Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Sony's latest tablet is a high-end 8-incher with a mouthful of a name

IFA 2014 Completing the trifecta of new Android devices Sony announced today at IFA 2014 is this, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. The name is a mouthful but the tablet certainly is not, as it's a smaller tablet this time out. It's an 8-inch effort that packs the same 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU and 3GB of RAM as the Xperia Z3 smartphone, the same 16GB of internal storage with a microSD car slot, the same Android 4.4.4 based software and the same PS4 remote play capabilities.

Where it differs mainly from the phones is the plastic back and the lower resolution 8.1MP rear camera. It's IP65 and IP68 rated for dust and water resistance, it has a pretty nice if unremarkable looking 1920x1080 resolution display and oh, it's insanely thin and insanely light.

At 6.4mm thin and 270g in weight the Z3 Tablet Compact could blow away in a stiff breeze. As such, and with the slim side bezels too, it's really comfortable to hold and will no doubt be great for holding in one hand reading a book, for example.

Sony has announced three devices, but the bigger story is that it announced a line of flagship devices. All three Z3 branded devices are at the high end of the device spectrum, so whether you're looking for a tablet, larger or smaller phone, there's something for you.

Check out a quick hands-on video below.


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Hands-on with the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact


Looks really great. I also see the dialer icon, I guess we are talking about classic phone calls then too. If so, then it is a very interesting prospective replacement/complement for my Z Ultra.

The only major drawback is 16 GB internal, they should make a 32-64 GB version. US availability should be no problem either: Sony Store or import stores. I really hope NO carrier picks it up since it would mean a locked down tablet with bloatware (Verizon Z2 Tablet is a recent example).

Edit: It has a dialer indeed and there is a 32 GB version as well. It seems like I will consider this the "Ultra 2" and go for it unless a manufacturer introduces a 7 inch phablet with either vanilla or CM as standard. In those L times, heavy alteration of Android is out of the question. Sony devices are fortunately lightly modified and vanilla ROMs are well supported.

If Oppo would introduce a "Find 7 L" with 7 inch display, the choice would be much harder... or easier...

Looks great, exactly what I would want in a tablet! Well more storage would be nice though 16GB (even though it has an SD slot) is just too small. It's 2014, 32GB should STANDARD by now.

We've been having 16GB devices since the original iPhone debuted 7 years ago.. 7 YEARS AGO.

The irritating thing is they justify 16gb as the most popular model because they rarely release bigger versions.

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Meh, the apps are easily ignored. The skin doesn't add a lot of useless "features" a la TouchWiz, and the additions they do put in such as Stamina Mode (amazing) and the settings shortcuts, sound/video enhancements, etc. are quite nice and actually worth using.

Wait to see how the new Nexus tablet looks. It's either that or this. 7-8" fits into the pocket for those discreet gaming sessions on the porcelain throne.

I'ld buy it in a heart beat but just not enough int storage. Quit ruining great devices with great hardware by cheaping the hell out by stripp0ing them out of int storage that costs pennies during construction but absolutely ruins the final product. Dumb, dumb and real freaken dumb. I wanted this tablet so freaken bad to go with my new Z3, I will never buy anything with a pathetic 16gb of int storage, especially a tablet. The Z3 phone comes with 32gb of int storage from T-Mobile, that is a nice phone.