What could very well be the smartphone with the largest screen on this planet, was used on Sony's invitation for its July 4th event
in France at 9:30am. The invite shows a sideways view of what is believed to be the 6.44 inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra. And it sure looks like this device is not only big where it counts, but also cuts a svelte figure at 6.5mm thick. The earphone jack will be on the side of this model and there is even an opening for a lanyard.
The use of a stylus in the ad seems to indicate that the Japanese OEM's big boy will come with some sort of pen-based input. The phone also is expected to be water and dust resistant. The rest of the rumored specs are top shelf indeed, starting with the 6.44 inch 1080 x 1920 Triluminos display. Powering the phone is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.The latter can be expanded with the use of the included microSD slot. Back and front snappers weigh in at 8MP and 2.2MP respectively. Android 4.2 is said to be pre-installed.
The invite states that "Sony Mobile reserves a big surprise for you
" (emphasis ours). The question mark is whether Sony can find a U.S. carrier to add the Sony Xperia Z Ultra to its lineup. The competition, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the HTC T6, will both be offered by stateside operators offering subsidized pricing.
And for those wondering how the device can be water resistant with no covering for the headphone jack, take a look at those Motorola DROID RAZR
models that come with the water resistant splash guard. These devices are coated using nanotechnology inside a vacuum chamber, and even the electrical circuits and ports are treated. With the improvements that we have seen in treating smartphones to handle water, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra will probably be able to withstand a drop into the toilet