Originally Posted by Sean09
Any luck with eBay? They do not seem to be genuine there either.
OK an update - I went and got a unit from that ebay seller in France about a week ago. Got what I ordered as requested and packaging is fine so I would rate the seller as dependable.
Product is not "Genuine" in the sense that it did not come from Sony, but from the picture it's a third party manufacturer ("Cameron Sino") and what I got is exactly that, so it's a "Genuine 3rd party".
All I can say is... it works so far.
I haven't had it long enough for a longevity report but so far I'll rate it as "it works", and I'm glad to have my Z2 tablet back (I actually like it better than the Z4 tablet because although the Snapdragon 810 is technically "faster", it runs into thermal throttling issues a lot and so it goes from "snappy" to "stuttering" in a really irritating way that does not affect the Z2, which may be slightly slower but feels consistently "smoother").
The battery when first powered up was at 67% charge level - I don't know how undervoltage protection would work so I didn't try to drain it before I recharged, I just immediately plunked the tablet in my charger to get it to 100% and it's worked fine so far (lowest I've taken it to was 8% after about 2 days of use, before I put it back into the charger).
Also, I found this useful even though it doesn't show removing the screen, which is the trickiest part:
All the flex cables are connected via ZIF sockets (the lock/unlock gate might not be obvious but it's there). For the battery leads/contacts, you need to use some force when pushing it into the socket, it can "look" inserted, but not all of the cells of the battery will be hooked up.