At last, Apple's much-awaited iPad Air 2 went on sale in select countries earlier this week. The latest high-end tablet from the house of Apple offers a lot more features.
It is a lot more powerful A8X chipset, better imaging optics and even thinner than its predecessor. The tablet market continues to get competitive, but the iPad Air 2's impressive specs and features make it the king of tablets.
The new aluminum chassis is approximately 18 % thinner than the original iPad Air, making it thinner and lighter. Measuring 9.4 x 6.6 inches and weighing 15.68 ounces - this is a tablet hard to ignore.
The new Air 2 sports the same 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536-pixel resolution as the original iPad Air. However, Air 2's screen no longer has any gaps between the layers - so the display is brighter and sharper.
Packing a 64-bit A8X chip, the iPad Air 2 promises up to 40 % faster CPU performance and up to 2.5X better graphics, making it one of the most powerful tablets available onto market. If reports are to be believed, the tablet houses 2GB of RAM for optimum performance.
Not just the tablet's performance, the Air 2 also comes with an advance 8MP rear-facing camera. The image sensor optimally takes an advantage of A8X chipset. The Air 2 still has a 1.2 MP shooter, but Apple says the camera has improved low-light performance, thanks to the larger f/2.2 aperture.
Apple claims that the iPad Air 2 can last 10 hours on a charge, although we're yet to test the actual device. The device runs on iOS 8.1 mobile OS.
The new iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi only) model will cost Rs 35,900, Rs 42,900 and Rs 49,900 for the 16, 64 and 128GB variants. The cellular versions will cost Rs 45,900, Rs 52,900 and Rs 59,900 for the three native storage options, respectively. The new premium tablet is expected to reach india later next month.
Apple Air 2 is a great challenger to the Google Nexus 9 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S series.. Unfortunately, Apple seem like failing to convince consumers to buy the iPad Air 2 over the iPhone 6 Plus. But for now, the Air 2 is the best tablet you can buy right now.
In the meanwhile, here are top 5 premium tablets that could prove big headache for Apple's iPad Air 2.
Google Nexus 9
Designed by HTC, the new 8.9-inch tablet runs Android 5 Lollipop out-of-the box. It's the first Nexus-branded tablet manufactured by Taiwan's HTC - best known for its award winning premium handsets. The HTC-made Nexus 9 sports an 8.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536-pixels. The display has a ratio of 4:3 as opposed to 16:9. Google is giving special emphasis on the Nexus 9's internal hardware. As it was rumored, the Nexus 9 is powered by a 2.3GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 (64-bit) processor, paired with 2GB of RAM. The device might get launched early next month, starting at Rs. 28,990.
In the imaging department, the Nexus 9 tablet offers improved dual-cameras. There's an 8-megapixel camera given on the rear, and a 1.6-megapixel front-facing shooter for video chat.HTC has also added its BoomSound speaker technology to this tablet for superb sound. The Nexus 9 isn't cheap in respect of pricing. It will be available in either black or white and comes in three variants: 16GB for $399 (Rs. 24,440), 32GB for $479 (Rs. 29,219) and an LTE-enabled 32GB model for $599 (Rs. 36,600).
Dell Venue 8 7000
Dell recently unveiled the world's thinnest tablet at the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco. The Dell Venue 8 7000 measures in at 6mm, making it the thinnest tablet in the world. The tablet sports an 8.4-inch edge-to-edge OLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600-pixels (2K resolution). While the complete specs are not known, it will run on an Intel Z3500 quad-core CPU under the hood. The Android tablet also includes Intel's RealSense Snapshot Depth Camera to measure 3D images.
Basically, it uses an Intel RealSense Snapshot Depth Camera, which means that it can measure the 3D depth of your images. All this means that you can measure objects in a photo or even adjust the focus, just like the HTC One M8. Dell hasn't announced the price of the tablet just yet.
Sony Z3 Tablet Compact
Originally announced at this year's IFA tech show, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact boasts high-end specs. The new tablet uses the same design language as the Z2 Tablet. There's an 8-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) TRILUMINOS display, with X-Reality and Live Color LED technology. Under the hood is a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage with a microSD card slot.The tablet houses an 8.1-megapxiel rear-facing camera, and a 2.2-megapixel front-facing shooter. Like the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, the slate is rugged in nature (all thanks to IP57 rating). Also, the makers have added a 4500mAh battery fitted inside, with an estimated 10 hours of juice on a single charge. The tablet runs on Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Z3 Tablet Compact will be Wi-Fi only variants and 4G-LTE connectivity, though, optional. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has Sony Front Surround audio technology which includes digital-noise cancelling. As of now, there's no word yet on India re
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
The latest sensational tablet from Samsung sports a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. The tablet is powered by an Octa-Core Exynos (A15 1.9 GHz ＋ A7 1.3 GHz) CPU. The slate offers a healthy 3GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board memory, which can be later expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card slot. The Tab S 10.5 runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat. On the camera front, you'll get to see an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED Flash, and a 2-megapoixel front-facing shooter. The connectivity options on the tablet include a Wi-Fi, 4G LTE/3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, among others. The makers have added a respectable 7,900mAh battery fitted inside. The tablet is thin and sleek (6.6mm) and weighs in at 294g (Wifi) / 298g(LTE). The device will cost you upwards of Rs. 44,000.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z2
Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 has a 10.1-inch Full HD display , featuring Triluminos screen technology alongside the company's new "Live Colour LED" technology, which it claims makes colours appear natural and vibrant. On the software front, the tablet runs on the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat version with Sony's customized UI layer on top. Under the hood is a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board memory, which further can be expanded via a microSD card slot. On the imaging front, the tablet features an 8.1MP rear-facing camera with an Exmor RS sensor. The slate also has a 2.2MP front-facing camera for video calls. Moreover, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 will come in 4G + WiFi model, here in India. Sony claims that the Xperia Tablet Z2's 6,000mAh lithium polymer battery can deliver 10 hours of multimedia playback without a single recharge. It is priced upwards of Rs. 47,000.