Sony announces 6.44 inch water-resistant Xperia Z Ultra for Q3

Sony announces 6.44 inch water-resistant Xperia Z Ultra for Q3

Summary: Samsung showed large display smartphones can be successful and now we see Sony reveal their entry into the phablet market with the Xperia Z Ultra.

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Sony announces 6.44 inch water-resistant Xperia Z Ultra for Q3
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Sony recently announced the Xperia Z for T-Mobile and today offers up a competitor in the large smartphone, aka phablet, market with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra (PDF press release).

CNET hands-on with the Xperia Z Ultra

I owned, and loved, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, but went back down from that 5.5 inch display to the HTC One 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 an article discussing the minor differences in screen sizes in 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.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Smartphones

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  • Sony Ezperia Z Ultra

    I can only hope the Experia Z Ultra will be available to Canada. I was looking forward to purchasing the new water resistant Sony super phone but for what ever reason Canadians were not given the choice. We get the Sony Experia ZL which is supposed to be the same but not water resistant. I am afraid this will be another hyped up product not available in Canada. My contract ends soon so I guess I will wait and see. If anyone can tell me the reason the water resistant version is not available to Canada I would sure like to know. Thank you Trevor Howard
    Trevor Howard
    • Re: I can only hope the Experia Z Ultra will be available to Canada

      Can you not order things from overseas? We can in NZ.
      ldo17
  • Sony Ezperia Z Ultra

    I can only hope the Experia Z Ultra will be available to Canada. I was looking forward to purchasing the new water resistant Sony super phone but for what ever reason Canadians were not given the choice. We get the Sony Experia ZL which is supposed to be the same but not water resistant. I am afraid this will be another hyped up product not available in Canada. My contract ends soon so I guess I will wait and see. If anyone can tell me the reason the water resistant version is not available to Canada I would sure like to know. Thank you Trevor Howard
    Trevor Howard
  • Remove the phone from it!!!!

    So I can buy it as data only and stop getting screwed by the carriers.

    I'll be just fine with a Skype number.
    everss02
  • This is going to be a winner.

    The only issue I see is the delayed updates that are going to irritate a lot of people who would like to stay cutting edge. I wish Google asks Sony to offer one in the Play store with the Nexus experience worldwide. This would become the go to device for families with kids.
    idiot101
    • Adding to the one above.

      Strip the phone function and the back camera, drop the cost to about $350 and release it with vanilla android in the play store.
      idiot101
  • Awesome

    Oh my goodness, thank you! That xperia z ultra is awesome
    AndroidGNA
  • Pretty nifty but why obsess on thin for large phones?

    I really don't get the obsession with 'thinest'; reminds me of the long ago quest to make the tiniest flip phone. Seriously, if one wants to tote a 6"+ screen phone, wouldn't a couple more mm thickness allow a much larger battery, LED flash, ANT+ radio, or whatever? (many will end up protected in a hefty defender type box anyway)

    Even gimped by its thinness, I am pretty tempted, I love kayaking open water with waves and wind, but my Note II has to stay securely locked up in a pelican box, instead of mapping and video recording ridiculous exploits of a grey headed geek in a kayak. BT headset does still work so got tunes and calls, but still.

    And to those that say, "too big" or try to mock... there are plenty of tiny phones for you folks to enjoy.
    rwwff