Sony Has Slimmest, Lightest Waterproof Tablet With Z2 Tablet

Along with its new Z2 phone, Sony has announced the Xperia Z2 Tablet to go along with it. The company boasts that it's the world's slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet, which is impressive, but it does exist within a pretty exclusive club by being one of the few that's waterproof.

Also taking a page from the phone, the Xperia Z2 Tablet features Live Color LED display, which uses red and green phosphor with blue LEDs and customized color filters to produce a brighter and more uniform light. It also retains the BRAVIA TV and X-Reality features of the Xperia family.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is positioned for media consumption too, with Sony's Front Surround audio technology for better music and movie playback. Like the Z2 phone, this tablet has the digital noise cancelling technology that Sony claims can help reduce up to 98 percent of ambient noise, when used with the compact in-ear MDR NC31EM Noise Cancelling Headset.

The Z2 Tablet could also be a good choice for gamers, as it supports compatibility with the DualShock 3 PlayStation controller. It's a Bluetooth device, but still a nice option that ties the Sony universe together.

Going back to the slimmest and lightest points, the Z2 Tablet is only 6.4 mm thick, weighs 426 grams for Wi-Fi model and 439 grams for the LTE/3G model. Under the hood it packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with a 2.3 GHz processor quad-core Krait CPU with the Adreno 330 GPU.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet also integrates Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which enables devices to charge up to 75 percent faster than devices without the fast charging technology. The large 6000 mAh lithium polymer battery, together with Sony's Battery STAMINA Mode, provides up to 10 hours of uninterrupted multimedia usage and more than 100 hours music playback without having to recharge your battery.

Besides media and gaming, Sony's hoping it can be a productivity tool when paired with the BKC50BT Bluetooth Keyboard and Tablet Cover Stand. The inclusion of OfficeSuite Pro 7 allows users to view, edit and share native Microsoft Office files too.

The camera is where the Z2 phone model leaps ahead of the tablet. The tablet has an 8.1MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile, while the phone has a 20.7MP sensor. For video calling, there's a 2.2MP front-facing HD camera that is ideal for catching up with family and friends.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet will launch globally from March 2014 in black or white color variants.

Check out all our Mobile World Congress 2014 coverage here!

Follow Marcus Yam @MarcusYamFollow us @tomshardware, on Facebook and on Google+.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • outlw6669
    Information missing from this advertisement:

    This is a 10.1" tablet with a 1920x1080 resolution (224 PPI).
    It has 3GB of RAM and runs Android 4.4.2.
    16GB of storage with MicroSD support up to 64GB.

    Really, if you are going to advertise, at least provide the full specs!
  • bjaminnyc
    Nice specs, but the boarders seem to wide and glossy.
  • quantum mask
    Information missing from this advertisement:This is a 10.1" tablet with a 1920x1080 resolution (224 PPI).It has 3GB of RAM and runs Android of storage with MicroSD support up to 64GB.Really, if you are going to advertise, at least provide the full specs!
    Funny, what you just mentioned was the ONLY information I was looking for! I was about to do my own research and post what you just did, which is a shame, because I come HERE to do research sometimes!
  • Murissokah
  • BranFlake5
    I like it. Sony makes a solid Tablet. I bet it will be 400-600 Dollars. Hopefully Google comes out with a Nexus 10 2nd Gen soon. I want new tablets so bad.