Sony’s Z3 tablet was pretty good when it was released last year, and that had us thinking about what Sony can do next.

Well, that answer came last night as the Japanese technology giant unveiled its Z4 tablet at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain – and it wants to take on Apple’s iPad Air in the race to be the best 10-inch tablet on the market.

The Z4 makes use of Sony’s X-Reality for mobile, and a 2K display with a resolution of 2560×1600. “This 2K tablet comes with a stunning display that’s 40% brighter than the Xperia Z2 tablet screen. Combined with IPS technology, you’re all set for a brilliant view in any light and at any angle,” Sony explained in a media statement.

In terms of processor, it is powered by a 64-bit Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and Sony says that gives the tablet 50% more speed than previous processors. For connectivity, the LTE version connects through a Cat 6 LTE/4G modem, while also having Wi-Fi MIMO support.

Battery life is one of the most important factors for a tablet, and Sony is no stranger to squeezing as much juice out of it as possible. With the Sony STAMINA Mode engaged, the Z4’s 6 000 mAh battery can carry on for around 17 hours.

“Building on the success of its predecessor, we wanted to take all of the qualities that consumers loved most in [the] Xperia Z2 Tablet and enhance them for [the] Z4 Tablet,” said Dennis van Schie, SVP of Sales & Marketing at Sony Mobile.

“Consumers appreciate innovation most when it can bring real value to their lives, so we have carefully crafted and considered every aspect of [the] Z4 Tablet to meet even the most demanding lifestyle. Sleek and lightweight, yet incredibly powerful, with standout entertainment and smart productivity features, [the] Xperia Z4 Tablet is an extraordinary tablet that fits perfectly into your day-to-day life.”

And one would think that having a 6 000 mAh battery would make the tablet rather bulky, right? Well, you would be wrong, as it’s only 6.1mm thick. That is exactly the same thickness as the iPad Air 2, which was hailed as one of the thinnest tablets when unveiled in 2014.

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Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.