It looks like Sony has an unexpected compact surprise coming soon. While we have been mostly distracted by rumors of the Xperia Z3 and its Xperia Z3 Compact incarnation expected to arrive this IFA 2014, we certainly didn't see an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact coming. But this won't be an ordinary Xperia tablet as it is clearly marked to be a smaller than usual one.
The revelation comes via the user manual for a Sony Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad. That charging pad is compatible with many Xperia devices but would require a special attachment for different devices. Under the BSC10A attachment, supported devices include the Xperia Z Ultra, the Xperia Z2 Tablet, and a certain Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
Given the unexpected appearance of this mobile device, the rumor mill is still at a loss as to the size of this "compact" tablet. The current titleholder, the Xperia Z2 Tablet, measures 10.1 inches. Naturally the upcoming one would be smaller, but how much smaller? Sony hasn't unveiled a small tablet in a long time but it has quite a number of gigantic smartphones, with the Xperia Z Ultra being the largest at 6.4 inches. This Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact could very well be a 7-inch device, though an 8.9-inch tablet is not yet out of the question.
As to the specs, that part is even more up in the air. But if we use current trends as a basis, we can expect this to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2 to 3 GB of RAM, and a 1080p screen resolution. We will most likely see the real deal at IFA in Berlin next month, when Sony will be unveiling its new generation of Xperia devices.