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Sony is working on a smaller-sized Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact?

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Sony is working on a smaller-sized Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact?
Sony has been relatively uninterested in the tablet space, at least judging from its small selection of slates on offer. With the exception of the Xperia Z2 Tablet and the Vaio Tap 11, Sony has been pretty conservative with its efforts in the space, and has been pretty much exclusively focused on large tablets (10 inches and higher). As it turns out, however, Sony may be working on not just another tablet, but one that is also more "compact" than its current line.

The folks behind Techtastic have unearthed a small detail that suggests that a previously-unheard of Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is in the works. The clue is found in the user guide for the Sony BSC10 -- a Bluetooth speaker with a charging dock -- where Sony has listed compatible devices, among which, we confirmed, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

Sony is working on a smaller-sized Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact?

Obviously, at this point in time, specifics about this new slate are non-existent, though we imagine that Sony will go for a screen size no larger than 8 inches. If the only other reference point for Sony's Compact line -- the Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone -- is any indication, then we'd also guesstimate that the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be a high-end device, but likely a bit less-packed with hardware when compared to, say, a new 10.1-inch Xperia Z3 Tablet.

More as we get it.

source: Sony via Techtastic (translated)

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posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:04 1

1. TouchWiZSucks (Posts: 53; Member since: 12 May 2014)


Reduce the damn bezels if you wanna call it compact.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 06:26 7

10. Feanor (Posts: 330; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Why on earth are small bezels important for a tablet? I think it's important for a tablet to have somewhere to rest your thumbs. It's not like you can fit the tablet in your jeans pocket anyway.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:05 3

2. Settings (Posts: 705; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Them BEZEL hater posts are coming.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:19 7

3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Well, you're called Settings, so I think you have an option to hide those bezel hater posts on your Settings menu. Am I right, Settings?

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:24 2

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Oh the irony, you are among the first in the line to hate on samsung articles -_-

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:02 2

6. Settings (Posts: 705; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


LOL! No device is perfect for me.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:22 5

4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Bring it on Sony! My nexus 7 wants to retire :D

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:04

7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3301; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


That name is a bit chunky lol

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:18

8. Planterz (Posts: 1080; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


8-8.5" is ideal for me, as long as the side bezels (when held in portrait) are minimal. I happen to think my LG G Pad 8.3 is perfectly sized; big enough screen for comfortable viewing, small enough to hold in one hand. I honestly see no reason (yet) to replace my 8.3 with anything, despite its slightly aged specs, but an 8-9" Xperia Z tablet is definitely intriguing. If it's anything like the previous Z tablets, it'll be light, very thin, and waterproof. Who wouldn't want that?

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:40

9. vuyonc (Posts: 384; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Small flagship tablets are on a roll lately. Nexus 7 2013, GPad 8.3, Tab S 8.4, MiPad , Shield Tablet and now this :D Now the Volantis really has to impress!

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 06:57 1

11. mixedfish (Posts: 204; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Nothing can beat the Z Ultra, it's like sub $400 now.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 07:24

12. kkmkk (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 May 2013)


i don't hate the bezel on my z2 smartphone in fact they come really useful when you are the phone in landscape orientation especially with the front stereo speakers
but for me the bezel on the z2 tablet are just too much and they should reduce it by 50% at least
and BTW if they launch the z3 tablet compact i will the first one to get it

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 09:24

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


They better. Always wanted a small size sony tablet.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 19:01

14. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 211; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


Under 8 inches... Hmm...just give it radio/call functions and this could be a much desirable Xperia Z Ultra 2...

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 05:08

15. 21babydoll12 (unregistered)


Agreed, thin bezel or not. I rather have space for my fingers to hold my tab securely. Too many trolls.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 22:19

16. Remmy (Posts: 55; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Sony should bring new tablet multi-tasking features like Multi-Window from Samsung's Galaxy Tab line. :(

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