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.