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IFA: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact trumps the Galaxy Tab S at 6.4mm thick

Still boasts a 13 hour battery life
Wed Sep 03 2014, 16:45

BERLIN: SONY HAS UNVEILED the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, claiming the pint-sized Android tablet is the thinnest ever made.

Continuing Sony's ongoing effort to design its devices to be as small and light as possible, the 8in Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact measures just 6.4mm thick while weighing a travel-friendly 270g.

Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact


"[The] Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact pushes the boundaries of technology innovation by bringing our flagship Z3 series features in a compact size, continuing our new standard of offering premium experiences in a choice of form factors," said Sony Mobile Communications director Calum MacDougall.

The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is powered by a quad-core 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM, and it will offer users up to 13 hours of multimedia use from one charge.

Despite being thin, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has been designed to meet IP65 and IP68 certification standards, much like the newly-announced Xperia Z3 smartphone, meaning it is both dust and waterproof.

Sony Z3 line-up at IFA

Sony has loaded the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact with a host of top-end components including an 8in Full HD display with Triluminos, Live Colour LED and X-Reality screen technology. These add-ons aim to improve colour vibrancy and brightness levels, and ensure the device remains usable even when faced with adverse lighting conditions, such as direct sunlight.

Sony listed the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact's 8.1MP rear camera with Exmor RS as another key selling point, claiming it will easily be able to outperform the imaging sensors of competing small tablets.

Sony launches Z3 Tablet Compact at IFA

Sony has also made a number of software additions to the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact's Android 4.4 Kitkat operating system. These include its Playstation 4 (PS4) Remote Play service and Xperia Email, Calendar and Contacts apps. Remote Play is a consumer-focused service designed to let the tablet double as a PS4 controller.

There is no launch date for the Xperia Z3 Tablet in the UK or any information on how much it will cost, but Sony has revealed that the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will launch globally in both LTE and WiFi variants this autumn. µ


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