Sony recently Sony Xperia Z Ultra (PDF press release).and today offers up a competitor in the large smartphone, aka phablet, market with the
CNET hands-on with the Xperia Z Ultra
I owned, and loved, the, but went back down from that 5.5 inch display to the at 4.7 inches. As the market continues to offer larger display devices, I find myself moving to smaller displays on my phones with a tablet along for heavy surfing or work. While Samsung has shown success with its large Note line, I wonder if that is due to their marketing power or if people really are looking for smartphones that are no longer pocketable.
Larry posted anin the small tablet space and I am left wondering how much tenths of inches means to smartphone buyers.
The new Xperia Z Ultra has a whopping 6.44 inch display, but comes in at just 6.5mm thick as Sony continues to focus on thin phones as a selling point. The Z Ultra has an 8 megapixel camera with the same water and dust resistance found in the Xperia Z.
One reason I liked the Note II was the S Pen functionality, and it appears that is still something unique to Samsung's line. The Ultra Z does let you use a stylus (not included), pen, or pencil to write on the display, but it is not pressure-sensitive so line weights are not supported.
One impressive specification is the use of a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. It has all the typical wireless radios, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD card slot, and 3,000 mAh battery.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is expected to launch in Q3 globally in three colors (black, white, and purple). It is an impressive-looking, large smartphone, but I personally am no longer that interested in phones that don't easily fit in my pocket.