Many new devices were unveiled at the IFA held in Berlin this year, with every major smartphone manufacturer unveiling a device or more. Sony belonged to the later category as it revealed not one but three new devices namely Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. This article here is about the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact‘s first hands-on impression, and thanks to Android Authority.
The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, as the name suggests is a compact tablet measuring 8“, smaller than Sony’s other regular sized tablets that measure 10”. The tablet sports the classic Xperia look with Sony’s unique power button above the volume rockers on the right side of the smartphone while the left side sports the microSD card slot covered by a flap to protect it from dust and water. Beneath the card slot are two magnetic pins that can be used to attach the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact to various accessories that are available in the market. The bottom of the device sports the micro USB port which is again covered by protective flaps.
The back of the device lacks the all-glass panel that is seen on Sony flagships but then this device is no flagship, so I guess its okay. Instead, you have a plastic back that gives a good grip and makes the device firm to hold. Other features on the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact’s back are its 8.1 MP camera, the Xperia logo towards the lower side and the letter “N” on the back, which indicates NFC. Unfortunately, the device lacks a flash on its back.
The speakers are placed on the front and offer good sound quality. Overall, the device is quite sleek at just 6.4 mm thickness.
Talking about the firmware, the device runs Android Kitkat 4.4.4 with Sony’s own Xperia UI applied over it. The latest version of Android, Android L soon will be made available to all the Xperia Z3 Tablet compact users but the waiting period is not specified yet.
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