Sony announces the gargantuan Xperia Z Ultra


The Sony Xperia Z Ultra next to the 5-inch Samsung Galaxy S4

Did you feel that the 5-inch display on the Xperia Z was perhaps too small? Well your desires have been satisfied with the latest smartphone from Sony: it's called the Xperia Z Ultra, and it features a mammoth 6.4-inch 1080p "Triluminous" display that Sony says will work with numerous styluses, including any pencil. The Japanese company has also made this phone remarkably slim at just 6.5mm thick, although due to its large footprint it still weighs over 210 grams.

Aside from the massive display, Sony has packed in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset to power everything, which features a 2.2 GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 4K playback capabilities. Other specs include an 8-megapixel Exmor RS camera, 16 GB of internal storage (of which 11 GB is available to the user), and a 3000 mAh battery. Like its Xperia Z brother, the Xperia Z Ultra is also waterproof thanks to IP55 and IP58 protection.

The phone will come out of the box with Android 4.2 'Jelly Bean' installed, and it'll hit shelves in the third quarter of this year in black, white and purple for an undisclosed amount of money.

Source: Android Central

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I walk around malls with my Surface RT up to my ear, Start Menu fully visible, pretending to talk on it. Drives the Android folks nuts!!

People say the Samsung Galaxy Note is ugly and too big? Seriously? So what do you call Sony's huge ugly brick? That is an ugly phone. I have the Note II and for its size it is a beautiful phone. That Xperia is ugly and looks more like a tablet vs a phone.

ahhell said,
It's nice to see that Sony hasn't changed. Makes a massive phone...has miniscule buttons.

Bad news is if you unlock bootloader on any Xperia device, you loose DRM keys specific to your device. The device warranty is void forever.

You cannot go back to previous Virgin state like Samsung phones. So if you like to customize Android with custom ROMs, Xperias should be avoided.

Someone needs to shed some light on this DRM keys issue in these upcoming models.

We have come full circle. 22 years ago people complained that mobile phones where the size of house bricks. The introduction of smaller feature phones and then smart phones solved that problem. Now not being happy with a nice 4.5" screen we have come full circle by having these massive phones which ironically as the size of a house brick!

Richard Cousins said,
We have come full circle. 22 years ago people complained that mobile phones where the size of house bricks. The introduction of smaller feature phones and then smart phones solved that problem. Now not being happy with a nice 4.5" screen we have come full circle by having these massive phones which ironically as the size of a house brick!

People like big things: I remember when my 17", CRT monitor was a novelty and when TV were at most 21".
One of the reasons, I guess here because I would not go over 4.5", 4.7" max for a smartphone, for these "hybrids" is that a lot of people use them to watch movies and therefore a bigger screen is better indeed.
Again just my guess.

Why not make the Xperia Z with a physical QWERTY keyboard instead? It would not be waterproof and it would be bigger (or the same size) as the Xperia Z but actually more practical.

They already have the Xperia Z Tablet. What purpose does this serve other than to lose money?

Serves a purpose for some I'm sure. I use a bluetooth earpiece exclusively so size means nothing to me when making calls. My only issue would be portability, I like to keep it in my back pocket, I think the S4 is at the max size I'd like for that. But for businessmen, if it fits in the inside breast pocket, it's good to go. Large size means you can easily see and get some work done if need be.

ZipZapRap said,
don't care. Put Windows Phone on this, I'd buy it.

Why do you wanna put something which will instantly cripple an awesome device due to shortage of apps and restrictive filesystem? Not to forget lack of total customization...

sanke1 said,

Why do you wanna put something which will instantly cripple an awesome device due to shortage of apps and restrictive filesystem? Not to forget lack of total customization...

Allow me to disagree sir

sanke1 said,
Not to forget lack of total customization...

Let's pretend everybody cares about endlessly tweaking every aspect of their phone. Sure why not.

i like how android fans think wp is a chaotic mess but call it uncustomizable but the ability to change the wallpaper under an icon grid and having comic sans as the default font for text messaging is the paramount of personalization

so nice to see how pathetic fandroids can be

morden said,
i like how android fans think wp is a chaotic mess but call it uncustomizable but the ability to change the wallpaper under an icon grid and having comic sans as the default font for text messaging is the paramount of personalization

so nice to see how pathetic fandroids can be


Love it when Fandows pounce on anyone who has different views. I myself own a Lumia 520. At the moment, WP8 is truly inferior compared to my Note 2(software wise).

This Xperia phone will not be able to run WP8 till next GDR update due to 1080p resolution.

keep your pathetic comments full of hatred to yourself.

We as a society must ask ourselves the fundamental question of when does a phone start to be a phone? Is it the ability to make phone calls that defines a phone or is it the ability to hold it to our ears without looking like we put a tablet to our heads?

tsupersonic said,
This is crazy - personally I don't see the need for gigantic phones like this.

i remember in the early 2000's the opposite was true, nokia and other companies were trying to make phones as small as possible...

pirajoc said,
You make calls using your headphones.
Just no. While I do have a bluetooth headset, I do NOT use it often or carry it on me. The only time I utilize bluetooth is pairing my phone in car to make calls/listen to music. Anyone holding this phone up to their head will just look weird.

Yes but it's not like it's more confortable or it looks better holding a Note up the head.Even my L9 doesn't look that good.My friend who has a Note 1 always uses the headphones.

Basically a 6.5" tablet with phone capabilities on it. It's no longer a phone as that's clearly not the primary purpose.

morden said,
it will be HILARIOUS to actually see some dork censoring out its own head while trying to phone with it

You're easily amused buddy.

Dushmany said,
(Time for this old fart to go back to regular mobile phones)

If all you wanted is to make phone calls and send text messages, why did you even start using smartphones (I assume you currently use one)?

Pupik said,

If all you wanted is to make phone calls and send text messages, why did you even start using smartphones (I assume you currently use one)?

Because I've had smartphones, and liked smartphones since the nokia 6630, I love the whole pda in a phone and the other features I have come to like on my s3 (which co incidentally imo is little too big, the mini wasn't available when my upgrade was). I just think something the size compareable to a 7 inch tablet computer that can make and recieve calls and texts is overkill.