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.
Samsung has lost considerable market share in the smartphone world over the last year, something that has been well documented. The company's slide is only really put into perspective when you see individual countries in isolation and Sammy has lost huge ground in key markets such as China, South Korea, and Japan. However, it seems the company's troubles in these important huge regions are not specific to smartphones.
HTC rolled out its first full tablet last year, the problem is, the Nexus 9 is more associated with Google and Android than it is the Taiwanese company. That's because HTC produces the table to fly Google's Nexus banner. However, the smartphone maker is going to enter the slate market on its own two feet in 2015 using the Nexus 9 as a blueprint, according to reports.
You may remember last year that Samsung's 2014 tablet line up leaked early. History has repeated itself as the 2015 range of slates from the Korean company has also landed before any of the products launch.
Apple's iPad Air 2 is the best tablet on the market, and no I am not an Apple die-hard in the slightest (as my Android smartphone will attest). However, the Air 2 sets the standard in terms of getting the most things right, but even this amazing slate is lacking something. It, and indeed a multitude of Android tablets cannot offer the kind of productivity offered by Windows 8.1 tablets that rock a full PC OS.
There have been widespread reports that Apple will make a large screen iPad next year, while Samsung already has a "Pro" slate, but another company may be joining this growing niche. Sony is reportedly entering the fray with its own oversized tablet, a device that will be launched in 2015.
Nokia's recently announced N1 tablet is a monumental device in the company's history as the Finnish giant is starting all over again. After selling its devices division to Microsoft, Nokia is starting as a new entity and this is its first hardware step in a new direction. The N1 is pretty good, if a little too close to the iPad Mini, and it reminds us that Nokia actually knows how to make a solid device.
Big tablets have never quite worked, at least on the Android platform. I played extensively with the HP Slate 21 and while I like the concept, apps on Android were just not ideal for such a big screen, but Windows is of course another matter. The latest product to prove that is probably the Toshiba TT301, a slate that has a huge 24-inch screen.
Xiaomi has made its presence felt this year by putting a considerable thorn into the side of Samsung by taking a chunk of its Android sales in Asia. The Chinese company is going to go after Samsung again in 2015 and the first product to do that will be a new tablet. Of course, Xiaomi already makes a slate, but this device will chart a course for Samsung's market share once again.
Dual-SIM handsets that allow the user to have two networks loaded onto one device are pretty common, especially in emerging markets. However, dual SIM tablets have yet to really make their presence felt, with not many device springing to mind that have the feature (The Asus Fonepad 7). Chinese brand ZTE is changing that with a slate that it is developing with dual-SIM functionality.