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).

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.


Sony® Xperia® Z2 Tablet, The Slimmest And Lightest Waterproof 4G LTE Tablet, Comes To The U.S. Exclusively On The Verizon Wireless Network

Available for Pre-Order Starting July 10 and In-store Nationwide July 17

ATLANTA, GA — July 9, 2014 — Sony Mobile and Verizon Wireless today announced the Xperia Z2 Tablet will be available in the U.S. as an exclusive to Verizon Wireless, offering consumers a premium Android™ 4G LTE connected tablet. Verizon customers can pre-order for the Xperia Z2 Tablet beginning July 10, 2014 at www.verizonwireless.com.

Premium device built to handle life’s everyday surprises

At just 0.25” slim and weighing less than a pound, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is so slim and lightweight, you will forget you’re holding it. Even with its sleek build, you do not have to give a second thought about where you use it, since the Xperia Z2 Tablet is designed with a display that is scratch resistant and a body that is waterproof.

The Sony tablet has a super fast processor plus Sony’s latest battery saving technology, providing speedy and long-lasting performance to keep up with your daily activities. The 6000mAh battery plus STAMINA Mode can get you through longer than expected days of travel providing up to 10 hours of multimedia use. Additionally, the speed of the Snapdragon 801 processor paired with that of Verizon’s super fast 4G LTE network, helps you share your photos and files faster and stream your audio and video more smoothly.

An entertainment powerhouse with the best of Sony technology and content

Bringing together the best of Sony’s BRAVIA® TV and audio technology expertise, the Xperia Z2 Tablet lets you enjoy your entertainment in vivid detail. As the first 10.1” Full HD TRILUMINOS™ for mobile display with Live Color LED technology, the Xperia Z2 Tablet delivers an enhanced viewing experience with bright, true to life colors and sharp images. Through Sony’s Front Surround™ audio technology the device channels powerful, dynamic sound the way it was intended to be heard. Also, with digital noise cancelling support, the Xperia Z2 Tablet can help minimize background noise, even when you’re on the move. With the purchase of an Xperia Z2 Tablet, Verizon Wireless customers will have access to an exclusive entertainment offer. The bundle gives Xperia Z2 Tablet owners six blockbuster movies, an exclusive early access pass to “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” when it becomes available for digital download, and 90 days of free music streaming through Sony’s Music Unlimited.

For a broader gaming experience, the Xperia Z2 Tablet comes pre-loaded with the PlayStation®App which offers “PS4” integration; second screen gaming experiences; on-the-go access to the PlayStation®store to buy games and push them to your “PS4”; and access to the PlayStation®Network to stay connected with your friends. 

An ecosystem of accessories

To expand the consumer experience, premium accessories will also be available from Verizon Wireless to complement your Xperia Z2 Tablet experience with additional accessories forthcoming:

  • SCR12 Style Cover Stand – protect and display your tablet in style
  • BSC10 Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad - enjoy dual-purpose audio and charging
  • SRS-X3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - delivers amazing audio, One-touch listening convenience, and hands-free calling
  • CPF-10L Portable Power Supply - power up your smartphone and tablets anytime, anywhere
  • DK39 Magnetic Charging Dock – prop up your Xperia Z2 Tablet in the dock and watch movies while your tablet charges
  • SmartWatch2 Pro – take the Android experience beyond your tablet or smartphone to stay connected on the go
  • SmartBand – automatically log your movements, communication, entertainment, and bookmark special moments to watch your life played back on the Lifelog app

“From our Xperia Z2 Tablet and accessories to exclusive Sony content and experiences, we’re pleased to be working with Verizon to bring a strong Sony proposition to their customers,” said Ravi Nookala, President, Sony Mobile Communications North America. “This newly forged relationship with Verizon is an exciting proof point as we continue to build momentum in the U.S.”

Availability

Pre-order for the Xperia Z2 Tablet at Verizon Wireless will begin on July 10 2014 at www.verizonwireless.com. Customers who pre-order the device will receive a MDR-NC31EM Noise Cancelling headset for free, while supplies last. The Xperia Z2 Tablet is expected to be available nationwide at Verizon Wireless retail stores, select national retailers and dealers and online beginning July 17, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/tablets/xperia-z2-tablet/specifications/#tabs.

source: Verizon

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Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Display 10.1 inches 1200 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP (Single camera) 2.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 3GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 6000 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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