Leaked specs detail Sony's iPad mini rival, the Z3 Tablet Compact

Sony is expected to launch a new addition to its tablet range in a couple of weeks, taking the fight to Apple's iPad mini, with an 8-inch device, featuring some pretty solid specs. In fact, most of those specs have apparently been revealed rather sooner than Sony would have liked, ahead of its official unveiling of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact at next month's IFA trade show in Berlin. 


The new tablet is expected to be water-resistant, like the Xperia Z2 Tablet pictured

A "very trusted source who has a very good history with leaks related to Sony devices" shared details of the upcoming mini-tablet with Android Origin. Key specs quoted by the tipster include: 

  • MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB onboard storage 
  • 8-inch Full HD (1920x1080px) IPS LCD
  • 8MP Exmor RS rear camera
  • 4G LTE connectivity 
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Battery in the 4500-5000mAh range 
  • Water- and dust-resistant 

Despite highlighting the strong previous record of the tipster, the site does nonetheless suggest that these details be taken with a pinch of salt - a prudent move with any unverified information, of course.

However, assuming the info here is correct, it sounds like Sony has quite a decent device in store - but the price of the new tablet will be crucial in establishing its success or failure in the market. Pricing details remain a mystery, for now, but at least there's not long to wait until we find out.

Sony is expected to launch its new Xperia Z3 smartphone soon too, despite its predecessor - the Z2 - having only been on sale for a few months, and only launching in the US a few weeks ago.

Source: Android Origin | image via Sony

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Is water resistant most requested features? I don't bring tablet when I go swimming or skinny dipping.
Perhaps coffee spill at Starbucks. ;)

Most phones/tablets designed in Japan are at least water resistant because most people there use them whilst in the bath + it's convenient not having to worry about spills or being thrown into the pool.

minster11 said,
Is water resistant most requested features? I don't bring tablet when I go swimming or skinny dipping.
Perhaps coffee spill at Starbucks. ;)

As a Z1 owner, it means it's really easy to clean & keep clean.

For me its not rival unless it's 4:3 .... Hmm when ever I hit edit and then edit comment I hit submit and the page goes white and I end up with a duplicate post.

Having had a Tablet Z for about a year now I can say they are wonderful tablets. That being said the battery life is terrible on them. The biggest I found between using an iPad and my Sony tablet was the browsing experience, its just no as smooth and load times weren't as great as when I had an iPad. My girlfriend iPad 2 delivers a better experience web wise I've found.

A complete waste of Sony's corporate resources. The iPad remains the best consumer experience in a tablet. No one is even close to challenging that. Android carries the ball at the low end of the market but every Android tablet argues for an upgrade to an iPad if only we had the money.

Stephen Pate said,
A complete waste of Sony's corporate resources. The iPad remains the best consumer experience in a tablet. No one is even close to challenging that. Android carries the ball at the low end of the market but every Android tablet argues for an upgrade to an iPad if only we had the money.

So how is iPad the best consumer experience? To me its just the same thing but different OS. Apps are almost all the same.

Soldiers33 said,

So how is iPad the best consumer experience? To me its just the same thing but different OS. Apps are almost all the same.

It might be an easier task if you can explain where it ISN'T the best tablet experience...seriously, by almost every measure it's better, I've never owned one because I'm not a fan of the ecosystem, but I do recognize a superior product when I see it.

Hahaiah said,

It might be an easier task if you can explain where it ISN'T the best tablet experience...seriously, by almost every measure it's better, I've never owned one because I'm not a fan of the ecosystem, but I do recognize a superior product when I see it.

Drawing or taking handwritten notes with a stylus. It definitely isn't the best at that.