Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Price set at $495 for launch Jan. 24; availability in other regions not yet confirmed

Following a string of rumors, Sony has announced a Wifi-only version of its 6.4-inch behemoth Xperia Z Ultra for Japan. Released as a nearly identical version of a phone which really felt more like a tablet in the first place, the Wifi-only model packs the same internals, screen and build as its mobile data-enabled counterpart. That means a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 1080p display, 32GB of storage and an 8MP camera.

Even down to the color options — you have black, white and purple — this looks to be the same big 'ol slab of Sony that we know from before. It's funny to see a device that was marketed as a purpose-built phone now simply called a "tablet" in marketing materials with no change in screen size, but we're inclined to think the Xperia Z Ultra is better suited as a tablet device.

Sony Japan pegs the price of the Wifi-only model at ¥51800, or about $495 USD, with availability online from the Sony store on January 24th. There's no direct indication of availability in other countries, unfortunately, but we wouldn't be surprised if Sony brings this Wifi-only model to more areas considering it doesn't need to be wrangled by the carriers.

Source: Sony Japan; (2)

There are 14 comments

RaiderWill says:

$500.00 for a house phone..

zizu101 says:

The Yen is a strong currency, it wouldn't be that much if sold in America.

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NoNexus says:

it is already converted into USD and comes to $500. Not to mention it *should* be higher because of tariffs, shipping and crap like that.

zizu101 says:

It may seem illogical but a Wiiu + a Mario game bundle costs 299$ in America but 314.29$(32,800Yen) in Japan. Also downloadable games from EA Origin gives a higher price for games when you are in Europe(when all conversions are done) than in America.

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aniket96 says:

Nice. Would use it as a tablet if they launch it outside of Japan. I don't see the point of getting a 10-12" inch tablet. They are not convenient to carry along. Feels like you are carrying a laptop.

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TheDu9du says:

Wow, this could be the first real rival to the iPod.

JFMobile says:

Finally, Android "iPod Touches"

Nexus 5 WiFi Edition!!!

crxssi says:

So why would someone want this thing at twice the price of the Nexus 7?

Justin Stepp says:

Its a little bit smaller with better specs all the way around.

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TheMimic12 says:

Nice way to get into the small tablet market, even though this is expensive.
Would it kill Sony to make a Wi-Fi-only Walkman that doesn't cost a grand!

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They've been making them for years. The Walkman Z series and new F series.

TKL74 says:

I can only see this thing selling at $400 max...

LeroyRJR says:

Nice, but not $500 nice

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zackmack7 says:

$500 for a 6 inch tablet? It's definitely a very nice device, but not for $500.