The Xperia Z Ultra has not been one of Sony's best kept secrets but now it's officially been announced by the Japanese company. With this latest Xperia, Sony are pushing into the large smartphone arena like nobody before them – not even if Samsung have reached these sizes, yet – with a massive 6.4-inch display and some serious horsepower to back the whole thing up. With a device as large as this, we're assuming Sony wants you to pick up a SmartWatch as well. As you'll probably tell from the image above, the Xperia Z Ultra is a sort of update – more of an upgrade – to the original Xperia Z and they share a lot of the same looks. They also share that same water and dust resistance with IP55 and IP58 ratings, leading Sony themselves to describe the device as "waterproof".
Where the two differ however, is what's under the hood. With that massive display, at 6.4-inches, Sony have had a little extra room to play with and that's led to some improvements. First of all, the display seems to be a new type for their mobile devices, they're calling it "TRILUMINOUS" as oppose to the "Opti-Contrast" display used in the Xperia Z. Let's take a look at the specs below:
- 6.4-inch 1080p TRILUMINOUS LCD Display
- Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 at 2.2 Ghz, which is being called "the world's fastest"
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB of Storage with microSD support
- 8MP rear-facing camera with 2MP front-facing camera
- 3,000 mAh Battery
- Android 4.2
- Sony are listing support for "any pencil and selected stylus or pen (capacitive stylus or metal pen with tip diameter over 1mm)" for writing and pen-input
- 6.5mm thin
When it comes to the build of the device, Sony have decided to go with a metal frame and the same sort of look and feel of the Xperia Z. The megapixel count has actually fallen from the Xperia Z, 13MP down to 8MP, but as we discovered in our review of the Xperia Z, more megapixels don't make for a better camera. In fact, they rarely ever do, especially when we're talking about sensors of this size, for most people 8MP is a perfectly sizable resolution. As for the rest of the device, Sony have pulled out the stops to come up with something current and up-to-date, and at 6.4-inches it's pretty unique in terms of size. The Snapdragon 800 is one fast CPU and we're sure that this will be significantly faster than the Xperia Z. Take a look at Sony's video to see what it's all about:
The Xperia Z Ultra is apparently headed for a "Global Launch" come Q3 of 2013 and will be available in black, white and purple. Take a look at the Press Release below and let us know what you think of this latest in the comments below!
25th June 2013, Mobile Asia Expo, Shanghai – Sony Mobile Communications ("Sony Mobile") today introduces the next revolution in premium large-screen Android smartphone entertainment. The new Xperia Z Ultra is waterproof**, ultra-slim with a lightweight design so you can enjoy it anytime, anywhere. It's the first smartphone ever to incorporate a Full HD TRILUMINOSâ„¢ Display for mobile powered by Sony's latest X-Realityâ„¢ for mobile picture engine to deliver the most immersive viewing experience imaginable. Additionally, the Xperia Z Ultra will also feature the fully integrated Qualcomm® Snapdragonâ„¢ 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPUs, 4GLTE and HD voice to provide a seamless connected entertainment experience, industry-leading battery performance and amazing speed.
The world's largest Full HD smartphone display*
Xperia Z Ultra features a 6.4" touchscreen Full HD display with Sony's unique TRILUMINOS® Display for mobile, creating a wider palette of rich natural colours thanks to Sony's BRAVIA TV expertise. The breakthrough technology includes X-Realityâ„¢ for mobile – Sony's intelligent super resolution display technology which analyzes each image and reproduces lacking pixels to optimize quality for the sharpest videos. It analyses elements depending on the scene and adjusts them based on pattern, outline and colour composition. It also strengthens subtle patterns and accurately portrays their detailed feel, as well as reinforcing bold outlines. The large Full HD display has been optimised to experience at least 60%*** more of the screen than most other smartphones.
The world's slimmest Full HD smartphone*
Xperia Z Ultra is supremely slim and lightweight with a beautifully crafted 6.5mm body and weighing just 212 grams for ultimate portability. Sony craftsmanship in design and attention to detail comes to the fore with clean lines and premium materials – the front and back are made of tempered glass, creating a seamless surface with the OptiContrastâ„¢ panel housed in an innovative solid metal frame which looks stunning from any angle. It features the same acclaimed OmniBalance design as Xperia Z and Tablet Z. The Xperia Z Ultra is available in a choice of black, white or purple colour finishes.
The only waterproof Full HD smartphone** Xperia Z Ultra is both elegant and durable. With an impressive rating of IP55 and IP58, this smartphone isn't only resistant to dust, but is waterproof** too – giving you the freedom to enjoy it anywhere. You can even film in Full HD underwater, taking your large-screen smartphone experience to a new level. The camera features "Exmor RS for mobile", HDR for both photos and film, and Superior Auto mode automatically activates HDR and noise reduction when needed, so you'll get stunning imagery even in challenging light conditions.
Ultimate performance with the world's fastest smartphone processor****
The Xperia Z Ultra features the world's fastest smartphone processor**** – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with HD voice, that together with Sony´s audio Sony's ClearAudio+ mode and Xloud loudness enhancement, delivers not just exceptional speed and performance, but also unsurpassed voice and audio quality. Battery STAMINA Mode significantly improves the standby time of your smartphone by four times or more1 as it recognises when you're not using your display and automatically turns off the functions you don't need, while keeping the notifications you want. As soon as you press the power button to wake up your screen, everything is up and running again.
Xperia Z Ultra features ï‚·
6.4" Full HD TRILUMINOSâ„¢ Display for mobile powered by X-Realityâ„¢ for mobile engine for the ultimate viewing experience ï‚·
Ultra slim, waterproof** and dust resistant (IP55/IP58) durable design ï‚·
Qualcomm® Snapdragonâ„¢ 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPUs and 4G LTE for fast performance ï‚·
Write and sketch with any pencil and selected stylus or pen (capacitive stylus or metal pen with tip diameter over 1mm) ï‚·
8 megapixel camera with "Exmor RS for mobile" sensor and HDR for videos and photos ï‚·
Full accessory ecosystem for premium entertainment and connectivity ï‚·
Battery STAMINA Mode for outstanding battery life
The Xperia Z Ultra will launch globally from Q3 2013 (exact timing of availability will vary by market).
* Specifications verified by Strategy Analytics' SpecTRAX service, as of 19th of June 2013 the Xperia Z Ultra is the slimmest smartphone with a Full HD display, for more information on Strategy analytics results go to: www.sonymobile.com/testresults
** As of 19th of June 2013, outside of Japan, the Xperia Z Ultra is the only waterproof smartphone with a Full HD display on global distribution. In compliance with IP55 and IP58, Xperia Z Ultra is protected against the ingress of dust and is waterproof. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone is (i) protected against low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP 55; and/or (ii) can be kept under 1.50 metre of freshwater for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP58. The phone is not designed to float or work submerged underwater outside the IP55 or IP58 classification range that may lead to your warranty will being void. Find out more www.sonymobile.com/testresults
*** Display area available compared to smartphones with a 5" display or smaller
**** Specifications of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2GHz processor verified by Strategy Analytics' SpecTRAX service as of 19th of June 2013, for more information on Strategy analytics results go to: www.sonymobile.com/testresults