By Rich W Woods
I am late to writing this. In my defense, I have been super busy at Mobile World Congress. I spent the majority of the time with Microsoft. After all, they did invite me.
Right across from Microsoft’s area was Sony’s area, where they announced both the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet and the Sony Xperia M4 phone. Both devices promise to be very exciting products.
The big shock when you first pick up the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet is just how thin and light it is. This is coming from an iPad Air 2 user. The Sony Xperia Z4 tablet is 6.1 mm thick, making it the same width as the iPad Air 2, but not the thinnest tablet, as that title goes to the Dell Venue 8 7000, which is 6 mm thick. The Sony Xperia Z4 tablet comes in at 394 g while the iPad Air 2 comes in at 437 g. It is like holding air.
The Sony Xperia Z4 tablet rocks a powerful octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, making it Sony’s first 64 bit product (correct me if I’m wrong please) and a 1440p+ display. It will come in Wi-Fi only and LTE models. Hopefully, the LTE model will not be a Verizon exclusive in the United States as the Xperia Z2 tablet was. After all, no decent human being in their right mind would ever have dealings with a horrid, monstrosity of a company like Verizon.
It uses a 6,000 mAh battery life, which should deliver about 17 hours of SoT. I believe that number, as Sony is amazing with device battery life. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact delivers seven hours of SoT, which is the best of all the devices I used last year (all of them).
Possibly the most important part of the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet is that it is waterproof and dust proof. This is great as a tablet is something you want to be able to carry around with you, but you most likely are worried about it getting damaged. This can ease your mind a bit.
Users of the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet do have the option to use Sony’s new PS4 Remote Play features, although I’m not sure how well it would work on a tablet. PS4 Remote Play requires the user to strap the device to the controller and that wouldn’t be so comfortable with a tablet. It may have worked out with the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact tablet, but maybe not a full size tablet. Only one way to find out.
The price for the Wi-Fi only model will start at 549 Euros (no U.S. dollar amount just yet). I asked them about this, because at 549 Euros, they’re overpricing the iPad Air 2. They actually told me that they believe it is a better product than the iPad Air 2 and also that it is thinner and lighter. Of course, I called them out on it being the exact same width as the iPad Air 2.
I’m super excited about the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet for a few reasons. 1) I love tablets 2) I love Sony products 3) This thing just looks friggin cool! It’s so thin and light! I really don’t like when people say “We don’t need devices to get thinner and lighter. It’s fine as it is.” We do. We want to get to that point in a science fiction movie when the guy is holding a thin sheet of glass and it’s a tablet. I’m looking forward to reviewing the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet, so Sony, if you’re reading this, you know what to do.