The Sony Xperia Z tablet is a robustly designed high end device that is also Sony’s current flagship. Sony announced the Xperia Z earlier this year during the 2013 CES. On launch, the tablet dominated the high end device category for a while thanks to its superior design and the numerous exclusive features Sony packed in the 5 inch device. Sony has definitely made a mark in the Android tablet market, breaking the barrier with the launch of this water proof, dust proof and scratch proof tablet that may be solely responsible for changing the company’s fortunes in the market.
Design and quality of build
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The Sony Xperia Z is unique in design – the very sharp square corners are very ‘Sony’. The device however looks very stylish thanks to its clean and uninterrupted front glass fascia. Despite being made of glass, aluminum and metal frame, the Xperia Z is just 145 grams and 7.9mm thick. It may be heavier and bulkier than the plastic made Samsung Galaxy S4 but considering its ruggedness, the Xperia Z is a perfect handset for people who like to buy a device and stick with it for months or years without worrying about the screen breaking at the slightest drop.
Overall, the Xperia Z is a distinct and desirable well-built design, bringing the superior manufacturing capability of other Sony products to a handheld device. Sony claims that the glass coating on the Xperia Z is shatterproof but this does not seem like a device you want to drop on a hard surface – the internals are still electronic and could damage. The tablet comes in white, purple and black
Performance and specs
The Sony Xperia Z comes with the same specifications as Google’s Nexus 4 – made in partnership with LG. These include a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chip with an Adreno 320 GPU and 2 GB of RAM to complement the RAW power of the processor. The tablet offers 16GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot for memory expansion by up to 64GB.
The tablet also comes with an impressive 13 megapixels rear camera featuring Sony’s Exmor RS sensor with a ton of features including a HDR video recording mode, touch focus, autofocus, geo-tagging and face and smile detection. The front camera is 2.2 megapixels VGA and is optimized for video calls but can still take 1080p videos at 30fps.
Benchmark tests placed the Xperia Z slightly below the Nexus 4’s at 1986 compared to Nexus 4’s 2009. The graphics performance with Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2 designed to boost the quality of images on the screen to bring more saturated colors and greater brightness. The screen offers a full HD 1920×1080 pixels display at a whopping 441 pixels per inch density.
The Xperia Z offers all the connectivity capabilities of a modern Android device including NFC, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, microUSB and GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS. Other features include accelerometer, compass and gyro sensors and Stereo FM with RDS. The tablet has an impressive non-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery pack that promises up to 1230 hours standby time in 2G and up to 10 hours of music playback.