Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE Gaming Performance Review

Posted by B. Johnson
August 7, 2014 | 0 comments
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE Gaming Performance ReviewHi guys, welcome back!

As we all know already, Android tablets made by Sony - under the flag Xperia series – have always been great in the whole aspect.

Even though this company never had some huge sales number just like Apple’s iPad or Samsung’s tablets, it’s amazing to see how Sony has always been consistent when it comes to delivering great quality tablets for its consumers.

You can clearly see that even from the first-ever-generation Sony Xperia S, a 10.1-inch tablet running Android that used to be considered as the real challenger for older-gen iPad (or the iPad that was released around the same year as Sony Xperia S).

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE benchmarks and gaming performance

This first-gen Sony Xperia tablet packs some high-grade specs that used to be considered as powerful around the market - from a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, an HD display, an elegant looking design, a premium material, fast and smooth experience and pretty much everything about this tablet is just amazing.

And then, there was Sony Xperia P, a handheld tablet that has 2 flippable touch screens – similar just like Nintendo DS handheld.

Sony Xperia P comes with slightly lower specs than Xperia S – like Tegra 2 dual-core processor and lower resolution screens. Even so, this flippable tablet is still a great and premium quality tablet.

And last year, Sony brought the world’s first water resistant tablet – Sony Xperia Z -, the same 10.1-inch tablet but it’s way more impressive than its predecessor, especially in terms of specs.

However, despite having some high-grade specs – including its IP57 certification for dust-proof and water resistant - unfortunately there are many complaints and bad reviews about the display of this tablet from various tech sites and users.

The good news, a few months ago, Sony brought a fresh air to many of its loyal consumers by releasing the next generation Sony Xperia Z2.

Through this tablet, Sony is trying to address the problems or complaints found on the predecessor and make it up on this sequel.

As a result, Sony manages to deliver the better version of Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

As a matter of fact, for my personally, i think Sony Xperia Z2 is the perfect version of its predecessor.

It now has way better display quality (with great viewing angle, more vivid and realistic colors), better sound speaker quality (despite being a water resistant tablet), better camera and of course, more powerful specs.

Just like the predecessor, Sony also releases 2 different variants of this next-gen tablet – the WiFi-only version and the other one with LTE connectivity.

However, given that these 2 models come with the same exact spec sheet (like the same Snapdragon 801, the same 3GB of RAM, etc) – of course with the exception of its cellular support -, then i’m gonna wrap up these 2 tablets into one review.

Well, if you’re planning to buy this Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet in the near future, but you want to know first about the whole thing of this tablet – especially its gaming performance, then here you go, read on my impression of Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet in this personal review.

Introduction

At a glance, this tablet looks a bit similar with the predecessor.

As a matter of fact, this Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet actually doesn’t leave far away from the initial design language of the first-gen Sony Xperia S (although Xperia Z2 now doesn’t have that unique thick shoulder found on the back of Sony Xperia S).

The most noticeable ones are they all have the same square and sharp looking design, they have the similar looking Xperia UI and visual presentations, and pretty much everything on all 10-inch Sony Xperia tablets look pretty similar one to another.

Besides having pretty similar design, something that never changes on these tablets is that, Sony Xperia tablets always come with some of the best hardware specs around the market.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE
If Sony Xperia Tablet S and Xperia Z come with the specs that used to be considered as high-end specs, then it goes the same with Sony Xperia Z2.

This next-gen Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet actually kind of reminds me with the predecessor, especially in terms of specs.
  • It has the same 1080p display resolution,
  • it has the same dust proof and water resistant certification (with more improved certification),
  • it has that same 8.1MP rear-facing camera,
  • it has the similar brand of processor (although Z2 comes with much higher level of processor),
  • it has the same exact battery capacity,
  • and pretty much everything on this tablet is just a straight upgrade from the predecessor.
As a gaming tablet, then there is no question anymore that this tablet will be beast for that matter.

Thanks to Qualcomm’s latest flagship model of Snapdragon processor and more powerful GPU, you can basically play any game that you see on Google Play Store today, and the most importantly, in full graphics.

But we’ll get more on that later.

But the questions are, with all of these upgrades compared to the predecessor, not to mention, some new goodies found on this tablet, does Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet have what it takes to be the true challenger for iPad Air?

Does this tablet stack up against other flagship tablets like Samsung GALAXY Pro series or other 10-inch rivals, in terms of performance?

