The alleged specifications of the upcoming “Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet” has leaked courtesy of @evleaks. The tablet is expected to have model number SGP521 (for the LTE version) and codename Castor. We have compared the specifications of the Xperia Tablet Z2 and Xperia Tablet Z in the table below, but essentially not much has changed.
Obviously Sony felt it hit onto a winning formula with the Xperia Tablet Z and therefore the successor mainly brings a more powerful chipset (2.3GHz quad-core and 3GM RAM) and a very thin profile. The Xperia Tablet Z2 will be just 6.4mm in thickness, which is marginally thinner than the Xperia Z Ultra (6.5mm) and over 1mm thinner than the Apple iPad Air. This will certainly be one desirable piece of kit.
Sony XPERIA Z2 tablet: SD800 (2.3GHz x4), 10.1" 1920×1200 Triluminos, 3GB/16GB/microSD, 8MP/2MP, 6000mAh, 6.4mm, KK 4.4, waterproof.
— @evleaks (@evleaks) February 17, 2014
We would also expect the Xperia Tablet Z2 to have a higher IP certification than the Xperia Tablet Z (IP55/IP57). A dust and water resistance certification of IP55/IP58 is very likely. The Xperia Tablet Z2 will launch with Android KitKat, but the older Xperia Tablet Z will also receive KitKat at some point down the line.
Similarities between the old and new Xperia tablets include a 10.1-inch (1920×1200) display, 8MP/2MP cameras, 6000mAh capacity battery, internal storage starting at 16GB and a microSD memory card slot.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is one of our favourite Xperia devices from 2013 and this new tablet looks like it will continue in similar vein. It takes what made the Xperia Tablet Z successful and makes it more powerful and thinner. This is a formula that Apple has been using for many years with great success. We can’t wait to hear more details, which hopefully will be in a week’s time at MWC.
Spec comparison: Rumoured Xperia Tablet Z2 versus Xperia Tablet Z
Xperia Tablet Z2
Xperia Tablet Z
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974AB)||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064+MDM9215M )|
|Processor||2.3GHz quad-core||1.5GHz quad-core|
|Graphics||Adreno 330||Adreno 320|
|Resolution||1920 x 1200 Triluminos||1920 x 1200|
|Rear Camera||8MP||8.1MP Exmor R|
|microSD memory card||Yes||Yes|
|Water resistance||? (IP55/IP58 likely)||IP55/IP57|
|Weight (g)||? (Thinner profile should mean a lower weight)||495|
|Android version||Android 4.4 KitKat||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean [Upgradeable to KitKat]|