
|Recording format||MPEG4, H.263, H.264, 3GPP|
|Features||High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)||Digital image stabilization||Video calling|
|Front-facing camera||2.2 megapixels||1.2 megapixels||2 megapixels|
|Video capture||1920x1080 (1080p HD)||1280x720 (720p HD)|
System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AB||Apple A7 with 64-bit architecture||Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974|
Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.
|Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400||Dual core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone||Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400|
|Graphics processor||Adreno 330||PowerVR G6430||Adreno 330|
System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.
|3072 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR3||1024 MB RAM / LPDDR3||2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3|
|Built-in storage||16 GB||128 GB||32 GB|
|Storage expansion||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC|
|Stand-by time||51.7 days (1240 hours)|
the average is 40 days (948 h)
|Stand-by time (3G)||50.0 days (1200 hours)|
the average is 52 days (1250 h)
|Stand-by time (4G)||50.0 days (1200 hours)|
the average is 48 days (1150 h)
|Music playback||188.00 hours||147.00 hours|
|Video playback||13.00 hours||10.00 hours|
|Capacity||6000 mAh||8820 mAh||8220 mAh|
|Type||Li - Polymer|
|Not user replaceable||Yes||Yes|
CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.
|800, 1900 MHz|
|GSM||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
|UMTS||850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz|
|FDD LTE||700 (band 17), 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz||700 (band 13), 700 (band 17), 800 (band 18), 800 (band 19), 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 850 (band 26), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 1900 (band 25), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz|
|Data||LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRS||LTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A, EV-DO Rev.B||LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), , HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS|
|MSRP price||$ 500||$ 929|