The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact tablet, unveiled at IFA 2014 has passed through the FCC recently and it’s getting closer and closer to release. The product is codenamed SGP641 and it has been certified to use on GSM, WCDMA and FDD-LTE networks.

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The product also has certifications for WiFi and Bluetooth. It comes with NFC too and for those wondering, it’s a very solid rival for the iPad Mini Retina and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. This model measures 6.4 mm in thickness, weighs 270 grams and packs an 8 inch Triluminos display with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. It has a 4500 mAh battery, good enough for 170 hours of music playback or 15 hours of video playback.

It’s both dust and waterproof and comes with an 8.1 megapixel camera with autofocus, as well as a front 2.1 MP shooter. There’s MHL 3.0 support, aGPS, digital noise cancelling, USB high speed 2.0 and DLNA. This model is compatible with the PlayStation 4 for remote play purposes, so you can take your Destiny fun to portable heights. Inside we find 3 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of storage.

There’s also a quad core Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked at 2.5 GHz inside, powering up Android 4.4.

  • I’d love to try a Sony device, having liked their Vaio laptops in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Not sure if their new Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be good enough to motivate me to sell my Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 though. On paper, I like the virtual home button rather than Samsung’s physical one. Generally, I think Sony’s devices look better than anyone else’s and I am keen on a smaller tablet, preferably with a screen size between 7 and 8 inches. The slightly less appealing aspect of this Sony tablet compared to the Galaxy Tab S is that, despite having an 8 inch screen, versus the Tab S’s 8.4 inch screen, it is actually slightly taller than the Samsung in portrait mode. OK it is a hair narrower too but, to me, the Galaxy Tab S already seems too tall and narrow. Sony’s bezels are a bit too big – not a practical problem but not so elegant as narrow bezels. I prefer the squatter form factor of the iPad Mini, which I had for a while, but until Apple allows us to use a mouse with an iPad, I won’t be buying another one. Bottom line, I would have been keener to get my hands on the Sony if it been a fair amount shorter than the Galaxy Tab S.