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

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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16 Comments

1. TouchWiZSucks

Posts: 53; Member since: May 12, 2014

Reduce the damn bezels if you wanna call it compact.

10. Feanor

Posts: 1322; Member since: Jun 20, 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.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Them BEZEL hater posts are coming.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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?

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

LOL! No device is perfect for me.

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

That name is a bit chunky lol

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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?

9. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 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!

11. mixedfish

Posts: 1544; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

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

12. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 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

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

They better. Always wanted a small size sony tablet.

14. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

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

15. 21babydoll12 unregistered

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

16. Remmy

Posts: 187; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

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

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