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


Display size

10.1 inches
9.7 inches
10.1 inches


1920 x 1200 pixels
2048 x 1536 pixels
2560 x 1600 pixels

Pixel density

224 ppi
264 ppi
299 ppi


Super Clear LCD


64.68 %
71.65 %
70.97 %

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8074
Apple A7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974


Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400


Adreno 330
PowerVR G6430
Adreno 330



Internal storage

16 GB
128 GB
32 GB


Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4)
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
Android (4.4)



6000 mAh
8820 mAh
8220 mAh

Stand-by time

51.7 days (1240 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 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 playback

188.00 hours
147.00 hours

Video playback

13.00 hours
10.00 hours



Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

8.1 megapixels
5 megapixels
8 megapixels


Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)


Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 33 mm

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, 3GPP
H.264, MOV


High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
Video calling


2.2 megapixels
1.2 megapixels
2 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)



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)


15.49 oz (439 g)
the average is 20.6 oz (587 g)
16.86 oz (478 g)
the average is 20.6 oz (587 g)
16.54 oz (469 g)
the average is 20.6 oz (587 g)


Back: Aluminum


Water, Dust; IP 58


Notification light, Stylus

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 500
$ 929



1. serendipityfierce

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 29, 2014


2. culdude

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

It's z2 not g2

3. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

4. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

6. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

3GB is right check Sony's official site.

5. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

ram is 3GB ..correct it PA

7. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

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

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