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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1 vs Apple iPad Air specs comparison

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1 vs Apple iPad Air specs comparison
After releasing the world's thinnest, lightest 10" slate last year with the Tablet Z, Sony today came up with its Z2 Tablet successor, which owns those same superlatives now. Sony still kept the new slate waterproof, and with IP58 certification at that, so let's give it a quick comparison with the current best representatives of the 10" tablet universe - Apple's iPad Air, and Samsung's Tab PRO 10.1.


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.

Check out the rest of the specs sheet comparison details below, and tell us which one would you pick, as they are likely to be priced in a very similar way, yet offer rather different experiences in terms of design and software.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1

OSAndroid (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4)iOS (10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)Android (4.4)
Dimensions10.47 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)
Weight15.49 oz (439 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
16.86 oz (478 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
16.54 oz (469 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
Materials Main body: Aluminum 
RuggedWater, Dust resistant  
IP certified

IP certified - The IP code indicates the degree of protection against dust and water. The first number represents dust protection, while the second represents water protection. In IP67, for example, 6 means a completely dust-tight device, while 7 means the device can stay immersed in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. In IP68, a higher level of water protection is expected, but exact numbers aren't specified: both depth and continuance are specified by the manufacturer on per device basis.

IP 58  
Physical size10.1 inches9.7 inches10.1 inches
Resolution1920 x 1200 pixels2048 x 1536 pixels2560 x 1600 pixels
Pixel density

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 ppi264 ppi299 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.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

64.68 %71.65 %70.97 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera8.1 megapixels5 megapixels8 megapixels
Flash  LED
Aperture size

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.

Focal length (35mm equivalent) 33 mm 
Hardware FeaturesAutofocusAutofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus
Software FeaturesManual focus, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoomDigital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingSmile detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.263, H.264, 3GPPH.264, MOV 
FeaturesHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR)Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video callingVideo calling
Front-facing camera2.2 megapixels1.2 megapixels2 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps) 
System chip

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 8074Apple A7Qualcomm 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 400Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bitQuad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Adreno 330PowerVR G6430Adreno 330
System memory

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.

3 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR31 GB RAM / LPDDR32 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

16 GB128 GB32 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

6000 mAh8820 mAh8220 mAh
Stand-by time51.7 days (1240 hours)
the average is 25 days (600 h)
Stand-by time (3G)50.0 days (1200 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
Stand-by time (4G)50.0 days (1200 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
Music playback188.00 hours 147.00 hours
Video playback13.00 hours 10.00 hours
Screen mirroringDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, MirrorLinkTV-outWireless screen share, MHL, TV-out

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 
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sLTE, HSPA, UMTSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
Shopping information
MSRP price$ 500$ 929 

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:29 1

1. serendipityfierce (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Jan 2014)


posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:30 1

2. culdude (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

It's z2 not g2

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:42

3. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Each of these have their own superiority and its really difficult to choose.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:58

4. ScottSchneider (Posts: 336; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

Correction.. 2GB not 3GB... Did you just Cut/Copy/Paste the Z2 Specs PA ?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:28 1

6. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

3GB is right
check Sony's official site.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:06 4

5. ankiipankii (Posts: 81; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)

ram is 3GB ..correct it PA

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:23

7. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)

Anybody at PA reading any of this?? Z2 is not mimicking Samsung's memory. It has 50% more!

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