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One to watch: Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
The Xperia Z2 Tablet is essentially features the Z2 smartphone expanded to tablet proportions.
Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet is slated to go on sale in the UK and wider Europe in March, and Sony has yet to announce wider availability.
Not only is the tablet waterproof and dustproof, but this one is also thinner and lighter than Apple's iPad Air.
- KitKat (Android 4.4)
- 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with an Adreno 330 GPU
- 10.1-inch 1,920 by 1,200-pixel display
- 8.1MP rear camera
- 2.2 MP front camera
- 16GB and 32GB internal storage
The Google Nexus 7
The new Google Nexus 7 is the much-anticipated follow-on to the highly-successful original Nexus 7. The hardware, once again manufactured by Asus, consists of a 7-inch display with a resolution bumped up to 1920x1200 HD display and a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, an Adreno 320 GPU, a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage, a 5 megapixel rear camera, and a – somewhat limited – 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera.
The main downside of the Nexus 7 continues to be that it does not feature a card slot to allow you to expand the storage.
The hardware runs the very latest – and highly capable – Android 4.4 "KitKat" operating system, and features an improved, very efficient software keyboard.
Also, being a Google-branded tablet, you're also guaranteed software updates, rather than having to rely on the goodwill of the hardware maker to make them available.
The tablet also features Wi-Fi, optional cellular, Bluetooth, NFC, and optional cellular, and all this is powered by a battery that can give 10 hours of usage under normal conditions.
A powerful tablet in a small, easy-to-carry form factor.
About the only thing I don't like about the Nexus 7 is the 16:10 screen aspect ratio, which makes the device feel awfully top-heavy in portrait mode.
At a glance:
- 7-inch, 1920x1200 HD display and a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch
- 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor
- Adreno 320 GPU
- Android 4.4 "KitKat"
- 5.0 megapixel rear camera
- 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera
- Choice of 16GB or 32GB of internal storage
- Stereo, surround speakers
- Battery life of 9 hours
Price: from $199.
EVGA Tegra Note 7
The Tegra Note 7 is Nvidia's entry into the fearsome tablet market, and what an entry it is.
While Nvidia itself doesn't make the hardware – it only provides the reference design – its long-term hardware partner EVGA has done an excellent job of putting together a quality tablet at a very competitive price. And EVGA is just the first of many OEMs who will be bringing their own version of the Tegra Note to market over the coming months.
- Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean"
- 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor complete with a 72-core Nvidia GeForce GPU
- 7-inch 1280x800 IPS display
- 5MP rear camera
- VGA front camera
- 16GB internal storage
- MicroSD card slot
- 4100mAh battery offering 10 hours of HD video playback