New Sony phablet in the works, Xperia Z4 Ultra, anyone?

New Sony phablet in the works, Xperia Z4 Ultra, anyone?
According to industry sources quoted by Taiwanese publication Digitimes, Sony is working on a new 6-inch smartphone. The large-screened phablet is said to be manufactured in Taiwan, and this is how the publication apparently got in possession of this information. Digitimes has an on/off reputation when it comes to information regarding unannounced devices, so make sure to maintain a dose of skepticism when digesting this information.

Although the publication doesn't mention any specs other than the size of the display, insider sources are quoted claiming that Sony is now focusing on mid-range and high-end smartphones in order to raise profits. Digitimes also says that Sony is expecting to sell 38 million smartphones in fiscal year 2015, opposed to 39.2 million smartphones in fiscal year 2014.

The last time Sony launched a smartphone with similarly large display was back in Q1 2014 when the company released the mid-range Sony Xperia T2 Ultra with a 6-inch display. Sony launched its largest phone to date, the 6.4-inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra, in July 2013. At the moment, we can't tell if the new Sony phablet will draw from the T2 Ultra or the Z Ultra, since both would make sense. 

The original Xperia Z Ultra was basically a larger version of the original Sony Xperia Z flagship, meaning that a potential Xperia Z4 Ultra should come with roughly the same set of hardware specs as the upcoming Xperia Z4. Previous rumors suggest that the Sony Xperia Z4 will come with a display running at 1440 by 2560, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and 3GB of RAM. On the other hand, the Xperia T2 Ultra came with more modest specs, so a new Xperia T4 Ultra model could arrive with similarly non-flagship hardware.

In 2015, the market for large-screened smartphone has expanded considerably compared to just a few years ago, as phablets continue to eat through the small tablet market. Unfortunately for Sony, this doesn't guarantee that its new gargantuan smartphone will sell in high numbers.



source: Digitimes

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15 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Z ultra main problem is the battery and screen. Hopefully they launch it together with Z4c and Z4. Qhd will be just fine with a 6 inch plus screen. I'm waiting for your curve sensors Sony.

11. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I have been using one since 2013 september. I don't find anything wrong with the screen, and the battery lasts for a day, which is about average. I would gladly wait for the upgrade.

13. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I do not find anything wrong with the screen or battery. If your battery does not last a day then you must be one of those people whose life exists mostly in their phone. My complaints are poor camera and no nice stereo front facing speakers. So for now I am using Nexus 6 until I see what Sony does.

15. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

I concur with your views. When the price hit the bottom, I grabbed one, been using it since last 3 months, and absolutely in love with the device. Yes, the camera is a big let down, I can live with the low volume of the speaker though. Screen is the best part of the device, not just the sheer size but the ultra sensitivity. With heavy usage and Wifi 3G always on I am getting a full days battery life, and I can happily live with that.

2. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Compact and Ultra versions of a flagship makes a lot of sense. If only Sony put a little more effort in marketing.

3. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

they need to work on camera software... and my Z3 is very hot...

5. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

I can agree with you in the camera part. In the heat part, I would rather have the heat being transferred in the body than staying in the SoC (that would throttle a lot) as long as it is not very hot lol. Anyways, had a Z2, put a case on it, heat on the hand problem solved :)

9. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Oh yeah... I have Z2 and the pics I get from auto mode is just average. They need better camera software. I feel like their marketing is going after then 1% sometime. Too hard to reach you, Sony.

4. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

3 different versions? Hmm.. I would go with the Compact version for Z4 :) Just hoping this doesn't put the final nail in the coffin for them though, Sony needs more marketing and more presence on the carriers.

6. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

They must not make any same old mistakes this time, this might be their last chance to survive in the mobile industry. Bring it on!

7. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I like a 6 inch screen, although I admit it is a bit big. But I don't think Sony knows how to get it right. Their 6.4 inch Ultra was too big and the 6 inch T2 Ultra was too low end. For me their 5.2 inch screens are too small. I would be interested in a high end device between 5.5 and 6 inches, not something Sony has come out with yet.

8. UltimateReviews

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Oh my... they surely need to work on the camera. There's been several occasions when I have tried to take photos and i get the error "Camera not available" The overall software on the Z Ultra in my honest opinion is very glitchy.

12. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I have encountered that error couple times too, though I later found some app accessing camera in the background. the culprit in my case seems to be google hangouts.

10. mobile-leaks.blogspot.com

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 08, 2015

Old news phonearena :p According to my news Xperia Z4 Ultra coukd also feature a Synaptics scanner which was presented at MWC

14. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Sony should stop wasting their resources on the Compact version. The market now is mostly for bigger phones. The last time I was on an airplane I could not help but notice how many people were squinting at their tiny screens just 6-8 inches from their face.

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