Sony kicked the tech year off with a bang, unveiling a fresh wave of Xperia smart devices that many observers have considered to be its most innovative to date.
One of the best of these was the Xperia Z2 Tablet. Featuring a sturdy yet slim design, a wealth of top-end components and up-to-date Android software, the Xperia Z2 Tablet remains one of the best Android tablets currently available.
But a few months on, Samsung has returned to the tablet scene with its upgraded Galaxy Tab S, leaving many buyers wondering if Sony's day in the sun as leader of the Android tablet market is already over.
We've pulled together the key specifications from both devices here to see which is the daddy, at least on paper.
Galaxy Tab S: 213x177x6.6mm, 465g
Xperia Z2 Tablet: 266x172x6.4mm, 439g
Both Samsung and Sony designed their respective tablets to be as light and thin as possible. In this area Sony is the clear victor, with its Xperia Z2 Tablet being over 20g lighter and 0.2mm thinner than the Galaxy Tab S.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet is also better in terms of build quality, at least on paper, carrying IP55 and IP58 certifications so it can survive an accidental submersion in water.
Galaxy Tab S: 10.5in, 2560x1600, 288ppi Super Amoled
Xperia Z2 Tablet: 10.1in, 1200x1920, 224ppi TFT capacitive touchscreen
Neither the Galaxy Tab S or Xperia Z2 Tablet's display breaks the 300ppi count, but the Samsung tablet's screen is superior on paper.
Outside of its higher pixels-per-inch density, this is largely due to the use of Super Amoled technology. This lets screens display richer colours and deeper blacks, by electrically charging each individual pixel to generate colours and creating blacks by turning off the relevant pixels.
Galaxy Tab S: Android 4.4 KitKat
Xperia Z2 Tablet: Android 4.4 KitKat
Both The Xperia Z2 Tablet and Galaxy Tab S run using customised versions of Android. However it's worth noting that Sony's appraoch shows a much lighter touch than Samsung when skinning the Xperia Z2 Tablet, with the only notable changes being the addition of a few custom applications, such as the PlayStation Store.
Samsung has taken a heavy-handed approach to skinning the Galaxy Tab S and has completely reworked the user interface, installing a number of custom software services. These include multi-window support, multitasking and a new software service that lets users answer incoming calls to their mobile phone via the tablet.
Galaxy Tab S: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz quad-core and 1.3GHz quad-core)
Xperia Z2 Tablet: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
The Xperia Tablet Z was amazingly fast and scored an impressive 35573 using the Antutu benchmark. By comparison, Samsung's other Exynos 5 Octa-powered tablet, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, scored a slightly lower 32727 on the same test, indicating that the Galaxy Tab S may also be a fraction slower.
We'll be interested to see how the Xperia Z2 Tablet and Galaxy Tab S perform head to head in our full head-to-head review coming soon.
Galaxy Tab S: 8MP rear, 2.1MP front
Xperia Z2 Tablet: 8.1MP rear, 2.2 MP front
On paper, both the Galaxy Tab S and Xperia Z2 Tablet are fairly evenly matched when it comes to camera technology. We'll only know which performs better when we get a chance to put the two tablets head to head with real-world testing.
Galaxy Tab S: Non-removable lithium polymer 7,900mAh battery
Xperia Z2 Tablet: Non-removable lithium polymer 6,000mAh battery
The Galaxy Tab S has a slightly larger battery than the Xperia Z2 Tablet and is listed by Samsung as offering users "above-average battery life". If true this could be a key differentiator, as the Xperia Z2 Tablet lasted for around eight to nine hours of multimedia use in our review, which by tablet standards is fairly average.
Galaxy Tab S: 16GB, 32GB, expandable by up to 128GB via micro SD card
Xperia Z2 Tablet: 16GB, expandable by up to 128GB via micro SD card
The Galaxy Tab S comes with more internal storage options than the Xperia Z2 Tablet. But both tablets can have a further 128GB of space added via their respective micro SD card slots, so most users shouldn't have to worry about running out.
Galaxy Tab S: £420
Xperia Z2 Tablet: £399
Despite offering on-paper equivalent specs to the Galaxy Tab S, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is £20 cheaper, with prices starting at £399.
When viewed from a purely technical perspective both the Xperia Z2 Tablet and Galaxy Tab S are fairly evenly matched. Both tablets feature powerful processors and ultra-slim, lightweight designs. Hopefully the Galaxy Tab S will make good on its promise when it is released later this year and buyers will have a second viable top-end 10in Android tablet to choose from.
By V3's Alastair Stevenson
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