Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact takes on Apple and Samsung for small slate supremacy

Key stats:

  • 8-inch screen with 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • Quad-core, 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 3GB RAM; 16GB storage (plus microSD card slot)
  • 6.5mm thick; weighs 270g

Sony has announced the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, a slim and light 8-inch compact designed to do battle with the iPad mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4.

Announced at the IFA technology trade show in Berlin, the Z3 Tablet Compact is a smaller version of the 10inch Sony tab and was launched alongside two other new members of the Xperia brand - the Z3 and Z3 Compact.

Measuring just 6.4mm and tipping the scales at a mere 270g, the Z3 Tablet Compact is the thinnest and lightest tablet of its type (read, with a screen of between seven and nine inches) in the world.

The tablet has an 8-inch screen (almost exactly the same as the iPad mini) with a massive 1920 x 1200 resolution, a powerful quad-core, 2.5GHz processor, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Just like the rest of the Z3 range, the Tablet Compact is waterproof to a depth of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes.

Also in line with the Z3 phones is the tablet’s ability to play PlayStation 4 games when connected to your console over Wi-Fi. This means if someone else wants to use the television connected to your PS4, you can connect a DualShock 4 controller to the Z3 Tablet Compact and play on that in a different room of the house. Either prop the tablet up on your desk, or buy Sony’s new GCM10 Game Control Mount to attach it to a DualShock 4 controller.

From there, games both look great - thanks to the company’s Triluminous screen technology - and sound great, due to the tablet’s dual front-facing speakers and high-resolution audio.

Below, the Z3 Tablet Compact sits next to the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact (right)

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Sony claims battery life is good for 13 hours of video playback.

The tablet shares the same Omnibalance design as used by all of Sony’s high-end products, including the rest of the Z3 range, as well as the Z1 and Z2 products of the past year. Although opting for matt plastic instead of glass on its back, like the Z3 phones, the Tablet Compact looks ad feels great, with a high build quality and premium aesthetics.

Sony will start selling the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact in black and white and in both 4G and Wi-Fi only variant in the autumn. Prices and an exact release date are yet to be announced.

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