News by Luke Jones on Monday March 02, 2015.
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Sony may not have had a flagship smartphone to launch at MWC today, but the company did usher in the Xperia Z4 series with announcement of the high end Xperia Z4 Tablet. The flagship slate continues Sony's recent stellar output in this market and will undoubtedly be among the best Android tablets available. It also has a unique calling card as it is the thinnest slate that your hard earned money can buy.We got our hands on the device briefly and as you would expect it is a well-made machine, with a build quality that matches some of the best slates on the market. Sony's tablets have never been what we would call sexy, and the Xperia Z4 Table is no different. It has a functional look and once again it is perhaps a little too square for our taste, although there is no doubting the premium feel of the device. The thing really worth paying attention to here is the thinness of the product, at just 6.1mm thick the Z4 Tablet really is a feat of engineering and is startling to hold in the hand. Sony has slapped an octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 with 3GB of RAM inside the Xperia Z4, and we expect that will deliver some pretty special performance. Considering Sony's take on the Android UI is typically pretty light, I am willing to bet that if the Z4 is not the best performing slate on the market, it is close. On top of that it gets a 10.1-inch screen with 2K resolution, so everything from productivity to gaming and media consumption is going to look great, although Sony's recent screen output has been hit and miss, so we would wait for a concise review before making any lasting judgements. Sony has not said when the Xperia Z4 Tablet will be launched, or indeed how much it will cost. It is worth remembering that Sony's high end slates are normally premium, so I expect even the basic Wi-Fi model of the Z4 Tablet (there is an LTE model too) will be in the range of $500.
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