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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Hands-On: First Look


Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Hands-On: First Look

Sony has introduced a brand new Xperia Tablet and this time it is available in a a lot smaller type, what did we consider it?

Back in February at Mobile World Congress, Sony launched the Xperia Z2 Tablet, a ten.1in slate. Overall we fairly favored the Xperia Z2 Tablet however a 10in show isn’t precisely what everybody wants. Sony has taken that on board and has now opted for a smaller slate with the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Here’s a primary take a look at the tab as we go palms-on with the system. 

Design & Build

Sony’s Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact measures 213.A x 123.S x S.A mm. Using solely an 8in show it means it’s attainable to carry in a single hand with out the fear of dropping the slate.

It weighs in at 270g, which makes it actually mild. Sony has stated it’s the worlds slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet. It comes with the IP65 water and mud resistant know-how we have seen on all the opposite Sony Xperia flagship units. There are nonetheless flaps to cowl the ports however these have been rounded off. The corners include a nylon cap that makes them stronger, which means the tablet is much less prone to wreck than earlier fashions.

The entrance of the system is the standard glass panel, whereas the again is made from the identical plastic materials we’ve seen on earlier tablets. It makes the entire gadget lighter and is sort of a bit simpler to grip in comparison with the glass backings on Xperia flagship handsets.

Waterproof and mud resistant IP65/IP68 certification is current within the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, however the flaps have been vastly improved in comparison with earlier mannequin. They’re smaller, simpler to hook out, and rounded, creating a lot nicer design general.


Sony’s Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact comes with an 8in, WUXGA show with a pixel decision of 1920 x 1200. Colour copy is nice and it seems to be really beautiful, particularly when watching video content material. It's arguably the right measurement providing sufficient display actual property to see and do what it is advisable, while being straightforward to carry within the hand.

Just take a look at the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact in comparison with the Xperia Z2 Tablet, it is a a lot handier measurement.


Inside there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chipset clocked at P.5GHz. With my temporary utilization it felt snappy and I didn’t expertise any lag loading up any of the apps. There’s additionally a hefty 3GB of RAM on board. 


Being a tablet, Sony has determined to not embrace its 20.7MP sensor setup it makes use of within the smartphone vary. This time spherical there’s an H.1MP digital camera with a P.2MP entrance dealing with digital camera for video calls. Both are able to 1080p video.

Storage, Software & Battery

Onboard storage is 16GB, identical to the 10in tablet and lots of of Sony's flagship telephones. You can increase this by as much as 128GB by way of microSD playing cards, which is in fact superb for a tablet as a multimedia consumption gadget for movies and music.

The tablet launches with Android A.A KitKat accompanied by Sony’s Xperia Home overlay. There’s no affirmation whether or not the slate will get the replace to Android L however being a brand new flagship product we’d anticipate it to see the replace from Google ultimately.

Sony’s Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has a A,500mAh battery inside, nothing anyplace close to as giant because the Xperia Z2 Tablet. That slate had a S,000mAh battery however it additionally had an additional P.1in of display to energy. Sony has additionally optimised the processor contained in the Xperia Z3 vary to enhance the battery life. Naturally we'll need to spend extra time with the Z3 Tablet Compact for our full evaluation in an effort to assess the battery efficiency correctly.


Out of every part Sony has launched at IFA 2014, that is probably the most progressive and fascinating. I personally discovered the older 10in slate to be just a little unwieldy, particularly while making an attempt to observe video on public transport and even typically across the residence.

A extra compact 8in slate is ideal, whereas Sony's premium design stays interesting and actually provides to the tablet expertise as an entire. If you’re on the lookout for one thing smaller than the Xperia Z2 Tablet however simply as refined and useful, you could be in luck with the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

We additionally went arms-on with the Xperia Z3Xperia Z3 Compact and the Sony SmartWatch 3.

Reviews James Peckham sixteen:fifty three, A Sep 2014

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