Sony announces 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra, a slim and durable multi-tasking phablet

25 Jun 2013

At the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai, Sony Mobile unveiled its new Xperia Z Ultra, a 6.4-inch Android phablet that will reach the Irish market in August 2013.

At just 6.5mm thick, Sony is lauding the Xperia Z Ultra as the world’s slimmest and largest full-HD smartphone, but with a screen size bordering on a mini tablet, ‘phablet’ is probably a more appropriate description.

The Xperia Z Ultra positions itself squarely between the Xperia Z smartphone and the Xperia Tablet Z, providing a competitor to the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. The Android device follows the OmniBalance design language used in the other Z models with its front and back made of tempered glass, surrounded by a solid metal frame.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Also like the rest of the Z family, the Xperia Z Ultra is a durable handset that’s waterproof and dust-resistant to IP55 and IP58 standards.

Available in black, white and purple, the Xperia Z Ultra offers more screen real estate and the opportunity to take notes and draw sketches using a capacitive stylus, or even a plain old pencil or metal pen.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

The enlarged screen comes with Sony’s Triluminos Display for Mobile powered by its X-Reality for Mobile engine. Inside, there’s a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, which is currently the world’s fastest smartphone processor, according to Strategy Analytics’ SpecTRAX.

Features of the Xperia Z Ultra include 4G LTE, an NFC chip, HD Voice and an 8MP rear camera with an Exmor RS for Mobile sensor. This camera is capable of recording both still images and video in HDR and a Superior Auto mode helps users along without having to manipulate settings.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

The device also allows users to multi-task with a number of apps at once, while Battery Stamina mode gives it a longer life.

Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic