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6.4" Sony Xperia Z Ultra unveiled - thinnest, fastest waterproof phablet comes with pencil input

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6.4" Sony Xperia Z Ultra unveiled - thinnest, fastest waterproof phablet comes with pencil input
We waited, catching a whiff of a rumored Togari phablet from Sony as early as back in January, wondering how it will hold up against an eventual Galaxy Note 3, if both came with a stylus. The wait is finally over, and Sony's first phablet, called indeed the Xperia Z Ultra, checkmarks every little detail rumored about it, and then some.

It marks two very important firsts in the mobile world - it is the first phone with the scorching quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, clocked at the breathtaking 2.2 GHz here, and the phone with the largest screen so far, clocking in at the hearty 6.44 inches. The panel sports Sony's new Triluminous display technology, taken from Sony's fresh TV portfolio, and is naturally sporting a 1080p Full HD resolution.

The rest of the specs are top-notch as well - 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and thankfully a microSD slot for memory expansion. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 naturally sports a built-in 4G LTE radio, but it is also capable of HD voice quality, if your carrier network supports the service. The camera on the back is an 8 MP Exmor RS sensor, with all the usual bells and whistles like HDR video capabilities.

Sony didn't stop here, though - it made the world's thinnest Full HD phone, at mere 6.5mm, and, despite the tempered glass chassis OmniBalance build, graced it with superior waterproof functionality, complying with the IP58 standard. That is chillaxing in 5 feet of water, up to thirty minutes, and escaping unscathed, and a remarkable achievement for such a thin device. Granted, at 212 grams it is not the lightest out there, but considering the huge display panel, the metal side frame around it and the phone's glass shell, it is worthy of praise in this department as well.


The Japanese have not only made the thinnest watertight phone with the largest screen and fastest processor with the Xperia Z Ultra, but it also wanted to diversify its phablet functionalities beyond what is possible with Samsung's Note family, for instance. As such, they have employed a technology that allows you to write on the screen with any regular pen or pencil whose tip is more than 1mm in diameter, besides gracing it with stylus input functionality. Or, as Sony put it in the ongoing press event in Shanghai:

Maybe you don't want to just type. Maybe you want to make a sketch? Or take notes? With Xperia Z Ultra you don’t even need a stylus. Pick up any pencil or pen with conductive tip and you can start writing or drawing. And you can write during calls, so you’ll always be ready capture your thoughts as they happen. Note taking and sharing has never been easier.

Android 4.2.2 with Xperia UI coating is running the show, all backed up by a 3000 mAh battery, allowing the world's longest audio playback at 120 uninterrupted hours and talk time is top-notch as well, cited at 14 hours. Of course, with this display panel diagonal video playback endurance is on the average side at 5.5 hours.

The phone also comes with a bunch of innovative accessories, like the SBH52 dynamic Smart Bluetooth Handset with one-touch hands-free call handling. Its OLED display allows you to browse your call log, view text messages, and see who’s calling, so most of the time the huge phone can stay in your pocket or purse. It is also a stereo music headset, and has a built-in standalone FM radio with RDS. Pairing is done simply by touching it to the Xperia Z Ultra or any NFC-laden phone. The SBH52 has a splash-proof minimalistic design, so you can use it even when raining.

The other cool accessory if the Magnetic Charging Dock DK30, which sports a magnetic pin that allows you to slip the Xperia Z Ultra in the cradle quickly with one hand. When charging, the phone still stands at a viewing angle suitable for watching movies on the big display, for instance.

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra will launch globally starting Q3 2013, which means next month in certain markets, but for exact pricing and availability by market we'll have to wait for the scheduled rollout. The world's largest phone will be available in white, black and purple for every taste. What do you think, will the rumored Note 3 have a real competitor now?

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posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:28 22

1. blubi (Posts: 9; Member since: 22 Jun 2013)


Men should buy handbags.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:39 8

12. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


No need handbags, just buy big jeans and you're good to go.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:08 20

26. phil2n (Posts: 476; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I was like, OH my God.. is this true?.. I didn't expect Sony to unveil this monster right now. It might kill the Note 3 on arrival.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:18 8

50. AnTuTu (Posts: 979; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


"I didn't expect Sony to unveil this monster right now. It might kill the Note 3 on arrival"

You must be kidding....!!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 11:58 1

89. Dr.Phil (Posts: 937; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I am very impressed by this device and I do think it should push Samsung to really go all out for the Note III. While the screen size may be monstrously huge for a lot of people, we can put that aside and just marvel at what this device brings to the table. I will be honest, after seeing Sony finally step up and offer a high end device with this kind of specifications that are pretty much ahead of the competition, I am highly considering buying a Sony device for my next phone. In the past, Sony was playing catch-up. I mean the Xperia Z is a great handset but in the hardware department it seemed to be lacking behind in some areas (mainly the S4 processor that we had seen for months instead of the new 600 processor that the latest high-end devices were offering). I'm glad to finally see them get out ahead of the competition and offer a device with the latest hardware. If you think about it, the Snapdragon 800 wasn't suppose to go into production until next month, so for them to offer a device with the Snapdragon 800 right when the processor starts production is amazing. I have also been impressed with Sony's support for software updates on all of its devices. I've seen them offer support for the latest Android build on devices that were released two years ago. Samsung, in my opinion, still lags behind in that department.

So, I am looking forward to see what Samsung, HTC, and LG have to offer in response to this device. Overall, I was excited before but now I'm really excited to see what's coming later on this year!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:22 2

51. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


No flash? Why!!!!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 08:23 2

80. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


yes sony will kill note 3 no doubt about that...its a shame that they dont offer this with CDMA radios so more carriers can sell this phone

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:10 3

46. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Pajamas made of denim ... that should be good enough.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:01 4

22. tahnik (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


I'm sure you wouldn't say the same if it was Samsung...

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:10 3

47. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Samsing can;t be the leader forever.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:16 2

48. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


that *Samsing :D

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:38

32. hung2900 (Posts: 822; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


If the bezel is thinner, my pocket maybe enough

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:35

53. PunyPoop (Posts: 741; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Alter your pants, that is a good alternative!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:46 5

36. AnTuTu (Posts: 979; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


I think it's more like a tablet. Way too big for the Phablet category.

I think design could have been better something like less bezels and little bit smaller in size. This design is deal breaker for me. But well done with the technology you have put in this device Sony.

Will wait for Note 3.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 06:13 1

67. taikucing (unregistered)


I put it in my underwear

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 11:55

86. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6741; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


no we should buy a Satchel/Man Purse like ALAN from Hang Over

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:29 22

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Oh, would you look at that! It's freakin' gorgeous!
Good job Sony.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:36 13

10. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


ALL HAIL SONYY!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:58 7

41. PunyPoop (Posts: 741; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


The Sleeping Giant has RISEN indeed!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:51 1

74. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2867; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


And that model too :)

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 08:53 2

82. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ok this is DEFINITELY in my radar now. I can't believe I am saying that a Sony Handset will be considered.

Samsung DEFINITELY has a competator out there.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:30 4

3. Techsplash (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


competitor?i dont know.the xperia z was looking very good on paper .but most of the reviews of it have just been ok.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:41 5

56. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Reviews. Oh those deceiving words by those judgemental reviewers. I guess you should wait to touch it first rather than believing those reviews. One's perspective is different from the other, especially when one is a pure critic of the product. One example here is L920. Reviews I've read about it are at rage when it comes to its size. But when I manage to have one in my hand, it was so comfy.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:30 7

4. tahnik (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


Holy s**t !! At last they changed the display...This will be game changing !!!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:40 2

33. habeebs (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


they ddnt change the display , TFT display is still onn , but with a new better technology !!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 08:13

79. pwnarena (Posts: 979; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


there's still slight contrast and color change, though. you can look at the photos available right now. they still have hints of the xperia z flaw.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 11:56

87. TMach (Posts: 387; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


I am sure you realise this display is OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) Not TFT which is a version of LCD (TFT stands for thin film transistor). Guess some people never get over their bias even when they read and see something different! Rant over....

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:31 16

5. Libra501 (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


sorry Apple, i am going for Sony this time,

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:32 1

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


When it comes to Sony, i'm not worried about the performance as the UI is light. However, i'm worried about the screen... TFT and all the mighty specs will be somehow unjustified.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 06:40 1

71. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


don't worry no more crappy screen with bad viewing angle
check this
http://www.esato.com/board/viewtopic.php?topic=204753&start=11880

or you can watch this video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KtMzW8B9GE

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 11:57

88. TMach (Posts: 387; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


The display is OLED not TFT!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:34 4

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


The SGS4 Advance is the first SD800 phone but whatever. Impressive device by Sony, too big for my liking but it'll be a good benchmark of what to expect from the Honami, the product I can't wait to take a look at.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:44 5

57. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Was it officially announced? I think not. So, no.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 07:55 1

78. kurtdean99 (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


Are u crazy? That phone wasn't even announced yet. Xperia Z Ultra is the first phone with SD800. Don't be a blind fanboy

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:35 2

8. harigrg33 (Posts: 165; Member since: 20 May 2013)


Dammm this looks awesome.... ! Finally sony is on the competion....