Is it worth it to upgrade your Xperia Z Tablet with this sequel?

Design

Compared to the predecessors – especially the previous-gen Sony Xperia Z Tablet -, there are actually not many changes made by Sony in design department.

It still employs the same square looking design with sharp rounded corners, it still has that metallic trim all over its bezels (which makes it look really elegant and sturdy), and pretty much everything on this tablet actually doesn’t leave too far away from the initial design concept of its predecessor.

However, there are 2 things that get upgraded on this tablet. And those are its weight and certification.

Compared to the predecessor that weighs around 495g, now Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is 69g much lighter than predecessor.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE Gaming Performance Review

Not to mention, now the sequel is much thinner than Sony Xperia Z Tablet.

Meanwhile, speaking of its certification, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet now comes with IP58 certification, making it a dust proof and water resistant device (under 1 meter for 30 minutes) - which is an upgrade from IP57 on the predecessor.

Overall, i’m totally impressed with the whole design of Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.

Actually, I’m already in love with the design of all Sony Xperia tablets – even from the first-gen Sony Xperia S Tablet with its unique back shoulder.

I like the sharp looking design that Sony deploys on this tablet.

I’m also amazed with how Sony manages to address some of the issues found on the predecessor and make it up on this sequel – like its display quality, its viewing angle, its certification, etc -.

Not to mention, I’m also surprised to see that this tablet is now much thinner and lighter than the previous-gen Sony Xperia Z Tablet.

And i think, despite not having the highest and the most powerful specs around the market to date, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet still deserves to be positioned alongside other premium tablets across the market today – like iPad Air or Samsung’s 10-inch high-end tablets, thanks to it gorgeous looking design, solid build quality and of course, its performance.

So if you’re in the search for a premium quality tablet, you’ll make no mistake if you decide to get this Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.

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  • 4G LTE
  • Micro-SIM
  • Weight 439 g (15.49 oz)
  • Released 2014, March
  • 10.1 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 1200 x 1920 pixels, (~224 ppi pixel density). 16M colors
  • Triluminos display
  • X-Reality Engine
  • Multitouch for up to 10 fingers
  • Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass Protection
  • 3 GB RAM
  • Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 Chipset
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat
  • microSD of Memory Card slot for up to 64 GB
  • 16 GB of Internal storage
  • 8.1 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus
  • 2.2 MP front-facing camera
  • HSDPA
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • GPRS
  • EDGE
  • USB
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • GPS
  • HTML5 Browser
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Colors Black, White
  • 3D surround sound enhancement
  • ANT+ supportch
  • IP58 certified: dust proof and water resistant over 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • TV-out (via MHL 3 A/V link)
  • Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
  • Non-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery
Compared to other high-end flagship tablets across the market to date – like Samsung GALAXY Tab/Note Pro 10.1, iPad Air or Microsoft Surface Pro -, then Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet may not stack up against those rivals, of course in terms of display.

However, for the most part, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet actually still deserves to be positioned alongside those big names aforementioned above.

I mean, this tablet is equipped with Qualcomm’s latest gen flagship Snapdragon 801 processor, it has 3GB of RAM, it has great quality 8.1MP camera, it has much improved display and pretty much everything on this tablet is high-end quality.

Not to mention, there are many sectors on this tablet that got upgraded and improved from the predecessor - like the display (which now has much better viewing angle and more realistic and vivid colors), it also has much better IP58 certification, and last but not least, this tablet is now much thinner and lighter than predecessor.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet features a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor – as opposed to the Snapdragon 600 on predecessor, 3GB of RAM – compared to 2GB of RAM on predecessor, Adreno 330 GPU, a 10.1-inch display sporting the resolution of 1200x1920 pixels (with -224ppi pixel density), 8.1MP camera on the front and 2MP camera on the back, 6000mAh power battery, Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS out of the box, IP58 dust proof and water resistant certification, and many other standard goodies.

So with all these improvements and not to mention, the new goodies found on this tablet, it’s just really hard for me to not recommend you this tablet especially if you happen to have huge budget that you can spend on a tablet.

Even though the display on Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet may not stack up against other rivals like iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Note/Tab Pro or even Google Nexus 10 – which already adopt display higher than 1080p resolution -, this Sony’s tablet still deserves to be positioned alongside these flagship tablets.

