Sony Mobile Australia has finally brought the Xperia Z4 Tablet to Australia, and we’re glad it’s here. Announced earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it’s been a long journey for the Z4 Tablet, and when we received a review unit last week, we knew an Australian launch couldn’t be too far away, and now it’s here.
Sony’s Xperia Z4 Tablet is a 10″ tablet that weighs around twice as much as the average phone, which means its light as can be, at just 393 grams, and yet it packs in a 10.1″ 2K display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and a claimed 17 hour battery life when playing back videos. There’s 3GB of RAM on board, and up to 32GB of storage (though the system will eat a bit of this).
Perhaps the best feature, though, is the availability of the unassuming BKB50. What’s that? It’s the Bluetooth keyboard that you see pictured above; paired with the Z4 Tablet, it basically transforms into an Android-powered netbook, and while it takes a little bit of adjustment to get used to the smaller keys and spacings, it’s remarkably powerful and fast to type on.
In fact, I typed this announcements post on the Xperia Z4 Tablet, and it was just as quick as typing it on the desktop. Bam.
If that wasn’t enough, Sony has made this thing IP68 rated, with a cap-less USB port, so there’s no rubber flaps to fiddle with to make sure the waterproofing works (though there IS a flap for the SIM & MicroSD slot, you don’t need to access that nearly as often). Watching movies or reading books in the bath? The Z4 Tablet has your back.
Sony has announced that the tablet will go on sale today nationally through Telstra retailers for $888 outright for the 32GB LTE model, and it will be available on a plan from $62 a month which includes 4GB of data on Telstra’s national 4G network. If you buy from Telstra, you can claim the BKB50 Bluetooth Keyboard, valued at $299, via redemption while stocks last.
If you don’t need LTE, the WiFi only variant will go on sale at the end of September through Sony Kiosks, Sony Centres and Sony Online for $799.
We’ll have a review published soon. In the meantime, let us know what you’d like paid particular attention when we review, and we’ll do our best!