The release of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has been the hot topic for a number of readers, disillusioned over the lack of Australian availability of the NVidia Shield tablet and the higher than expected price of the Nexus 9. Sony appears to be gearing up for the launch, last weekend asking you to register your interest in the tablet, but now we know the price.
We’ve been able to grab the price from the Sony Australia website where the 16GB (SGP611A1) model has been listed as ‘Coming Soon’. Price wise, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will compete with the 16GB Nexus 9, with Sony pricing the tablet at $499. At this stage, neither a 32GB version, nor an LTE model have shown up on the Sony Australia site, but could be listed down the track when Sony officially launches the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact in Australia.
The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact comes with a tidy list of hardware specs, including :
- 8” 1200 x 1920 resolution TRILUMINOUS™ display for mobile, X-Reality for mobile, Opti Contrast IPS LCD
- 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-core Krait 400
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 3GB RAM
- 16GB Storage expandable to 128GB via MicroSD Card
- 8.1MP rear facing camera, 2.2MP front facing
- Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, MHL3.0 with microUSB-B OTG
- Front Facing Speakers with Clear Bass, Clear Phase, Clear Stereo, Clear Audio+, VPT (Sony Surround Sound Technology) for headset
- Android 4.4.4
- 4500 mAh with STAMINA mode
- 213.3×6.4×123.6 mm @ 270grams
The 8.1MP Camera contains a number of great software inclusions to take advantage of the Exmor RS sensor and 25mm wide-angle Sony G Lens hardware included on the tablet. BIONZ mobile processing is included and allows for digital noise cancelling, the camera also comes with Steady Shot with an Intelligent Active Mode. There’s a variety of camera functions like the Sony Social Camera to help snap, edit and shrae your photos, including Face In, Sound Photo, Multi Camera and AR Run.
The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact also comes with PS4 Remote Play compatability for gamers out there, making it possible to stream your games from your PS4 to your tablet over WiFi. The other popular party trick of the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is that it’s IP65 and IP68 rated, giving you protection from water and dust ingress.
We’re still waiting to hear from Sony Australia about a release date, but at least you can begin budgeting for the tablet if you’ve decided that this is the one for you.