Stylish Sony Xperia Z3


z3The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is small, light, durable and powerful. The Z Compact series become the benchmark for design excellence and flagship-worthy performance. Sony is bringing the same trend to tablets.

The Sony 8-incher is dust tight and water resistant, a card-carrying member of the IP68 club. And it has front-facing stereo speakers. That’s its third advantage over your run-of-the-mill tablet,

Key features

  • Optional 3G and 4G LTE (Cat. 3, 150Mbps)
  • 8″ 16M-color capacitive touchscreen Triluminos display, 1,920 x 1,200px resolution, 283ppi; X-Reality engine; shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass
  • Android OS v4.4.4 KitKat with custom UI
  • Quad-core 2.56GHz Krait 400 CPU, 3GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU; Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset
  • IP68 certification, dust-tight and waterproof
  • 8MP autofocus camera with Exmor RS sensor; Info-eye, AR effects
  • 1080p video recording @ 30fps, continuous autofocus and stereo sound; live video streaming to Facebook
  • 2.2MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
  • 16/32GB of built-in storage; microSD card slot
  • MHL-enabled microUSB port
  • GPS receiver
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • Supports Sony’s Digital Noise Cancelling headphones
  • 4,500mAh Li-Ion battery

Main disadvantage

  • Screen resolution on the low side for a modern flagship tablet (but is sharp enough)
  • Subpar 8MP photos


Sony presses on with the inherent advantages of a multi-platform tech giant. A Walkman music player is paired with advanced sound processing and front-facing stereo speakers. The Triluminos LCD with X-Reality processing is, Sony claims, the brightest it has made yet.

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The Exmor RS sensor is sourced from Sony’s camera division and offers 1080p video capture, Superior Auto and livestreaming to Facebook and YouTube. The front-facing 2.2MP camera can also record 1080p footage.

The 3GB of RAM is a great start, the microSD card slot lets you add storage on the cheap, MHL 3.0 and Miracast do TV-Out with and without a cable and, of course, that IP68 rating makes the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact suitable for care-free bathtub and kitchen use. In one word the Z3 expecting to be an amazing device.



October 2014
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