Sony Xpe­ria Z2 Tablet

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - JohnLaw

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.

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