Xperia Z Ultra.

Phones 4u confirms plans to stock device in the UK, Amazon.de pre-order pricing appears

Following yesterday's global announcement, we're starting to hear details of retailers' plans for Sony's latest smartphone/tablet hybrid, the Xperia Z Ultra. The 6.44-inch beast will be offered through Phones 4u, the retailer has confirmed, making P4u the second major UK player to hop aboard Sony the Z Ultra train. Yesterday Three UK said it'd carry  the device upon release.

Meanwhile the first SIM-free prices are starting to emerge, and Amazon Germany is listing the device for pre-order at €679 (£575, $884). An eye-watering European pre-order price isn't entirely unexpected considering the phone's laundry list of high-end specs. The Ultra includes Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 800 chip, a new "Triluminos" 1080p display from Sony, waterproof and dust-resistant credentials and a glass-backed chassis. A €679 or £575 launch-day price would put Sony's latest on equal footing with the Samsung Galaxy S4, which launched at £579.99 in the UK.

A global launch is scheduled to take place sometime in Q3, but there's no firm release date just yet. If you're not yet acquainted with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, check out our hands-on impressions from yesterday's launch event.

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Source: Amazon.de via: XperiaBlog, Phones 4u