If you don’t like the idea of waiting for new Nexus tablets to materialize, Sony’s new Xperia Z2 is now available to pre-order from the company’s web store and will go on sale on May 4th. For $500, this waterproof slab ships with 16GB of storage, however if that’s not enough, you can opt for a 32GB model for an additional $100.
As a bit of a refresher, Sony’s high-end slate features a 10.1-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS display, S-Force Front Surround, a 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera, an 8-megapixel rear-facing shooter, 3GB of RAM and a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm APQ8074AB quad-core processor. Wrapped in a waterproof and dust resistant package, this stylish device is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat and weighs in at 15.5 ounces.
For a closer look at what this slick slate has to offer, check out the press release below.
WHAT: The Sony Xperia® Z2 Tablet Wi-Fi is now available for pre-sale starting at $499.99 for 16GB and $599.99 for 32GB online at Sony Store, and will be available for purchase at participating Sony Stores on May 4, 2014. Featuring the world’s first 10.1” tablet display with Full HD TRILUMINOS™ and Live Color LED technology2 and X-Reality™ for mobile, the Xperia Z2 Tablet provides bright, true to life colors and sharp images, thanks to Sony’s latest BRAVIA TV technology. Equipped with Sony’s Front Surround™ audio technology, the Xperia Z2 Tablet brings together the most dynamic sound experience with Sony TV technology in a waterproof tablet.
For those who want to make the most of this premium device, Sony plans to offer a variety of optional accessories3 to compliment the Xperia Z2 Tablet. These include the BKB10 Bluetooth keyboard with NFC, the BSC10 Bluetooth speaker with magnetic charging dock, the MDR-NC31EM noise cancelling headset, and the SCR12 protective case and desk stand.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet also comes with access to an exclusive entertainment offer4 that includes six blockbuster movies from Sony Pictures5, including Captain Phillips and American Hustle, through the Video Unlimited service as well as a 30-day free trial of the Music Unlimited service and eight PlayStation® Mobile games.
· Waterproof1, rated IP55/58 · 10.1-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display with Live Color LED with X-Reality™ for mobile · S-Force Front Surround™ audio, Clear Audio+ and digital noise cancelling support · 8 MP camera with Exmor RS™ image sensor and Superior Auto mode · Preloaded Xperia camera apps including: Info-eye™, Timeshift burst, AR effect, Social live and Background defocus · Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3 Ghz Quad-core processor, 3 GB RAM6, 6000 mAh battery · Available in black (16GB or 32GB) or white (32GB)
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1 In the US, the Xperia® Z2 Tablet is a waterproof (in compliance with IP55/58††) tablet. Specifications verified by Strategy Analytics’ SpecTRAX service as of 17th April 2014, for more information on Strategy Analytics results go to: http://www.sonymobile.com/testresults. In compliance with IP55 and IP58, Xperia® Z2 Tablet is protected against the ingress of dust and is waterproof. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone is (i) protected against low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP 55; and/or (ii) can be kept under 1.50 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP58.
2 Xperia® Z2 Tablet features a unique TRILUMINOS Display with Live Color LED. Specifications verified by Strategy Analytics’ SpecTRAX service as of 21st February 2014.
3 Some accessories will become available when Xperia® Z2 Tablet is available on May 4, 2014; others will become available at a later date.
4 Sony Entertainment Network services are subject to availability by region. Please visit http://www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com for more details.
5 Subject to market availability. Movies offer available in 40 markets.
6 The Xperia® Z2 Tablet features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.3GHz quad-core Krait CPU, Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB RAM. Specifications verified by Strategy Analytics’ SpecTRAX service as of 21st February 2014, for more information on Strategy Analytics results go to: http://www.sonymobile.com/testresult