SONY XPERIA TABLET Z

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Sony opts for a min­i­mal­ist rec­tan­gu­lar de­sign for the Xperia Tablet Z, which is pretty much just a larger ver­sion of the Xperia Z smart­phone. The no-non­sense de­sign ac­tu­ally works well in tablet form as, thanks to its ul­tra thin 6.9mm side pro­file, it’s light too at just 495g.

One mi­nor con­cern with the chas­sis is that it has a fair bit of flex, which can be some­what un­nerv­ing. How­ever, it has the same glass fi­bre polyamide Om­niBalance de­sign that runs around the edges, so it should be able to sur­vive a few knocks and drops.

Like the Xperia Z, the Tablet Z boasts an IP57 rat­ing, which means it’s dust re­sis­tant and wa­ter­proof. How­ever, this also means that all ports are sealed by a pull-tab when closed, which can be quite fid­dly to open.

The Tablet Z runs a close-to-de­fault ver­sion of An­droid 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with a few of Sony’s tweaks. For ex­am­ple, the top left cor­ner of the screen has a bar where you can slot four of your fa­vorite apps for quicker ac­cess. You also can use So­cial­life, a con­tent ag­gre­ga­tor that shows posts from the var­i­ous so­cial net­work­ing sites in a Flip­board­like style.

The 10.1-inch dis­play of the Tablet Z comes with a lower res­o­lu­tion of 1,920 x 1,200 pix­els, which falls short of the dis­plays found on the iPad Air, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edi­tion and Ex­cite Write. The dis­play de­liv­ers ex­cel­lent con­trast with deep blacks and vivid col­ors.

Run­ning un­der the hood are a Qual­comm Snap­dragon S4 quad­core 1.5GHz pro­ces­sor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of in­ter­nal stor­age, an 8-megapixel rear cam­era and a 6,000mAh bat­tery. The matte black fin­ish pro­vides

ex­tra grip.

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