Sony Xperia Z Ultra features review (price, benchmarks, screen tech demos, camera samples)

Buried in the Sony Xperia Z Ultra white papers are a few facts that escaped the public attention during the brouhaha of the official announcement and the quick hands-ons that followed.

A lot of information still keeps pouring in, so we are rounding up what has trickled down after the grand unveiling, on forums and covered in-between specs details, so check out the slideshow below.

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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. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

The camera samples look less than impressive.

19. Secondhead

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

whyyyyyyyyyy Sony? why u no put led flash? and 8mp? oh c'mon, u said "attention to detail" but u forget the little one, no.. not a little, the important one..

25. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I think people, you need to understand the concept of the device. Unlike the Note 2 which is practically a bigger and slightly better S3, the Z Ultra is a more focussed phablet, which sacrifices camera exellence for impressive thinness and other phablet important features (multitasking, stylus-less imput). Obviously Sony doesn't want the Z Ultra to cannibalize the sales of the regular Z and the upcoming Honami. Samsung may be more into creating hero devices but ultimately the Galaxy Notes and Galaxy S's of this world eat up each other's sales rather than expanding. That might have mattered little when the Note was the only phablet in the market, but now this will be noticable.

37. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Yet the phone looks 10 times more attractive and powerful than a lumia 920...

2. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

No LED flash?

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

No. Also only 3000mah for a phone/phablet this size !

6. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Yeah that's a disappointment there. With the above comments that also went directly at this phone, we can determine that it is a fail already. There are so many great things to say about this phone, but it is the smaller detail that Sony cannot provide. I mean come on, give us all the features!

12. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 2012

allright manufacturers...we saw more than enough power, display and stop there..will you please concentrate on the battery by inventing a battery which can be ported into a 6mm device and can last long 2-3 days with heavy use.

27. Phaze0085

Posts: 124; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

No LED FLASH sounds like a big problem to me. But do I really need it?

4. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

It's great for people with large hands

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

......and it's cool for people with small hands.

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Daniel, you missed one. Buy an Xperia Z Ultra and get a 'pencil' free.' *T&C Apply.

7. roldxx

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

what can i say, no such thing as perfect device in the world

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sony, wtf were you thinking? You put the most powerful chip in the world in a phablet, but put the 8MP Exmor with no flash camera instead of the 13MP Exmor with flash. And a 3,000mAh battery on a 6.45" screen? I'm disappointed.

10. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Im so laughing at all of you guys whose bitter on its battery, imagine Xperia Tab Z with 10in screen and 6000mah, that last 7-7 hours on watching and surf. This one is just a bit above on the half of the screen of the tab z with added new hardware. This phone will just be fine!!! I know so!!

11. kurtdean99

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

They hate sony lol

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

there is a big difference between tablet and phone. A phone has sim card in it, the network of which drains significant battery.

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You know nothing then since it will run on a SIM card which means battery will drain due to it connecting to a network for signal. Look at the Galaxy Note II, Droid RAZR MAXX. If they can fit a huge battery in the phones, why can't Sony do the same?

30. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Sony already knows that, and of coarse it will drain a lot if mobile data is on and other stuff is running onn task manager, you know there is always a lot of ways to save battery life, instead you brag, dont buy it, just buy note 3 and goodluck with its bloatware and same old plastic design hahahaha

15. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

This is not Sony's Flagship phone thats y ;)

14. kurtdean99

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

For troll that said it has bad screen, triluminos is a gimmick, washed out screen, bad viewing angles etc... just see this for yourself

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

if i can get enough money i will get this one for sure!

17. taikucing unregistered

So, finally Sony uses something like IPS LCD? OK Sony, take my money

33. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

NO, still TFT, but improve in viewing angle and colors

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered


20. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Did PA forget about Xperia C being announced? :P

21. TMach unregistered

Some people are never happy and always bitching about this and that! Truth is there is no such thing as the perfect phone. My stance on this and lack of flash is simple, this IS NOT a phone, call it whatever you like but to me this is a TABLET! Personally, I am not in the market for this but hoping the Honami is true. Oh yes, get over your criticism of viewing angles as videos, already all over the net, clearly show this has great viewing angles and excellent colour reproduction.

22. TMach unregistered

Any idea as to the screen tech, seen a video that compares this to LCD (TFT is a LCD display by the way) and shows you the difference between the viewing angles on this say with the Xperia Z and traditional LCDs!

23. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I thought of buying one...but now...wait for Note3...I don't care about camera much but battery should last for heavy one day usage.

24. yudi.nemesis unregistered

yeah samsung will put bigger battery inside Note 3 but if what Sony said is true Xperia ZU have great battery life Talk time (GSM) Up to 14 hours Talk time (UMTS) Up to 16 hours Music listening time Up to 120 hours Video playback time Up to 7.5 hours with only 3000 mAh to power gigantic display those numbers are great

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