By Stephen Schenck | February 17, 2014 4:43 PM
Following its Japanese introduction in January of last year, Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z (above) made its international debut at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. Now with this year’s Sony MWC press event just one week away, we’re curious to learn about any possible work towards a follow-up; sure, Sony has some smartphone hardware it’s been working on, but it’s been a full year now since the company came out with a new tablet. If some newly leaked specs can be trusted, it sounds like the presumed Xperia Tablet Z2 will largely deliver, though we can spot a few areas where the tablet may find criticism.
Supposedly, the Xperia Tablet Z2 will upgrade to a Snapdragon 800, as well as making the step up to having 3GB of RAM. Storage, camera, and battery details look unchanged from last year’s model, though even just keeping the same size 6000mAh battery is impressive considering claims that the Z2 will slim down to 6.4mm, as opposed to the 6.9mm-thick Xperia Tablet Z.
Waterproofing should once again be present, and the tablet could ship with Android 4.4 KitKat. All pretty nice, right? So where’s this criticism? Well, the fact is that Samsung raised the Android tablet bar pretty high with its TabPRO models, and we’re going to have to start arguing soon (if not already) that for a 10-inch or higher flagship-level tablet, you really need to have a 2560 x 1600 resolution. Here, Sony’s rumored to return to the same res 1920 x 1200 panel it employed last year. Is that a deal-breaker? Probably not, but the whole point of the first Tablet Z was how super-premium it looked and felt, and Sony may be making a mistake by letting the Z2 fall behind the curve.
Source: @evleaks (Twitter)