The phablet craze is in full force this year, and there’s nothing like a new phablet on the market to get us foaming at the mouth for more news. Sony has dropped a little bomb on Twitter this morning, saying “Shh… do you want to know a secret? Stay tuned for the next big thing this season.” They followed the post with the above picture, and nothing else has been said about it at this point. While we’ve seen the Xperia Z2 announced and subsequently released in a few regions around the world, manufacturing issues have given Sony issues with the device and it’s still difficult to get in some areas of the world. This still hasn’t held Sony back from releasing the Xperia Z2 Tablet, and it even looks like the Xperia Z2 may just make its way to the US on Verizon Wireless. With that being the case Sony may just be readying the fourth pillar in its Xperia Z2 lineup, following the regular Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Compact and Xperia Z2 Tablet with the Xperia Z2 Ultra.
If you’ll harken back to last year with the Xperia Z1’s Fall debut you might remember the monstrously sized 6.44-inch Xperia Z1 Ultra, which was sold in both Sony skinned and Google Play edition flavors. The Xperia Z1 Ultra featured the same internals as the Xperia Z1, with the big exception being the size of the device. One particularly unique feature that no other phone seems to officially have is the “anything goes as a stylus” support, where you can use a pencil, pen or other traditional writing device on the Xperia Z1 Ultra’s screen much like the S-Pen on the Samsung Galaxy Note series, without the active button and hover features of course. This sort of thing gave Sony something to talk about, besides being one of the only waterproof devices on the market, and it looks like the original sold well enough to merit a followup this year. Other than the upcoming Google I/O in a few weeks there’s not any particular show that Sony would be announcing this product at, so stay tuned and we’ll keep you up to date as soon as we hear some more concrete info on the Xperia Z2 Ultra.