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The great thing about this tablet is that, even with that certification upgrade from IP57 to IP58 (which makes it much tighter and safer from water and dust), Sony manages to address some the issue that has been plaguing the predecessor and make it up on this Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.

And one of them is its display quality.

Compared to the predecessor, now Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet has a much better viewing angle and color reproduction – which now looks more realistic than the display of previous-gen Xperia Z Tablet.

And that’s great because that shows how Sony really listens to the complaints of its consumers and also tech reviews of this tablet.

Similar just like the predecessor, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is still packing the same 10.1-inch display with the resolution of 1200x1920 pixels – which translates into 1080p resolution -, and not to mention, still with the same exact -224 ppi pixel density.

So when it comes to sharpness, then there’s nothing to write home about on this tablet.

It’s still as sharp as the previous-gen Sony Xperia Z Tablet – although the display on this sequel is now more improved and looks much gorgeous than on the predecessor.

The great thing is, despite using that same exact display resolution, the processor inside this tablet now gets upgraded to a more powerful Snapdragon 801 processor – as opposed to the Snapdragon 600 on Xperia Z Tablet.

So as a result, the overall performance of this tablet is definitely improved and way faster than predecessor, plus the battery life could also last much longer, thanks to Sony’s decision to keep using the same 1080p display on this tablet.

User Interface

When it comes to User Experience or User Interface, there’s actually not much to write home about on this tablet.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet still deploys the same looking UI just like on the predecessor – only with much newer Android 4.4.2 update as opposed to the Android 4.1.2 that comes pre-installed on predecessor -, with the same features and Sony’s homemade Android icons and custom skins.

However, there are still some new goodies found on this tablet - like new pre-loaded live wallpaper (which now looks much brighter than the darker wallpaper of Xperia Z Tablet).

I think this new wallpaper allows this tablet to show off all the improvements made by Sony on its display.

Thanks to this new wallpaper, the screen can show off all of its strengths.

It now looks more crisp and the colors also look popping up and more realistic than on the predecessor.

I think Sony has done such a marvelous job on the display of this tablet.

Not to mention, on this latest-gen Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, this manufacturer also adds new technology to the screen, such as X-Reality Engine and Triluminos Display, which allows this tablet to deliver a widest color gamut to its display, resulting in more realistic and more popping up colors on the screen.

And according to many reviews, the scree of this tablet is such a huge improvement over the predecessor.

And as i mentioned already above, thanks to the more powerful Snapdragon 801 processor inside this device – as opposed to the Snapdragon 600 on predecessor -, not to mention, Sony’s decision to keep using the same exact 1080p resolution on Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, now the overall performance of this tablet is much faster and smoother.

So as the results, not only does it have much faster performance, the battery life of this tablet will also be much improved and could last much longer than the predecessor.

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I think, when it comes to performance, there should be no question asked anymore about its quality given that Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is now packing an even more powerful Snapdragon 801 processor.

So as a result, its overall performance will be blazing fast, plus the experience of using this tablet will be smoother and much faster than the predecessor – especially given that this tablet still uses the same exact 1080p display just like the previous-gen model, although it brings huge improvements than the mediocre display on predecessor.

So if you love enjoying media contents, you’ll be glad to hear that your hobby will be well accommodated on this tablet.

Either for watching full HD movies, reading books or magazines, browsing the web, using live wallpaper or editing videos/heavy documents, the Snapdragon 801 processor inside this tablet is more than capable to execute all of these tasks perfectly – all without any meaningful problem or lag whatsoever.

And it goes the same when playing games on this tablet. If the Snapdragon 600 processor on predecessor is already considered as really powerful and can handle all the graphically demanding games across the Google Play Store perfectly, then you can expect the same thing on Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.

From the latest graphically demanding games like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 8: Airborne, N.O.V.A 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, GTA San Andreas or even the next-released games like Modern Combat 5, the next Need for Speed or the next Asphalt game, this tablet is more than capable to handle all of these games perfectly and smoothly, even in full graphics setting.

So if you’re planning to buy this tablet as the device for playing games, then you’ll make no mistake because Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is just a great gaming tablet.

There’s no single doubt this tablet could handle all of the high performing games across the Google Play Store.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

When it comes to battery capacity, actually there’s not much change in this sector compared to predecessor as Sony decides to keep using the same 6000mAh power battery inside this Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.

