Purple Sony Xperia Z Ultra unit with support for the X-Reality engine and a new UI spotted in China
A purple-colored version Sony Xperia Z Ultra of as of yet unknown origin has apparently gone on sale somewhere in China, and it holds a little surprise for Sony fans. Those of you who identify themselves as such probably know this, but Sony's touted X-Reality Engine for mobile, along with the promised UI refresh are nowhere to be found on Z Ultras in circulation, our review unit included. This seems to have changed, as a user on the Chinese GFan forum boards has shared snaps of his new purple Sony Xperia Z Ultra showcasing a new software version, 14.1.B.1.493 (our review unit had 14.1.B.1.491), along with support for the X-Reality engine, the successor to the mobile Bravia Engine 2. Also shown are the somewhat reworked keyboard and an extra side menu in the app drawer that we've seen running on the Sony Honami software.
Though we rated the Sony Xperia Z Ultra highly in our in-depth review, there's no denying that the omission of the otherwise marketed X-Reality engine, and to a lesser extent – the new UI, left us wanting. To that end, we're definitely glad to see the first of the new firmware, and hopefully it won't be long until Z Ultra owners get an update prompt. Last we heard, the new software is expected to start rolling out the week commencing September 9. Whether that turns out to be the case remains to be seen.
New firmware spotted on a purple Sony Xperia Z Ultra
1. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
I wouldm't trust anything from China as being real, odds are its a clone.
5. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
I'm not sure it's actually a fake. Plus the counterfeits from the country are cloning the more popular OEMS such as Samsung and Apple but rarely do they ever clone Nokias, LGs and Sonys. Homegrown OEMs Meizu/Xiaomi/Jiayu (the latter 2 especially) are being increasingly cloned due to their popularity over there.
7. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Most of the clones are iphone clones, s4/s3 clones and HTC One clones.
9. Remmy (Posts: 55; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
I've actually seen (and tried using) some Xperia clones, but they're extremely rare compared to Galaxy clones which you can find almost everywhere here in our country. :
2. Genersis (Posts: 203; Member since: 29 May 2013)
I would love to see a major overhaul of Sony's UI, not sure why, because their current one is okay. I'd just like to see what they'd do...
6. boosook (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Yes, it's too big, yet there are many people who bought the galaxy note so it might find its niche, especially in japan were many people would rather buy sony than samsung, if they have an option.
8. rency0722 (Posts: 68; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)
The side menu on the app drawer is already available at launch. On the pictures itself, there is no UI seen.
In fact, that SoftVer is kinda like dev support which in case XperiaBlog reported there is a PTCRB certified XZU firmware in the form of 14.1.B.1.510
10. jaisix (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Hey am from. india. Currently working in sony india . As sales promoter. For xperia
And am glad to say that in our z ultra training they. Showed. Us an ultra. With. X reality... Also this update. Will come in 37th week for all ultra believe. Me... Am typing. this. From my ulta. Which. Sony has given for promotion this is also not updated but will be updated. By September. 10 for sure
11. AfterShock (Posts: 2895; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Good info, though in the way it was delivered does not read very well.
You drink too much coffee today or does that keyboard suck that bad?