Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
Image: Sony

BERLIN — When it comes to tablets, Sony has so far kept things relatively simple — the company made fairly large but very thin, waterproof Android slates, such as the 10.1-inch Xperia Tablet Z and Z2.

Now, at IFA, Sony has launched its first 8-inch tablet: the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, calling it the “world’s slimmest and lightest” in its category.

At 0.25 inch thick and 9.5 ounces, the device is indeed compact, especially compared with its obvious competitor, the 7.9-inch iPad mini from Apple, which in its latest iteration measures 0.29 inch and weighs 11.6 ounces.

And, just like its predecessors in the Xperia Tablet range, it’s waterproof and dust-proof to IP65/68 specifications.

As far as internals go, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is essentially the same device as the Z3 smartphone — a quad-core, 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Adreno 330 graphics, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage memory (expandable up to 128GB via microSD cards).

The main difference is the camera — the Z3 Tablet Compact sports an 8.1-megapixel imager — and, of course, the 8-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixel screen and 4,500 milliamp-hour (mAh) battery, courtesy of the tablet’s larger form factor.

Just like the Z3, the Tablet Compact supports PS4 Remote Play, meaning you can use the tablet to connect and control the games you play on a PlayStation 4.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Sony’s 8-inch tablet supports the company’s audio upscaling technology, which — in theory — makes your MP3s and AACs sound better.

Image: Stan Schroeder, Mashable

Other software tidbits from the Z3, such as Sony’s DSEE HX tech that “upscales” the quality of your MP3 and AAC files, are present on the Tablet Compact as well.

The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be available globally in autumn 2014. The device will be available in black or white, either as an LTE or a Wi-Fi-only device.

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