Sony's design director talks Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony's design director talks Sony Xperia Z Ultra
The unveiling Tuesday of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra had some hearts beating faster and drool dropping out of some mouths. The 6.44 inch glass on the device takes it past the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 by .14 of an inch to become the largest-screened smartphone in the industry. Sony's Product Design Director, Jun Katsunuma, who was responsible for designing the eagerly awaited model, was in Shanghai where he talked on the record about the device. Katsunuma's work on the Xperia line goes back to the Sony Xperia S. You might remember that model for the translucent strip that doubled as a notification light near the bottom of the phone. That little strip helped the device catch quite a buzz.

Katsunuma discussed the difference between the Sony Xperia Z, which he says uses a plastic frame, and the Xperia Z Ultra which uses aluminum side plates. This allowed Sony to make it thinner than the Xperia Z. The latter is 7.9mm thick while the Xperia Z Ultra weighs in at 6.5mm thick. Another difference between the two high-end models revolves around the color purple. Both can be purchased in black, white and purple although the 6.44 inch model uses a solid purple instead of the glittery purple used on the Sony Xperia Z. The reason? It seems that a solid purple color just looks better on the larger model.

So why choose a 6.44 inch screen? Why not round it off to 6.45? Katsunuma said that the 6.44 inch screen happened to perfectly fit a body that would be the thickness and length of a passport. Sony was aiming for that size because many travelers put their passports inside a coat pocket and have it with them at all times while on the road. And by allowing the use of a regular pen to scribble on the glass, travelers using the device won't have to carry around a stylus. While the screen is not made of Gorilla Glass, it is supposedly just as tough.


source: Engadget

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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)

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32 Comments

1. mi55u unregistered

big bezel = ugly

5. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

if the bezel is too small, it wouldnt be practical in handling the smartphone, i mean like typing or navigating on screen.

16. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

this phone shoud be used with both hands so even if it has "zero" bezels,no problems

7. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

with no led flash

30. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i guess it has some new tech in camera.

17. taikucing unregistered

childish design & plastic = even uglier!

18. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Side bezels are perfect but yeah, too much space at the top and bottom. Even Galaxt Mega 6.3 looks much smaller compared to Xperia ZU.

2. ngyixian96

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

The best of SONY I LOVE SONY ~~~

3. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

somebody ask him about low ppi,thick bezels,lack of flash,small battery,and a whole list continues....

6. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

low ppi...is this troll serious ??

14. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

im serious. not troll

31. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

so u r serious. lol

8. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Low ppi? No But thick bezels, lack of flash, small battery....Yes!!

9. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

once you get used to 441ppi you can never make a downgrade!if it were tab it wouldve been ok coz i have flagship phones along with it which comes with dense pixels to consolideate.are you getting my point?

10. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

So, your laptop has 19200 X 10800 or something around that resolution to satisfy your need for 440pp?

11. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Are you mutant or bionic? Or something that has microscopic eye vision? You're not supposed to put the phone 10cm from your eyes. It's like saying that 4k on 32 inch - televisions aren't enough.

13. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

dude,i borrowed s4 from my friend for 1 day.after that its uncomfortable for me to use my 720p screen.thats what happens when you downgrade your ppi

22. cyborg009

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

You are exaggerating.. unless you are seeing a 720p screen on a laptop and 1080p on mobile.. otherwise even 720p is good enough resolution till 4.5 to 5 inches. I agree that a phone with 6.4' inch display should've better res than 1080p but still not a deal breaker.. Good thing is the display tech on this is better so viewing angles and colors look good. No flash is a no go for me!

20. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

411ppi, what screen size is that. Is it 6.44? I think not

15. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

and heavy

28. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Galaxy mega 6.3 With smaller size and plastic body weight 199g vs Xperia ZU With bigger size metal and glass body weight 212g. 13 different only i think Sony doing better job Here

19. taikucing unregistered

You think 342 PPI is low? Scumsung Galaxy Note II has lower PPI (267). Perhaps you see your phone 1mm from your eyes?

29. yudi.nemesis unregistered

full hd with 344ppi it's even better than iphone 5 and S3

4. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

sony is also flooding market

21. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

That's why they're releasing waterproof phone

23. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

that's why every sony phone survive!! called that to your S4 so-so sale and other S4 family, maybe the S4 active can survive

24. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

With good looking phones. At least their flagship and lowest end phone does not look the same

27. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Lets have some comparison since january 2013 Samsung announced about 39 devices vs Sony only 10 devices

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Just give me the damn z ultra already.

26. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If you are in the U.S., be prepared for a bit of a wait. :-( Sony hasn't exactly set records for rollout speed in the U.S. in times past.

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