Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: It may be a mouthful, but it won't be a handful

Taking the award for the most convoluted name is the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, announced today at IFA 2014.

Joining the new flagship Xperia Z3 and smaller sidekick the Xperia Z3 Compact is Sony's take on the 8-inch tablet.

Smaller format tablets have been growing in popularity, but up until now, Sony has stuck with 10-inchers.

The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact rights that wrong, giving you a slim, light and waterproof tablet that's going to be perfect for browsing in the bath with an IP65/68 rating.

The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is only 6.4mm thick and weighs only 270g, so should be easy to heft with one hand. It measures 213.4 x 123.6 x 6.4mm.

READ: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact preview

It features the Xperia Z omnibalance design, giving you something that's high quality and minimalist, with stainless steel corners and a tempered glass front. 

There's an 8-inch Triluminos display on the front, enhanced with Sony's Live Colour LED, with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. That gives you a pixel density of 275ppi, which won't give you the detail of common rivals like the iPad mini with Retina display or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. 

There is plenty of power, however, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.5GHz and 3GB of RAM. There's 16GB of internal storage, that can be expanded by up to 128GB via microSD.

Making a departure from the rest of the Z3 family, there Z3 Tablet Compact comes with an 8.1-megapixel camera on the rear and lacks the 4K video capture that the smartphone cousins offer. 

The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be available in black or white, with both LTE and Wi-Fi only versions. There's no word on pricing, but it will be available in Autumn 2014.

We've managed to get our hands on the Z3 Tablet Compact, so be sure to check out our first impressions!



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