Price (RRP): $499
We’ve seen some solid word from Sony this year in its Xperia phones, and now it’s time to see what happens when it applies that template to a tablet.
The last product in Sony’s Xperia Z3 range isn’t a phone, but rather a tablet, and in the last month of 2014, Australia gets to see the product for itself, as we take the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact for a spin.
First thing’s first, there’s the screen, which is generally seen as the most prominent part of a tablet, and here Sony is relying on an 8 inch 1920×1200 Full HD display, taking advantage of Int-Plane Switching (IPS) technology and using Sony’s Triluminous colour technology.
Under that, you’ll find a smattering of technology that Sony has not only shown us before, it has shown us in very recent Sony phones.
Apologies ahead of time if it sounds like were reading the spec list of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, but Sony has basically kept things the same, including Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage, and a microSD slot to expand that last section if you ever run out of space.
As expected, Google’s reasonably recent “KitKat” version of Android runs here, with Android 4.4 appearing on the tablet out of the box.
Over in the multimedia department, you’ll find two front-facing speakers etched into the body above the bezels surrounding the screen, with a 2.2 megapixel camera found on the front and an 8 megapixel shooter on the back.
Connections for the tablet include 802.11ac WiFi with backwards compatibility for 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Near-Field Communication (NFC), DLNA, and Miracast rounding out the wireless specs, with wired handled through a microUSB port supporting MHL3 and USB on-the-go (OTG).
Ports aren’t typically high in number on Android tablets, and Sony keeps that area unsurprising, with a covered microUSB port, uncovered Sony’s proprietary magnetic dock (left side), and an uncovered 3.5mm headset jack (right) with support for Sony’s noise cancelling headphones.
Depending on the model you get, you’ll find either one or two slots, with a microSD slot for expanding the memory found under the door on the right side, and possibly a nanoSIM slot for providing mobile data as well as mobile phone calls.
The battery is built into the body of the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (not removable), and is rated at 4500mAh.
We’ll talk about what we like first, and there’s a fair amount of that, starting with the feel.