SEXIER THAN EVER
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
When Sony first launched the Xperia Tablet Z, everyone knew that the company had set a new precedence for design. Sure, it may not have sold as many units as its more popular Korean competitor, but the one thing it did do was redefine the concept of beauty and elegance for a smart device. The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is a device that shows that Sony can indeed make something even more desirable with the most subtle of changes.
If you were expecting a tablet that has been redesigned and reworked, disappointment is all that you will find at this doorstep. The Z2 Tablet is, in a way, Sony's commitment of improving upon an already impressive product. Understand, the changes that you see on the Z2 Tablet are subtle and refined. The tablet is thinner than its predecessor and lighter too, which actually made holding and carrying it during everyday use feel almost non-existent.
Even the display has been given a change as well. Instead of a BRAVIA screen, Sony has managed to incorporate the TRILUMINOS display technology into the Z2 Tablet. Compared to their previous use of a TFT display, the color gamut produced and replicated by Sony's TRILUMINOS technology is actually more natural than its predecessor.
Sadly, there is one prevalent design flaw with the Z2 Tablet and that was its camera. The 8.1-megapixel camera is still capable of taking some really sharp pictures, but because the tablet lacks a flash, its low-light capabilities were greatly hampered, resulting in a high-noise presence in dimly lit pictures.
Like the Tablet Z, the Z2 Tablet houses the same 6,000mAh battery. Battery life is significantly longer, thanks in no small part to the combination of Sony's STAMINA mode and Google's more energy-efficient Android 4.4 KitKat OS. On a full charge, we managed to clock in close to 10 hours of continuous use, which include watching videos on YouTube, browsing the web and turning on its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi settings. On standby and STAMINA mode, we could leave the Z2 Tablet alone for nearly 11 days before we actually needed to charge it again.
On a side note, the speakers on the Z2 Tablet are another marked improvement over the last tablet as well. Rather putting them directly below the tablet, Sony opted instead of place them at the top-side of the display, just at the edge of its bezel.
For the benchmarks, we ran our usual synthetic benchmarks of 3DMark, AnTuTu, Quadrant and Epic Citadel. The scores for each benchmark were 18,359, 34,302 and 18,236 for 3DMark's Ice Storm Unlimited, AnTuTu and Quadrant. On Epic Citadel, the Z2 Tablet managed to maintain an average FPS of 53 frames on the app's Ultra High Quality settings.