Like all major players in the tech industry, Sony is also present at IFA and has just unveiled the highly anticipated Xperia Z3 and Z3 compact flagship smartphone, as well as the budget-oriented Xperia X3.But if you’re more of a tablet person, you’d be glad to know the company has also rolled out the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. The product has been in the rumor mill weeks before the event started, so we knew it was coming and we were eagerly awaiting it.
Anyway, we knew most of the specs of the device and now we get the confirmation. The tablet has an 8-inch full HD Triluminos display and draws life from a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor fitted with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD).
The device takes advantage of two cameras (8.1MP on the back and 2.2MP up in front) and runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, so you’re off the hook with updates until Android L comes along.
Life on this nifty little slate comes from a 4,500 mAh which should sustain up to 13 hours of video playback, which is pretty sweet.
Sony maintains the tradition at providing super sleek devices and doesn’t disappoint. The Xperia Z3 Tablet compact is just 6.4mm / 0.25 inches in profile and weighs a meager 270 g / 0.5 lbs. As with its previous products, the Z3 Tablet Compact has an IP65/68 waterproof and dustproof certification.
But the most interesting part comes now. The tablet comes complete with integrated PlayStation support. That means that whenever you can’t use your TV, Xperia Z3 Tablet, Compact users can pair their tablet with their console instead and play games on the tab via the DualShock 4 controller (thanks to the new Remote Play feat).
Sony is currently teasing the device, but the global roll-out is expected to happen in autumn 2014, in either LTE or Wi-Fi version.
With this tablet Sony will certainly be able to compete with the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet which is expected to take advantage of NVIDIA’s new Tegra K1 processor. And because it appeals to gamers and such, it will probably threaten the sales of the Shield Tablet, as well.
All in all, the new Sony tablet makes for quite an interesting addition to the world of tablets and we expect it to be priced quite competitively.