Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra represents a great evolution of the original Xperia Z design. Sony went big with its latest mobile device unveiled at the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai: the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra incorporates TRILUMINOS, a display technology introduced by Sony at CES for its BRAVIA televisions, for better color reproduction, as well as X-Reality for optimizing the colors, sharpness and contrast of images. The idea is that the screen will actively analyze video and reproduce lacking pixels in a sharper and more vivid way. Obviously we can’t comment on the efficacy of these claims, but it’s safe to say that those who love enormous screens will be well-served by the Xperia Z Ultra.
The 6.4-inch phablet is one of the first devices to incorporate Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 system-on-chip. Clocked at 2.2GHz on the Xperia Z Ultra, the SoC features four ARM Krait 400 CPU cores plus a high-powered Adreno 330 GPU. It competes directly with Cortex-A15 SoCs like the Nvidia Tegra 4 and Samsung Exynos 5.
It supports an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with ‘Exmor RS for mobile’ sensor, capable of shooting HDR video and images. There’s a 2-megapixel snapper on the front, as well as a ‘Superior Auto’ mode that turns on HDR and applies noise reduction automatically, ensuring that consumers snap the optimum exposure in low-light conditions.
The Z Ultra offers IP55/IP58 water and dust resistance, weighs 212 grams (7.4 ounces), and measures a slim 6.5mm. This makes the Z Ultra the world’s thinnest HD smartphone, according to Sony.
That unbelievably slim body is built with the same layout and visual cues as the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z, including tempered glass on both sides and the power button mounted on the center of the right edge of the device. The frame is metal, giving the phone more strength than one might think – it’s also rated IP55 waterproof, which means that it can handle 1.5 meters of liquid submersion for up to 30 minutes.
There’s a massive 3000 mAh battery in the back, providing up to 11-14 hours of talk time depending on your network, up to 120 hours of music-listening time, and up to 5.5 hours of video playback, as well as 16 GB of internal storage. There’s also a microSD slot for up to 64GB of extra space, which is vital given that only 11GB of onboard memory is actually accessible to the user.
The Xperia Z Ultra, which also supports 4G LTE, comes pre-installed with new and updated Sony Media apps, including a new WALKMAN app, Movies app and Album app, to draw consumers back into the Sony ecosystem.
With its tasteful design and amazing sound quality, this wireless headset can be used as either a smart mini-handset to take phone calls or a Bluetooth® headset, the perfect partner to your big screen Xperia Z Ultra.
Sony is also trying to innovate with basic phone calls this time around, implementing its ClearAudio+ mode and Xloud enhancements for HD voice and superior audio quality.
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Specifications listed for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra include:
Sony said the Xperia Z Ultra will launch globally in the third quarter of 2013 and will be sold in three colors: white, black and purple, but Sony does not yet have any details on whether it will launch in the U.S.