Sony has made some of the best Android tablets in the market – at least since the introduction of the Xperia Tablet Z in 2013. All of the tablets have great build quality, a slim/lightweight design, long battery life, good performance, sharp displays and, to top it off, water resistance. Sony Xperia Tablet customers are also happy too – check out the high Amazon UK ratings that each model has received below.
However, given the challenging smartphone market, as evidenced by last week’s results there is no guarantee that Sony will continue to cater for the tablet market. A recent Japanese blog post by a Sony store manager speculated that the company may withdraw from the tablet market after receiving marketing material suggesting so.
The news would not surprise us, after all, we know that tablets made just 5% of Sony Mobile’s revenues back in 2013 and that was expected to shrink even further. Given the R&D costs of developing and supporting new devices, Sony may feel that producing another tablet for 2016 might not be commercially viable.
Would you be sad to see Sony no longer produce tablets going forward? Did you ever purchase a Sony Xperia Tablet? If so, what were your general opinions of it? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.
Sony Xperia Tablet review ratings on Amazon.co.uk
Xperia Tablet Z (4.4 rating from 194 reviews)
Xperia Z2 Tablet (4.4 rating from 154 reviews)
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (4.8 rating from 121 reviews)
Xperia Z4 Tablet (4.5 rating from 64 reviews)