Plagued by component shortages and thus unable to commercially launch the Xperia Z2 smartphone as swiftly as they’d have liked, Sony seems to be taking up the backup strategy to its 2014 world domination plan.
Namely, the Japanese have their sights set on making Z2’s big brother, the aptly named Xperia Z2 Tablet, available on a pretty wide scale stateside before long. A version ideal for AT&T’s LTE network got FCC’s stamp of approval last month, and mere hours ago, a Verizon-bound model was also blessed by the federal regulatory agency.
The slate’s model number doesn’t exactly make it clear this is headed to Big Red, but the certification docs list on-board connectivity options as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and, wait for it, bands 2, 4, 7 and 13 LTE.
Verizon’s 4G speeds are achieved on bands 4 and 13, so putting two and two together, we can safely assume this is indeed a Z2 Tablet designed specifically for America’s most popular carrier. Theoretically, the 10 incher could also work on T-Mobile, however the UnCarrier only uses 4G LTE on band 4, so let’s stick to our first assumption.
Of course, an ETA and exact price tag are hard to guess at the moment, though with Verizon’s tablet portfolio so vast nowadays, we just need to find Z2 Tablet’s niche to crack the cost enigma. Okay, I got it. $700 with pacts and $600 off-contract, exactly like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Give or take 50 bucks.
Release date? Don’t ask me that, it’s Sony we’re talking about here, and the company’s motto might as well be “the future’s bright, the future’s unpredictable”.
Spec-wise, the Verizon Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet should run Android 4.4 KitKat on the software side of things, and knock your socks off with top-notch hardware such as quad-core Snapdragon 801 power, 3 GB RAM, 1,900 x 1,200 pixels resolution display, 8.1 MP rear-facing camera and 6,000 mAh battery. Oh, if only the Z2 handheld would get the backing of two major US mobile operators. Heck, at this point, we’d probably even settle for one. Understood, Verizon? T-Mobile? AT&T? Sprint? Anyone?