Remember the Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet? For our money, it seems to be the lesser-known Sony Xperia Z device; the Sony Xperia Z1 grabbed headlines with its 20.7MP rear camera, while the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact crams emphatically high-end specs into a 4.3in package.
Perhaps, as a phone, the 6.44in Sony Xperia Z Ultra is just too big for some. Or maybe it’s too expensive. Solution? A Wi-Fi only Sony Xperia Z Ultra that’s essentially a small tablet.
That’s the word according to Chinese-language AnTuTu, though the Sony Xperia Z Ultra Wi-Fi only specs are easily discernible even if your Mandarin’s a tad rusty. It’s pretty much the same as last summer's device.
In particular, Sony Xperia Z Ultra Wi-Fi only specs include a 6.44in 1080p display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage (with microSD, presumably), 8MP/2MP cameras, and Jelly Bean Android 4.2.2.
We were initially a tad baffled by the news, but – in terms of size – the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is actually not far off the Google Nexus 7. Maybe Sony considered launching a 7in tablet and realised it’d be easier just to rip the radios out of the Xperia Z Ultra and drop the price accordingly.
Having already passed through the FCC last November, it’s probably not too ridiculous to suggest that the Sony Xperia Z Ultra tablet launch might go down at MWC 2014. Maybe.