Look out, Samsung, as Sony plans to steal your Mobile World Congress thunder early next week. Do they actually have a shot of outshining Galaxy S5, Tab 4 and Gear 2’s probable announcements? Not likely, as their Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet seem more rehashes of outstanding 2013 hardware than solid upgrades.
But at the end of the day, we didn’t expect the Z2 Tablet to blow our socks off. Sure, it follows in the footsteps of a brilliant first-gen Xperia Tablet Z, however Sony needs to keep pricing in check to avoid another box-office flop.
According to always on the lookout, always dependable Twitter insider @evleaks, the 10.1-inch slate due for a formal intro in less than seven days is to retain its predecessor’s 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution, bump up the RAM to 3 GB, and the quad-core chip to a state-of-the-art 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800.
As far as autonomy goes, the Z2 Tablet may actually underperform compared to 2013’s Tab Z, as it packs an identical 6,000 mAh battery with a zippier processor. Only it’s a miracle Sony was able to preserve the cell’s beefiness, as the 10-incher’s waist will allegedly measure 6.4 mm. Now that’s supermodel material right there.
Any other tweaks in store? Just one, a predictable software leap to Android 4.4 KitKat. Everything else – the same: water protection, 16 GB built-in storage, microSD support, 8 MP/2 MP cameras.