THESKIPPED GEN­ER­A­TION

Sony Xpe­ria Z4 Tablet

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - By John Law

Sony's mo­bile di­vi­sion has been pretty quiet when it comes to the topic of tablets. Af­ter an­nounc­ing the Xpe­ria Z3 Tablet Com­pact back in IFA last year, the com­pany didn't re­lease the Xpe­ria Z4 Tablet un­til a lit­tle more than half a year later. Con­sid­ered to be the of­fi­cial suc­ces­sor to last gen­er­a­tion's Xpe­ria Z2 Tablet, the ob­vi­ous ques­tions fol­low the tablet: Is it an im­prove­ment over its pre­de­ces­sor and more im­por­tantly, is it worth the ask­ing price?

It's not an ex­ag­ger­a­tion when we tell you that the Xpe­ria Z4 Tablet will take you by sur­prise from the very minute you hold it in your hand. Its weight is one the most out­stand­ing fea­tures for a tablet with a 10.1inch dis­play, and af­ter us­ing the tablet as our daily driver for read­ing doc­u­ments and watch­ing videos, hold­ing other tablets like Ap­ple's iPad mini 2 or even Sam­sung's 8.4-inch Gal­axy Tab S felt like we were hold­ing a brick.

Another key selling point of the Xpe­ria Z4 Tablet is its dis­play. At a res­o­lu­tion of 2,560 x 1,600, it is the first Sony tablet to be fit­ted with a dis­play that is sharper than Full HD (by com­par­i­son, the Xpe­ria Z3 Tablet Com­pact only had a dis­play res­o­lu­tion of 1,920 x 1,200). This means that the word­ings in doc­u­ments or web­sites ap­pear less pix­e­lated, while color and im­ages – with the help of Sony's X-Re­al­ity for Mo­bile en­gine – ap­pear more vi­brant and nat­u­ral, and less sat­u­rated in com­par­i­son to the de­vices from its Korean ri­val.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the Xpe­ria Z4 Tablet also comes with its own key­board dock (an ac­ces­sory which, sadly, was not pro­vided to us along with the tablet). With the key­board dock, the tablet can also dou­ble as an im­promptu Ul­tra­book or Chrome­book.

Like all Xpe­ria Z de­vices, the Xpe­ria Z4 Tablet has an IP68 rat­ing, along with a cap­less Mi­cro-USB port, which is a boon in it­self, be­cause it meant that we didn't need to fid­dle around in or­der to charge it up or con­nect it to our PC.

Con­sid­er­ing that it houses Qual­comm's Snap­dragon 810 SoC, we gen­uinely weren't ex­pect­ing the Xpe­ria Z4 Tablet's per­for­mance to be lack­lus­ter. On 3DMark's Sling Shot and Fire Strike Un­lim­ited bench­marks, the tablet man­aged to ob­tain a score of 1,117 and 24,092, re­spec­tively. On PCMark 8, AnTuTu, and Quad­rant, it scored 4,245, 56,675 and 26,650 for each re­spec­tive bench­mark, while on Epic Ci­tadel, the tablet's pro­ces­sor man­aged to main­tain an av­er­age frame rate of 42.7 fps on Ul­tra High Qual­ity set­tings.

Net­work

4G LTE / Wi-Fi

Dis­play

10.1-inch 2K (2,560 x 1,600) w/ X-Re­al­ity for Mo­bile

Cam­era

8.1MP (rear), 5.1MP (front)

OS

An­droid 5.0 Lol­lipop (up­grade­able to An­droid 5.1 Lol­lipop)

Price

RM2,699

AT A GLANCE

This is one tablet that will have no prob­lems de­liv­er­ing.

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