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:37 4

11. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Sony is always on the competition. ALWAYS.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:36 4

54. PunyPoop (Posts: 741; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


They just remain to be quiet.. They are the Dark Horse!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:44

58. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Totally agree with you!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:35 4

9. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Gorgeous!
Go Sony Go!!!
With that design and gorgeous hardware they are going to give Note 3 a tough time

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:52 3

38. AnTuTu (Posts: 979; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


I don't think so. Note 3 will offer so many things in the software side.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:29 1

52. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


+1 :)
specially the stylus

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:40 6

13. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Wait it only has an 8MP Exmor R sensor? How disappointing. I also don't like the 5.5 hour video playback, the Note II and Ascend Mate pulls TWELVE, as well as the FHD S4. I bet most would've preferred 2 extra millimeters for 1000mAh+ battery.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:55 1

39. AnTuTu (Posts: 979; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Same here kinda disappointing :( I wish size was little bit smaller.
And still not sure what Sony would offer in the software side to this device.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:45 1

14. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


too dang big

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:47 4

15. pyradark (Posts: 784; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


The God of Design, this is how to implement the old design into new, Sony never fails, Wow on specs, so-so battery for video playback. And finally my dream screen from sony, Thank god that i didnt bought the tablet z. This is my first evah sony

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:48

16. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I really wish the OEMs would disclose the display area. Without the aspect ratio, the width of the screen, the 6.44" diagonal is pretty much meaningless.

While I haven't touched the device, it's clear to me that it's a tall rectangle device with a narrow screen.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:04 1

24. StuiWooi (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


Dude, we have the aspect ratio...it's a 1080p screen!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:49 5

17. wendygarett (unregistered)


Is this the 1st s800 device?

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:52 2

18. FlushGordon (unregistered)


WOwowowowowowow

I might change my plan....I was dead set on getting the NOTE 3

If the Note 3 doesn't sport a similar processor, then it's a No Brainer

Only downside to this is that I am seeing those dreadful on screen buttons

more like 6 or 6.2 inches to my eyes

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:58 7

20. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


1. "Only downside to this is that I am seeing those dreadful on screen buttons"

-This is Android. Are you new to Android?

2. "WOwowowowowowow"

- And I can see you were being sarcastic, Gordon. First, you bash Sony then now you say Wowowowowowow. -__-

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 03:54 5

19. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


everything is ok but this size isnt good at all.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:10 1

28. FlushGordon (unregistered)


The battery is so-so too....they could've stuffed at least a 3600 mAh in there

5 hour continuous video playback is a bit short

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:42 1

34. habeebs (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


its a phablet !!

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:04 2

25. pyradark (Posts: 784; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


The display kill note 3 hahaha

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 05:17 3

49. AnTuTu (Posts: 979; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Who knows mate what that Beast would offer.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 06:20 1

69. pyradark (Posts: 784; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Well im not going to wait for note 3 that can now track your eyes with your eye glasses worn for their bloatware. Having a no flaps in headphone port is already a innovation.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:17 3

29. StuiWooi (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


My main thought is: no flash? Really?! It (as a light in the dark) has to be one of the most used features on my phone...

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:20 6

30. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Freaking hell, and I thought the Galaxy Mega6.3 was too big :o

A beautiful phone by Sony indeed, but what's up with:
212g weight??
No LED Camera Flash????
3000mAh battery (smaller than Note2)??????

It's going to be a very niche device, I doubt Samsung have much to worry about here, the Note3 is guaranteed to address the weight, size, lack of flash, battery size amongst other things when it arrives, not to mention it already has a sizeable user base that just keeps getting bigger. Great try by Sony though, lovely looking thing.

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:22 1

31. Saamic (Posts: 119; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


They need to make this exact phone with a smaller screen variant...

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 04:48

37. rgxVOiD (Posts: 435; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Xperia Z? According to rumor it's getting a S800 upgrade with/also a Google Edition

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