Sony's 6.4in Xperia Z Ultra phablet arrives

Sony's 6.4in Xperia Z Ultra phablet arrivesWell, well. The escalating phablet wars have just been cranked up another notch with the official unveiling of the 6.4in Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

And while a spate of leaks have robbed the announcement of any real surprise factor, that doesn't mean we're not impressed now that the finished article has emerged.

The Xperia Z Ultra is Sony's biggest ever smartphone, yet despite the massive screen Sony's kept the thickness down to just 6.5mm. Impressive.

Unlike many of its rivals, the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean-infused Z Ultra comes with a full HD display (as opposed to 720p). It also debuts Sony's Triluminos technology, which supposedly delivers richer, more diverse colours.

It's also kitted out with the must-have high-end processor right now, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800, which is clocked at a mighty 2.2GHz.

Not quite as impressive is the 16GB of on-board storage, only 11GB of which is actually accessible, but the microSD slot's support of cards up to 64GB is some consolation.

Handwriting recognition is also present, and it'll work with any metal pen, graphite pencil or capacitive stylus with a tip diameter of more than 1mm.

The camera is an 8MP Exmor RS effort, and there's enough room left inside for a generous 3,000mAh battery, though you'll need it given the high-end specs.

Throw in IP55 and IP58 weatherproofing and you've got quite a phone – and with a hefty 212g weight you'll know about it too, if you can get it in your pocket in the first place, that is.

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra will be available sometime during Q3, and though we've had no indications as to price as yet, expect the number to be a high one.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 25, 2013 at 14:01

Not bad. Does it feature that glass back? It's what I really disliked when I tried the Z. Slippery and cold.

sparx1981  Jun. 25, 2013 at 14:16

Yes it has the glass back. To be honest I was waiting for this announcement and now it's here I'm a little disappointed. Originally I was thinking of getting the yet to be confirmed Nokia EOS phone. Ok it's windows phone but my hopes were for a good camera and large good quality screen. Then I heard of the rumours surrounding this and I thought, ok the camera might not be so hot but everything else is wow.... Now it's been announced, that camera couldn't be further from an EOS if it tried. There's not even a flash of any sort.

I am still tempted by it but the fact it has no flash could be a small dampener on it for me.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 25, 2013 at 14:32

No flash at all? Haha That is a bit meh - though most phone cams are not all that great in the flash department, but of you absolutely must take a pic in the semi-dark, then yes, no LED is bad.

sparx1981  Jun. 25, 2013 at 14:44

Well all the hands on bits I've read or watched suggest no flash however some people do say this is pre-production so there's a slim chance that one may be in the finished product. Most expect the product to arrive around the end of August tho rather than previous rumours of July.

Treab  Jun. 25, 2013 at 15:16


common thats insane

sparx1981  Jun. 25, 2013 at 16:11

going by Treabs link, the night photo looks good enough to me. That said though I am still dubious about no flash. We'll see when test devices are out there but the low light / no flash scenario is my only concern with this device so far.

sparx1981  Jun. 25, 2013 at 16:46

Just a thought, but does anyone think that this is just too big to hold up to your head? I didn't think so until I saw Sony's promo video on their site and the device looks BIG, and to top it off, no-one ever put's it to their ear in the video so does Sony already think it looks stupidly large unless you buy the added bluetooth mini phone thing?

Treab  Jun. 25, 2013 at 16:51

yep. 5" looks big... 5.5" looks daft 6.4" is HUGE for a phone.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 25, 2013 at 17:55

Gee... I found the Z too big

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 = 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm
Sony Z Ultra = 179 x 92 x 6.5 mm


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