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Sony Xperia Z Ultra Announced, Aims at Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s Market Share

After it announced its first 5-inch smartphone earlier this year at CES 2013 – the Xperia Z – Sony has now introduced a new powerful smartphone that boasts an impressive chipset and a huge display. The first phablet of the Japan-based phone maker, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, sports a gigantic 6.44-inch display, while being powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset.

The smartphones with displays greater that 6 inches that were announced so far, namely ZTE Grand Memo and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, are limited to HD screen resolutions, but the brand new Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a true flagship smartphone, making the jump at full HD resolution, in an attempt to steal some of the yet unannounced Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s market share.

The impressive 6.44-inch display, which makes use of a TRILUMINOS panel, was paired with a high-end hardware platform, based on a Snapdragon 800 chipset clocked at 2.2 GHz, the most powerful SoC manufactured by Qualcomm, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal flash storage, and a battery of 3,050 mAh which should be capable to get the phablet through a day of moderate usage with ease.

The case of the new Sony Xperia Z Ultra borrows the already-popular OmniBalance design language. The water and dust resistance has been improved, the Xperia Z Ultra receiving the IP58 certification. This means that the smartphone is both water and dust proof being capable of working in 1.30m deep waters for up to 30 minutes.

Because the Japanese phone maker decided to use metal for the bezel of the case, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra has an impressive weight of 212 grams, but in the same time it’s extremely thin, having a profile of only 6.5 mm. We shouldn’t be afraid to say it, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a gigantic smartphone: it’s 179.4 mm tall and 92.2 mm wide.

Even though I was personally expecting the Xperia Z Ultra to borrow the 13 megapixel sensor of the Xperia Z flagship, the new phablet only sports an 8 megapixel primary camera. Moreover, the camera mounted on the back doesn’t even come with a LED flash. The front panel of the Xperia Z Ultra accommodates a 2 megapixel user-facing camera.

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra connectivity features list makes the device a worthy member of the high-end segment. Underneath the 6.5 mm thin case you will find LTE Cat 4, NFC, HD Vice support, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD card slot and FM radion. The phablet doesn’t come with a stylus, but the display is compatible with any digital pen with metallic or graphite head.

As you probably expected, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra leaves the factory gates pre-loaded with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and, of course, the Japanese company has personalized the interface with it’s proprietary Xperia UI.

Sonny announced that Xperia Z Ultra will hit the market in the third quarter of the year and that the new smartphone will be available in three body colors: black, white, and purple. Unfortunately, Sony failed to reveal the price of its Galaxy Note 3 rival.

Do you think that the Sony Xperia Z Ultra will be able to bite a big chunk of Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s market share? Will the first Sony phablet become a poplular product? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Muawiyath Mohamed

    What are you doing Sony ? seriously 8 mega pixel camera from a 13 mega pixel camera of the Z. Even Note 3 is coming out with a 13 mega pixel camera, how are you going to compete against that. This time no flash, why ? I am disappointed again.

    • SkyMeow

      I am actually happy with this decision. You’ll get much better low light capability, and especially shooting under water. LED flash screws up pictures anyway.

    • OD

      Well if the camera is what you want, then go and get a canon. Great for taking pictures.
      Me, I look under the hood. Just like i do when i buy a car. But what ever you choose good Luck
      and let’s watch who wins.

    • wargamer1969

      Agreed but its not all about megapixels as some know. Its optics. Sony makes the best in my book as far as stand alone digitals go. The 13mp camera in the S4 isn’t all that when compared to the older and current smartphone 8mp models. I expect alot of the upcoming Note 3.

  • SonyRage

    Sony, Sony, Sony… You disappeared from AT&T, and your representative wouldn’t even step up when AT&T sought warranty support from you. What a shame. You’re the same company that made headlines for Lithium Ion batteries bursting into flames, and years later, your Experia line proves you still can’t make a safe or reliable battery. If you didn’t think to include stylus support and a removable battery for this phone, you’ll have scored a perfect FAIL for missing your market, missing opportunities, and alienating a former lifelong customer. Other than that, the specs sound nice-just like the phone of your that I regret purchasing.

    Get back to us when you get it right; in the meantime, Good luck to you, goodbye and good riddance AT&T. Any time you can dump two companies at once and solve twenty headaches with one decison, it’s a no-brainer.

    Have a nice day.

  • Ron

    Even samsung mega 6.3 with half hd display and dual core has 3200mah removable battery. Sony always has the worst battery ever

  • OD

    I am not sure yet? I have a Note 2 and love it. I will have to see what
    Samsung brings to the table. I like to be able to change out the battery
    if needed. If I Sony does not give that option, it will be no better
    than Iphone. And man they suck!!! (Have a had several and I am not going
    back) I don’t really care about the camera functions. All tho 13 MP is
    nice. I am all about whats under the hood. I need a reliable phone that
    is powerful enough to get the job done smoothly and effectually . Sounds
    like Sony is trying to face this challenge. But I am still going to
    wait for Samsung’s unveiling of the Note 3. I want to see who comes to sprint.
    Just can’t wait for the showdown between the 2. It will be fun to watch.

  • wargamer1969

    The sony phone is just way too big. The Note 3 will be pushing the limits itself. I’m still using the Note 1 and anxious to see what the 3 brings to the table, but I’m afraid the Note 3 will be just a bigger version of the S4 with only a change in the CPU and nothing more. Disappointing if thats the case. I expect more out of the 3 than just a bigger S4. Up the ante Samsung bring it!