Meet Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: thinnest, lightest, brightest 8" waterproof slate

Meet Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: thinnest, lightest, brightest 8
Sony did it again, as it just unveiled the world's thinnest, lightest and most-waterproof 8" tablet, under the name of Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Sony didn't have a representative in the small tablet niche so far, and the launch of this slate is remedying the situation, for a full mobile portfolio. The Z3 Tablet Compact is just 6.4mm thin, or as much as the 10" Xperia Z2 Tablet, making them both the thinnest slates in the world.

The Z3 Tablet Compact doesn't stop here, though, as it also introduces a very high for such a slim mobile device dust- and waterproof rating - IP58/68 certification - meaning that you can dive with it in up to 1.5 meters of water, and still be able to watch a full "Finding Nemo" down there, without the tablet skipping a beat. The new Sony slate sports an 8" 1920x1200 pixels Triluminos display with high brightness mode, and all of Sony's display mode bells and whistles, like the X-Reality engine that makes colors and contrast pop while watching media.

Powering all that jazz is a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, which is the fastest edition of this Qualcomm family, aided by the generous 3 GB of RAM memory. The tablet has a 16 GB storage version only, but also a microSD slot for storage expansion at up to 128 GB more. On the back of the tablet Sony has placed one of its 8 MP Exmor RS sensors, while a 2 MP frontal cam ensures your video chats. Sony's Live on YouTube software lets you stream videos directly there for the world (or at least friends and relatives) to watch in real time.

Last, but not least, Sony has provided stereo speakers, and a new DSEE HX technology that "upscales" regular tunes to higher-resolution audio quality, but how exactly will that work in practice, remains to be seen. Keeping the lights on is a 4500 mAh battery that ensures up to 15 hours of HD video playback on a charge. In addition, you can use the tablet as a remote screen to connect to and control your games on PS4 with the so-called PS4 Remote Play for the Xperia Z3 series. Thus, when the TV is occupied, you can hook up the slate to the PS4 via Wi-Fi, and game with the DUALSHOCK4 controller, while the tablet is resting in front of you on the GCM10 Game Control Mount accessory.


Sony hasn't uttered a word on specific pricing for the different regions, but expect the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact to occupy the top spot of the world's thinnest and lightest 8" tablets in the fall, and no amount of water-jetting can topple it from there. What do you think about this latest Sony offering?


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Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Display 8.0" 1200 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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19 Comments

1. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Ohhh yeahhh!! This is it

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I have to agree, this tablet is just awesome! I really want one. Now what does Google have up it's sleeve with the Nexus Tablets?!?

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'm SO BUYING THIS ! And take your PS4 games with u /\/\

2. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Actually not bad.

3. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Okay there goes my wallet and my cash

4. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

"Powering all that jazz is a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, which is the fastest edition of this Qualcomm family" Then where does the sd805 fall? Anyways a great tablet with top of the notch specs, I just hope it has the same back as the previous Z tablets which isn't as fingerprint magnet as the Z phones.

6. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

He means this family (801).

5. ABC_123

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

A new sony UI?

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

16GB of storage??? ...DOA -,-

16. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I guess you forgot to read micro sd card support up to 128GB.

19. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Still pretty poor

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Bout damn time

9. ch0eb1t

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 26, 2014

Those bezels....

10. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

A very good conpetitor against the tab S... I just hope that it'll be priced the same with the Tab s.

11. droidmanX

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 25, 2014

Sony Xperia Z3 google edition is much much better version than Sony's version. Downside of Sony tablets and phone is the software. If they release Google edition then I will be extremely happy.

12. 21babydoll12 unregistered

Ok, I really want this...actually I really need this tabz3

13. geordie8t1 unregistered

i been saying they should being a top spec tab compact out for months now, i know where my money will prob be going to now, its going to be an expensive run upto xmas now lol, nice new sony tablet ccompact, asus zenbook ux 305 and possibly either the note 4 or lg g3

15. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

All I want for SONY tablet or phone is the water and dust resistant. I wish Apple iPhone and iPad will make water and dust resistant too so that I don't need to go to another OS.

17. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Does anybody know if this can make phone calls?

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