Sony has launched a Wi-Fi-only variant of the Xperia Z Ultra, perhaps after realizing no one was using the gigantic device for phone calls.
With a 6.4-inch screen, the Xperia Z Ultra is one phablet that has always bordered on tablet territory considerably more than the competition. It even lacked an LED flash for the camera, a trait it shared with
almost every tablet out there, so it seems only fitting that Sony decided to launch a variant of the device only with Wi-Fi connectivity, especially for those who’d only want to use its big screen for media consumption while being able to get one at a lower price than the data-enabled model.
Apart from the lack of mobile data, the specs remain unchanged, which means the Wi-Fi-only model packs a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 1080p display with Sony’s Triluminous and X-Reality technology, 8-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera, 2-megapixel front shooter, 16GB of storage expandable via microSD cards, and a 3050 mAh battery that should last longer now that it won’t have to power cellular connections. It’s running on Android 4.2 out of the box, though an update to Android 4.4 KitKat should come along sooner or later.
The Wi-Fi Xperia Z Ultra will be exclusively available in Japan from January 24th, for a price of $500 (52,000 yen). Sony hasn’t mentioned if the
phablet tablet will be coming to other countries, though given the company’s new-found interest in large-screen devices, it likely will somewhere down the line.