Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the company's first phablet, boasting a 6.44-inch display squeezed into a dust and water resistant case. Officially unveiled by the Japanese phone maker yesterday, the model that aims to the Android enthusiasts who want to benefit from the advantages of tablet-like display and the functionality of a high-end smartphone without purchasing two different products, will be available at a price that's not as expensive as we've imagined.
Making use of a case that uses a glass body and metallic borders, with a design reminiscent of the Xperia Z, the new Sony Xperia Z Ultra is underpinned by a Snapdragon 800 chipset with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU. The new smartphone will come pre-loaded with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Xperia UI on top of it, and it will sport 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, expandable with up to 64 GB using a microSD card.
The 6.44-inch display arrives with full HD resolution and Triluminos technology, making the Xperia Z Ultra fit perfectly into the world of the high-end smartphones of 2013. The back of the smartphone accommodates an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, and 1,080p@30fps video recording capabilities with image stabilization support.
For video calls and for selfies, the Sony Xperia Z also comes with a front-facing 2 megapixel camera, also capable of recording full HD videos.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra technical specifications list also includes 3G HSPA and LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS module with GLONASS support, NFC chip, and Radio FM.
With a glass case that it's resistant to scratches with a sealed construction that allows it to work in up to 1 meter deep water for up to 30 minutes, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra body has a total weight of 212 grams. Even so, Xperia Z Ultra is an ultra slim smartphone, that manages to accommodate in its only 6.5 mm thin case a battery of 3,050 mAh that should be able to keep it awake through a whole day of moderate usage.
According to the details revealed by the Sony division in Netherlands, the new Xperia Z Ultra will become available for purchase in early fall, with a price tag of €713.
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