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Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 Vs Z1 Specs showdown

Samsung may be planning to steal the show at MWC 2014 with the official Galaxy S5 unveil, but Sony are planning a massive announcement of their own with the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 reveal.

We already told you about initial Xperia Tablet Z2 specs here earlier this week, but now we offer a much closer insight for those that are specifically looking for a Xperia Tablet Z2 Vs Z1 specs showdown.

As you may have heard, consumers have begun to discuss Sony’s upgrade in great detail, as some have shown their early shock at the fact that the Xperia Tablet Z2 may not be classed as a ‘major’ upgrade.

Now we want to break it down for you, so you know exactly how each tablet differs, based on the specs provided by EVLeaks – a source that always seems to provide us with the goods, with 100% accuracy.

Display: While the current Xperia Tablet Z has a 10.1-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution, you may be very surprised to see that Sony doesn’t appear to have made any upgrades to this area.

The Xperia Tablet Z2 display could also turn out to be 10.1-inches with the same 1920×1200, which is a bit shocking considering that we are hearing rumors about tablets coming with 2K and 4K resolutions as standard.

Are you tempted by Sony's upgrade or not?
Are you tempted by Sony’s upgrade or not?

Processor: This area is a lot more pleasing, we’re happy to say. The Xperia Tablet Z is running on a 1.5ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, but the leak suggests that Sony will finally upgrade the Xperia Tablet Z2 processor with a 2.3Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip instead.

Storage: This is the area which is perhaps the hottest topic at the moment. If we are to believe EVLeak’s word, then the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 may only come with 16GB of internal storage. This is different to the Tablet Z1 which is available to buy in a 32GB capacity.

Consumers will still have the option of upgrading storage with a 64GB MicroSD card, but many will argue that it isn’t the same as core internal storage and definitely still a frustration when apps cannot be installed to the SD card.

On a more pleasing note, it looks like the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 RAM is going to be 3GB, which is a refreshing and much needed upgrade from the current model which has 2GB of RAM fitted. 3GB appears to be the 2014 tablet standard right now, so it’s nice to see that Sony has taken this area into account at least.

Camera: While the Xperia Tablet Z1 offers an 8 megapixel camera on the rear and a 2MP camera on the front, we are again surprised to see that Sony has apparently opted against upgrading. A 16 megapixel rear camera would have been nice, but 8 megapixels will probably still be acceptable – but only just.

Sony has managed to make this baby even more thinner.
Sony has managed to make this baby even more thinner.

Battery: Again, this is an area which may disappoint some of you. For a 2014 tablet, you probably should be expecting a battery upgrade from Sony. Instead though, it looks like the Xperia Tablet Z2 is going to ship with a 6,000mAh battery again, same as the Xperia Tablet Z1.

That means around 10 hours of video and 110 hours of music, but in reality consumers would have been expecting to see something much closer to the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, which will come with a whopping 9,500mAh battery in comparison.

Software: It would have been a disaster if the Xperia Tablet Z2 shipped with Jelly Bean as same as the Z1, but thankfully, Sony’s upgrade will mean Android 4.4. Kitkat on the Xperia Tablet Z2 straight out of the box.

Other areas: Like the Z1, the new successor will also be waterproof and we’re hearing too that the new model will be just 6.4mm thick – an improvement on the Z1 which was already considered one of the thinnest tablets in the world at 6.9mm thick.

So there we have it, a heads-up on how the Xperia Tablet Z2 is likely to compare against the Z1 in a no-nonsense specs battle. Obviously if the details change during MWC 2014, we will update as needed.

What are your thoughts on the upgrade quality of the Z2, are you disappointed in some of the areas that we have highlighted above?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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