Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet official with 6.4-inch Full HD display

Chris Davies - Jun 25, 2013
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Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet official with 6.4-inch Full HD display

Sony has officially launched the Xperia Z Ultra, an even larger version of the Xperia Z fronted by a 6.4-inch Full HD display and waterproof just like its smaller sibling. Billed as the world’s largest Full HD smartphone, the Xperia Z Ultra features Sony’s TRILUMINOS technology – as on the company’s BRAVIA HDTVs for more accurate colors and contrast.

There’s also X-Reality for mobile for optimizing photos and video to look their best on the panel, including upscaling lower resolution content to suit the 1080p the Xperia Z Ultra offers.

Just as Sony pushed its waterproofing on the Xperia Z, the Z Ultra is also unafraid of a dip in the pool. In fact, it’s even more resilient than the previous model, now certified to IP58 versus the IP55/IP57 of the Xperia Z. Sony says it’s the same width as a passport, which the company claims makes it fit more readily in the hand; actual specs are 179 x 92 x 6.5mm and 212g.

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As for software, Sony has fettled its media application suite, with a new WALKMAN app, Movies app, and Album app. They get updated sharing functionality, as well as better integration with the cloud. Underneath is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

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Inside, there’s 4G LTE connectivity along with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 quadcore processor running at a whopping 2.2GHz. That’s paired with an 8-megapixel Exmor RS camera and a battery good for up to 14hrs talktime or 790hrs standby, Sony claims. NFC, WiFi, and Bluetooth are all included.

Interestingly, the touchscreen will also recognize “any” stylus with a conductive tip, including a regular pencil, allowing Xperia Z users to sketch or make notes with whatever comes to hand.

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The Sony Xperia Z will be available in three colors – black, white, and purple – and sold alongside a new accessory, a water-resistant Bluetooth “mini handset” presumably for those times when holding a 6.4-inch phablet to the side of your head feels somewhat ridiculous.

No word on pricing at this stage, but the Xperia Z Ultra will launch globally in Q3 2013.


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