With the Xperia Z4 Tablet, Sony is setting out to show that it knows how to deliver some premium hardware. At just 6.1mm thick, it can go head-to-head with the Apple iPad Air 2 in the race for super-thin tablets – and it does so while delivering a screen that’s both larger and of much higher resolution. Maybe more importantly, Sony’s offering comes in weighing ten percent less that Apple’s. Understandably, we’re going to be seeing a lot of comparisons made between these two devices, so we wanted to get a head start on our analysis. That meant bringing an iPad Air 2 along to Sony’s MWC setup today to put these two models head to head.

But beyond those similarities, there are a lot of differences here, too. Of course there’s the OS issue to consider, but even beyond that we’ve got one model with a widescreen display and one with a 4:3 aspect ratio; just which you prefer is going to depend a lot on what you intend to do with your tablet, from productivity tasks to media consumption. Other trade-offs are harder to balance: do you want a tablet with security features like a fingerprint scanner, or is the sound of front-firing stereo speakers a little more appealing?

There’s a lot to compare as we look at these two models, so don’t waste any time in clicking below to get our full impressions:

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