Sony's 6.4-Inch Phablet Xperia Z Ultra at Newegg for $700 - $730

Sony really needs to clean up their numbering scheme to avoid confusing the consumers - they have Xperia Z, Z1, Z Ultra, ZL, ZR, and so on!  Today we are concerned about their largest smartphone, or phablet, the Xperia Z Ultra, and it is now available for pre-order on Newegg.com, with a delivery date set for 10/14.  The offerings include two models, the HSPA+ (C6802) version for $649.99 and the 4G LTE (C6806) model for $729.99, and both included free shipping.  All three colors, Black, White, and Purple are offered up for order.

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the largest of Phablet displays on the market, besting the most famous Phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 by 7/10's of an inch!  The Xperia Z Ultra is only 6/10's of an inch smaller than the very popular 7-inch tablet...truly breaking the barrier between phone and tablet.  It is definitely a niche market, but one that many people are very comfortable in, I know I am.  With its waterproof certification it makes it the thinnest IP certified handset, in addition to being the slimmest one with a Full HD display.  The rest of the specifications are full flagship phone quality:

  •  6.4" TFT 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Qualcomm 800 Quad-Core 2.2GHz Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Memory
  • MicroSD support for up to 64GB
  • 8MP Camera with 16X Digital Zoom and Auto Focus, No Flash
  • 2MP 1080p Front Facing Camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, GPS, NFC
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • HSPA+, GSM, LTE (different models)
  • 179 x 92 x 6.5 mm - 212g
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

The Xperia Z Ultra is Sony's first real attempt in the Phablet category and it seems as though they have held nothing back, except, strangely, a flash.  With the Z Ultra Sony give us the largest screen on a smartphone (see comparisons below), flagship specifications, and waterproofing, all in one package.  Though not having a dedicated S-Pen like Samsung's Note series, you can write on the Z Ultra's screen with any pencil, pen, or stylus.

If you are in the market for a Phablet, and you do not mind the larger size and two-handed operation, you may want to check out the Xperia Z Ultra.  Right now, it stands at the top of the Phablets, just waiting for its competition, which will soon be the Galaxy Note 3, though sporting "only" a 5-7-inch Full HD screen, it should give the Sony a run for its money.

Let us know what you think about the new Sony Xperia Z Ultra - will you be picking one up or will you wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

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