Sony has announced its biggest phablet yet, the Xperia Z Ultra. Not only does it come with a Snapdragon 800 processor, it also boasts LTE connectivity, minimalistic yet stylish appeal, and stunning display. It also happens to be one of the thinnest phablets out there.
We say that it’s the phablet to beat, because it happens to come equipped with incredible hardware. Its CPU, for instance, is even faster than the one found in Sony’s flagship phone, the Xperia Z (read our review here). The screen is certainly big, and it also comes with Sony’s proprietary technology to produce vibrant and crisp colors.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra Specs
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 6.4-inch Triluminous display (1080×1920), ~344ppi
- 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- microSD support up to 64GB
- 8-megapixel main camera
- 2-megapixel front camera
- LTE, 3G, HSDPA
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS, A-GPS
- Dimensions: 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm
- Weight: 212g
- Li-Ion 3050mAh battery
We can’t help but compare this mammoth of a phone with one of the more popular phablets already available in the market, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (read our review). Obviously, the Xperia Z Ultra is bigger and boasts a higher pixel density, although it is also heavier than the Note 2. Stylus input is supported in Sony’s device, although one isn’t bundled with it. More importantly, the Xperia Z Ultra allows input from a real pencil or pen with a tip diameter of over 1mm. That’s something we haven’t seen in any other phones so far. In terms of build, the Ultra’s glass backside feels superior over the Note 2’s plasticky design. Granted, the Note 2 is last year’s model. Perhaps the arrival of the Galaxy Note 3 entails fairer comparison between Sony’s and Samsung’s flagship phablets.
UPDATE: Check out our full review of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra!
Just like with the smaller phones in the Xperia Z line, the Ultra is IP55/IP58 certified, which means it’s waterproof and dust-proof. One could take underwater pictures with it while submerged for up to five feet for a half hour.
Sony didn’t announce when the Xperia Z Ultra will specifically arrive in retail stores, although a global launch is expected in the coming months.