Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet hands-on

Sony almost made us fall in love with its most recent tablet, the water-tight Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. But Sony has a new kid on the block, the brand-new Xperia Z4 Tablet that was announced at MWC earlier today. From the get-go, we are dealing with a large, 10.1-inch slate that is touted as being the slimmest tablet in the world right now, beating its rivals by a pretty small margin while still pertaining the waterproof feature that has been a standard for Sony's more recent devices. But is this a recipe for success?


As we mentioned, the Xperia Z4 Tablet is a pretty thin tablet - at just 6.1mm thick, it boasts the same thickness as the Apple iPad Air 2, but we assume that Sony is aware of that. As a result, we suppose that the Japan-based maker has made its newest slate just a hair thinner than the latest Cupertino tablet. The Xperia Z4 Tablet is thin, but quite large as well - after all, it flaunts a 10.1-inch 2K display up front. Still, it's ultra light, tipping the scales at merely 389gr.

As far as build materials are concerned, the tablet is made of plastic, but don't avert your eyes just yet! It's not among the best-looking tablets we've seen, but the plastic used for he rear is pretty comfortable to the feel, somewhat resembling the "glam" cover of the Samsung Galaxy S5. 

It also strikes us that the tablet has some quite large bezels - normally, these allow you to comfortably hold the slate and rest your thumbs on the frames, but not just everybody will instantaneously fall in love with the design of the tablet. As a whole, it feels like a solid, well-built gadget.


As we mentioned, we have a 10.1-inch display up front, with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact had a hate-it-or-love it display with a pretty high maximum brightness yet quite color-inaccurate, and we are hoping that Sony has learned its lesson and put a better screen inside its new slate. 

It seems that this might be a fact, but we will refrain from making assumptions before we've measured the display - after all, we've been handling display units, which might differ from the final version.

Interface and functionality

The Xperia Z4 Tablet is powered by the sweet new take on Android, 5.0.2 Lollipop. We have Sony's minimalistic UI running on top, which was expected. 

As usual, Sony's UI offering is not among the more feature-packed ones, but it's as lightweight as it gets. We suppose that Sony will focus on the multimedia features of the tablet, just like it did with the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and the Xperia Z2 Tablet. 

Processor and memory

Sony has put a powerful 64-bit Snapdragon 810 octa-core chipset inside its new tablet, making it one of the first slates to come with the top-tier Qualcomm silicon, recently overshadowed by the Snapdragon 820. The silicon works seamlessly in concert with 3GB of RAM. Just as you might imagine, we are dealing with a powerful and respectable hardware setup not only as per tablet, but per smartphone standards as well.

From the get-go, you will be able to make use of 32GB of native storage. If this is not enough, you can always insert a microSD card in the on-board slot and enjoy your increased storage capacity. 

At the back, we have a pretty size-able 6,000mAh battery at the back - considering that the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact with its 4,500mAh juicer was a long-lasting trooper, we can only imagine how long this new Sony will last. We won't be surprised if its breaks a record or two.


Cameras have never truly been the highlight of any tablet, but alas, it's a feature that has to be mentioned nonetheless. In particular, the Xperia Z4 Tablet comes with an 8MP rear camera that is touted as being promises to deliver in both good and dark lighting. 

In the meantime, we have a 5MP selfie snapper at the front of the tablet. There is no flash at the back (unfortunately), but we suppose that Sony has something up the sleeve of its tablet to live up to the claims of the improved low-lighting performance.


Sony has gone the safe way with the Xperia Z4 Tablet. Similar to the previous tablet offerings of the Japan-based maker, it's a streamlined and polished, well-built tablet that seemingly has the right properties to make us fall in platonic love with it. We'll have to spend more time with it before we can confirm this, but from the looks of it, Sony is on the right path.

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Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Display 10.1" 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP / 5.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 6000 mAh(34h 3G talk time)



1. MyPhoneIsBetterThanYours

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

No doubt that this is Better than that Apple iPad junk.

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

Apple A8x chip kills the SD 810. And it doesn't look like a 50$ picture frame

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

so true

4. MyPhoneIsBetterThanYours

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

You are just a stupid Apple fanboy.

9. TyrionLannister unregistered

I'm bookmarking this page. This is the first time I've been honored to be called an Apple fanboy.

21. ankitp

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

haha 1st time ,you are upgraded bro cheers

5. Omarion07

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

When i read your comments, I picture them in Tyrion Lannister's voice! LOL

7. Omarion07

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I don't know if the comparison is fair. Because each of these processors work for different ecosystems

36. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Only look like an oversized iphone..

10. usermaxthon

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

This tablet looks great. But there is a reason iPad is the king of the hill. iPad has unparallel amoung of tablet optimized apps and it also has various kind of accessory to complement its functionality. No android tablet can match ipad in terms of functionality and flexibility.

37. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Agreed for the app ( even if developpement of tab app on ipad is almost non existant now ) they do have more but google closing the gap. For the rest well i dont need ton of useless accessory just a simple case with keyboard. I also prefer to have waterproofing and dust proof as i usually let my child use my tab. So i completely disagree with the last comment an android tablet can in fact be better in term of flexibility than an ipad. Many iphone app wont work on an ipad btw as they dont have an iphone version. But on my android i can use ALL the app of the market with no such limitation.

6. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You can have a break dancing battle on these bezels.

11. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I guess it's impossible to do, but I'm sure that the bezel will provide comfort and security when you're holding it, especially if you're holding it with one hand.

38. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

and make it harder to bend... ipad is really flexible!

15. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012


20. kabiluddin

Posts: 277; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Man, I laughing really hard right now. God I love this website. It's the same guy who expressed his hatred towards trolls couple of times but now he is the one who keeps trolling Sony articles. Trolls think their little effort on the web pages like this will help their preferred companies. They are so detached from the real world that I think they don't understand anymore how real world works.

22. ankitp

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

your name should be ITJUSTOOOH

8. dufis

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

best,i cant wait z4 compact tablet

12. Spikes9s

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 09, 2013

I own the Z Ultra 6.44 phablet, since that model all Sony phones/tablets look and feel the same....:/ No wonder they looking to sell the phone division,... their products desighn is on hold for the last 3 generation as if since Ericsson divorce, Sony is unable to recover and put up a decent contender to really fight for the Android best title!!! Looks like their decision making heads always picking the wrong decisions... Great Camera----->Bad controls, Water resistence----->No warranty if damaged by water (WTF but sadly true, read the small leters in the manual), TFT screens (BTW NO ONE ELSE USES THAT TECH no matter how "triluminous" they call it ------> poor color reproduction, brightness & outdoor visibility!!! This 10 inch tablet looks really horrible for 2015, marks are no younger than the 2012 ones...

18. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Design is something personal you like it or you don't. Looking to sell their phone division is just a rumor. Xperia s wasn't the same since the z they used omnibalance design language. Since the z ultra they used ips if im not mistaken. The z2 and z3 used ips for sure. Great camera -> bad auto mode Not controls as they have a camera button. Tft is fixed as i mentioned before. Poor color reproduction? Z2 had very good color reproduction but sony intentionally made it colder as the whites look better. I prefer that as i changed my z2t settings to a colder temperature. If you don't you can change that 2 on the z3 series. Brightness and outdoor visibility? What are you smoking?

24. Spikes9s

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 09, 2013

Change ur pusher coz he's selling you the grass growing on his front patch to smoke!!! " they used ips if im not mistaken" first go inform yourself and get educated you prick, I did not post to start a flamewar and if you wanna argue respond to all the issues not only the one you find convenient... Nothing more to say rest my case and BTW I started by stating: "I own the Z Ultra 6.44 phablet" you not even care to read that go back to your plants phoney peasant....

25. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

What? I said on the z ultra im not sure about a ips panel. Some say it has one some say its a tft. But with the wide viewing angle i guess its a ips. The z2 and z3 used ips for sure. What is not to understand about that? I've responded on all your issues that needed a response except 1 that i see now the waterproofing. Its under warranty but you need to have the flaps closed correctly also not in salt water. If your phone gets damaged by water you can send it to them and they will do a vacuum test if the flaps are closed correctly and there is a leak you'll get it fixed or a new one. If there is no problem it means you didn't close the flaps correct. So than it would be your own fault and it doesn't fall under the warranty. And what does it matter what phone you have? You are talking about sony phones not only the z ultra as you said: " I own the Z Ultra 6.44 phablet, since that model all Sony phones/tablets look and feel the same. " The feel is pretty different of a 6.44 inch, 6.5mm with anti shatterproof sheet in comparison to a 5.2 inch, 7.9 or 8.5 mm without the plastic sheet. Plastic and glass are different materials if you didn't know. Also z ultra is pretty sharp on the edges z3 is round. Brightness and outdoor visibility (as i probably should explain it to you) z3 has 713nits it means its very bright probably the brightest flagship. To make it a bit clearer Galaxy s5 442 nits G3 455 nits Xperia Z2 458 nits Note4 468 nits one m8 490 nits Iphone 6 plus 574 nits Iphone 6 606 nits Xperia z3 713 nits Oh and higher is brighter

39. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Working in a cellshop here. Z2 and Z3 use high quality IPS screen. Only Z1 was TFT of the 3 model we got.


Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

this tablet is failed to impress me as it looks like another “Samsung”

29. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

...said no one ever.

14. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

maybe Qualcomm should think of making a higher clocked chip mainly for tablet like a qsd810s

16. KashunatoR

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

The Tab S 10.5 is better than this one, except for the chipset, which doesn't matter much if you only use it as media device as I do. Those bezels are unacceptable IMO and they don't even contain capacitive keys :(

17. Jason2k13

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Another Sony tablet that pretty much looks the same as all their tablets, this time it's made of plastic, which keeps the Sony fanboys quite about the material used. Sony just bumps the specs and adding no new feature and the ui still looks the same from 2013. Sony is just lazy now, I just hope they make alot of changes to the z4 because the z3 was almost the same as z1 and z2 with just minor changes.

30. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

"his time it's made of plastic" Funny I could've sworn it used a metal frame and mineral glass screen. " ui still looks the same from 2013. " Did you miss the part where it has a new 'start bar' for multitasking? "z3 was almost the same as z1 and z2" Yeah because the Z1/Z2 has speakers cut on the glass, white face plate on white body and chiseled corners. But you knew all this stuff, right?

19. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

looks really good but in black for me. If it can make phonecalls i will consider this as a replacement for my z3tc. But im not sure about the 2k screen

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