The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Sony has officially unveiled the Xperia Z Ultra and… the thing is as spectacular as expected.
I honestly don’t know where to start, as the Z Ultra comes with breathtaking specs and features all-around. Okay, give me a moment here. Right, here we go. The Z Ultra boasts a massive 6.44-inch display, which just happens to be Full HD (aka 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution). Also, it’s Triluminos, which to be honest I’m not sure what it means from a technical standpoint.
What I do know is the screen will probably put Xperia Z’s to shame with vibrant colors, high brightness and impressive viewing angles. And if that’s not enough to make you start drooling, it appears Sony has added handwriting recognition to the Z Ultra, so the panel supports capacitive styluses, as well as graphite pencils and metal pens.
But enough about the display and let’s move on to hardware. The Z Ultra is for all intents and purposes the world’s first smartphone to go official with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor inside. That’s a quad-core unit clocked at 2.2 GHz and if you’re curious just how zippy it is, you can find some preliminary benchmark results here, here and here.
Are those socks still on your feet? Good, because we’re not done yet. Sony’s newest flagship device is spectacular in terms of design as well, rocking a super-slim body that measures 6.5 mm in thickness. Not record-breaking, but very darn close.
In terms of weight, 212 grams might sound like a lot, but keep in mind this is a 6.4-inch “phablet”. Plus, it comes with a 3,000 mAh battery in tow, so you can probably excuse that slightly uncomfortable heft.
Okay, what else? Well, there’s 4G LTE, 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, water protection (IP58 rating, which is higher than the Xperia Z) and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Flawless list of features, don’t you think?
Unfortunately, for some reason there’s only an 8 MP shooter slapped on Z Ultra’s back, plus a 2 MP one on the front. Oh, well, you can’t have it all.
As you might have guessed already, the official details on pricing are non-existent. The Z Ultra is expected to go on sale globally in Q3, which means it could be made available a week from now or on September 30. In any case, I think we can all agree this monster is worth the wait.