Sony’s new Xperia Z4 tablet has a slick docking keyboard

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Sony hasn’t debuted a handset at this week’s Mobile World Congress, but it does have a new high-end Android tablet coming in June. The Xperia Z4 tablet boasts a 2560 x 1600 resolution screen, is fully waterproof and has an optional Bluetooth keyboard that turns the 10.1-inch slate into a mini Android laptop of sorts.

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Typical of Sony’s tablet efforts, the company is keeping the design slim at 6.1 millimeters and packing it with power. Inside the Xperia Z4 tablet is an eight-core 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, the same chipset you’ll find in the newest phones coming from MWC. The slate will have 32GB of internal flash storage, a microSD card slot, 3GB of memory and available in both a Wi-Fi and LTE model. The company says the 6,000 mAh battery is good for 17 hours of video playback.

Audio should sound good on the Xperia Z4 tablet, which includes an FM radio inside. Sony’s new tablet supports high-resolution audio file playback and the company’s Clear Audio+ technology, something I’ve found to be quite good when using the Sony Walkman.

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An add-on accessory has my interest here too: The optional BKB50 Bluetooth keyboard adds a typing and trackpad experience to the Xperia Z4. Sony’s new slate fits into a slot on the keyboard, giving you up to a 130-degree tilt angle when using the tablet. Sony says the BKB50 has NFC for pairing with the Xperia Z4 and supports dock detection.

Neither product has a price tag yet and they won’t be available for a few months yet, so you have time to save up if you want a waterproof Android 5.0 tablet that you can use with a keyboard customized to get the most of this slate.

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