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:

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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Xperia Z Ultra
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3050 mAh(16h 3G talk time)



1. blubi

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

Men should buy handbags.

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

26. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

50. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

89. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 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!

51. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

No flash? Why!!!!

80. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 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

46. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

22. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

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

47. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Samsing can;t be the leader forever.

48. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

that *Samsing :D

32. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

If the bezel is thinner, my pocket maybe enough

53. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Alter your pants, that is a good alternative!

36. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 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.

67. taikucing unregistered

I put it in my underwear

86. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

10. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013


41. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

The Sleeping Giant has RISEN indeed!

74. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

And that model too :)

82. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

3. Techsplash

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

56. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

4. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

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

33. habeebs

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

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

79. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

87. TMach unregistered

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....

5. Libra501

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

sorry Apple, i am going for Sony this time,

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

71. yudi.nemesis unregistered

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

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