Sony Announces Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Is Now Available For Pre-Order In U.S.

October 21, 2014 - Written By Ian Jardine

It goes without saying that Google rocked the Android world last week with the announcement of their latest devices. Since then, the Nexus 6 smartphone and the Nexus 9 tablet have dominated most Android related headlines and are getting a great deal of word of mouth. Unfortunately for other Android OEMs, it means their upcoming or newly released devices might get overshadowed. This is a shame too because the Android world is stacked with great options for consumers like never before. Companies like Sony have really come into their own when it comes to how they are treating Android’s software and are releasing their best devices to date. Since their recent unveiling, Sony’s latest flagship and flagship-lite, namely the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, have been lauded for their great design and lightning fast performance. Both of these devices are now available for pre-order in the U.S. and today it has been announced that their tablet companion, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, will join them.

People in the U.S. who are interested in the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact can pre-order the white Wi-Fi only version directly from Sony starting today, and it will set them back $499.99. It is expected to ship on November 2nd, the same date as Xperia Z3 Compact smartphone. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is much like its smartphone brothers in that it features some pretty impressive specs. It will run Android 4.4 KitKat, features an 8-inch IPS display with 1200 x 1920 pixels, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 4500 mAh battery, a 2.1 MP front facing camera and an 8 MP rear camera. It also comes with some other added features that are fairly common in the Android word these days, like NFC capabilities and microSD support.

Aside from these impressive specs, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has a few other features that will set it apart from the other Android tablets on the market. Because it is only 6.4 mm thick and weighs only 270 grams, it is the thinnest and lightest 8-inch tablet available today. It also has the highest water-resistance rating of any tablet in the world. Sony certainly left nothing to chance when they designed the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact as, on paper, it seems like a very high-powered device. Will it be enough to lure people away from other Android tablets, like the Nexus 9? Give us your thoughts in the comments below or hit is up on Google +.