Sony readies waterproof Xperia Z2 tablet for MWC 2014, rumour states

Sony could launch its latest Xperia Z tablet offering at the Mobile World Congress [MWC] show in Barcelona next week as it also prepares to update the Xperia Z smartphone at the same event.

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Prolific rumour monger @evleaks Tweeted the specifications of the Xperia Z2 tablet that will have the same size 10.1in screen as its predecessor but will be a lot slimmer in size at 6.4in thick, thus replicating Apple’s approach with the iPad Air.

The screen will have a 1,920 x 1,200 Triluminos resolution and run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz and supplemented by 3GB of RAM. When it comes to storage, the tablet comes with 16GB of space that can be upgraded through the onboard microSD card slot.

Camera-wise it has an 8-megapixel snapper on the back and a 2-megapixel lens on the front with the whole show powered by a 6,000mAh battery and it will run on the latest version of Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

The same Tweet also mentions that the tablet will be waterproof and it’s speculated by The Inquirer that this will mean it having the IP57 certification present on the Xperia Z1 compact smartphone.

It’s also likely that Sony will debut the Xperia Z2 smartphone at the same event with speculation rife as to what the specification of the device will be. Rumours have stated that it will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 20.7-megapixel camera as well as a 5.2in 1080p LCD display. It’s believed the processor upgrade will allow the device to record video in 4K for the first time.

The smartphone, which can be expected to run Android 4.4.2 at launch with Sony’s Android skin on top, could also have a feature similar to Samsung’s Smart Stay, which switches the device’s display off when the user isn’t looking at the screen.

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MWC 2014 is expected to be busy in terms of smartphone launches with the likes of Samsung and HTC set to release new devices.