Interestingly, despite using the same battery capacity, there are some improvements made by Sony on the battery life of this tablet.

According to GSMarena, in standby time, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet could last more than 1240 hours when 2G LTE is deployed, while activating the 3G connectivity on this tablet could consume more power from the battery, resulting only 1200 hours of battery life.

The other improvements also happen in talk time and music play, with over 13 hours in talk time and 188 hours for music play – which are huge improvements over predecessor that could only last around 10 hours in talk time mode and 110 hours in music play.

I believe this has something to do with Sony’s technology on the screen of this tablet and also, the new more powerful but more efficient Snapdragon 801 processor.

As mentioned above, on this sequel tablet, Sony made a lot of improvements on its display – which now looks great with much better viewing angle and widest colour gamut, plus more efficient and less power hungry than the display on predecessor.

Not to mention, on Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, this Japanese-based company also decides to use a more powerful but more efficient Snapdragon 801 processor – which brings a lot of improvements especially in power managements on this chipset.

So even if you’re type of power user and would like to use this tablet in heavy intense usage without resting the screen at all - like for example, watching full HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, then you can expect to see this tablet last probably around 6 to 8 hours of battery life, which is great and ideal for a 10-inch tablet like this.

However, the battery life of this tablet could be improved much further if you only use it in moderate usage – like for playing some games, watching videos, browsing the web, reading books/magazines or listening to music, all in combined screen on/off time -, lasting probably around 13 hours or one solid day, of course in one full charge.

So if you’re currently in the search for a great media-consumption tablet, then you on the right track if you decide to buy this tablet.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is one of the best multimedia tablets across the market to date – no single doubt about that.

My Personal Opinions

So my final words about this tablet are, i’m totally impressed a lot with this tablet.

Actually, the first thing i like from this tablet is Sony’s decision to improve its display quality.

I like the fact that Sony addresses some of the issues and complaints of its consumers and tech reviewers over the mediocre display on Sony Xperia Z Tablet.

And that’s great because it shows how this company really listens to consumers’ feedback and put a lot of efforts to fix or solve them through the future products.

To be perfectly honest, i can’t wait to see the rumored Xperia Z3 Tablet finally get unveiled by Sony (hopefully in the near months).

I believe Sony will finally be brave to jump to 2K or 2.5K display (2560x1600 pixels) for that next-gen model.

And that’s really important because many manufacturers already start adopting this type of display on their flagship devices (like Samsung, Apple, Asus, Microsoft, etc).

And in order to keep its products relevant on today’s tablet market (high-end tablet market), Sony needs to jump to the 2K or 2.5K bandwagon for the next-gen Xperia Z3. And it’s a MUST!

Okay, back to Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.

Besides the improvements made on the display, the other things to be liked on this tablet are the upgrade to Snapdragon 801 (from Snapdragon 600 on predecessor) and 3GB of RAM (as opposed to the 2GB of RAM on predecessor).

Even though this processor still deploys the same old Adreno 330 GPU (which is more than powerful to handle any graphics-related tasks), there are still some huge improvements on its performance compared to the predecessor.

Now the overall performance of this tablet is blazing fast, and the experience is just much even faster and smoother than predecessor.

Not to mention, thanks to the power management and technology employed by Sony on the screen, the battery life of this tablet is surprisingly improved and could even last much longer than on the previous-gen model.

I think i don’t need to keep talking about how great this tablet really is because Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is simply great.

It’s great for watching full HD movies, reading books/magazines, browsing the web, listening to music, editing documents or even playing games.

Not to mention, all the games that you see today on Google Play Store can be played perfectly and smoothly on this tablet – no single doubt about that.

So if you’re currently looking for a decent – or even a perfect – media consumption tablet in high-end category, then Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet can be a great choice for you.

Even though this tablet is still using a 1080p display – compared to other flagship tablets that already use highest-resolution display -, for the most part, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is still a perfect and great tablet.
  • It has the latest Snapdragon 801 processor, it has huge 3GB of RAM,
  • it has the latest Android software out of the box,
  • it has great quality display,
  • it has great camera,
  • it has great and improved sound quality,
  • it has much tighter IP58 dust proof and water resistant certification,
  • it has great battery life,
  • it has great gaming performance,
  • and everything about this tablet is simply perfect.
You’ll definitely make no mistake if you decide to get this tablet.

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