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Snapdragon 800, 6.44-inch Triluminos display and Android 4.2 make the Z Ultra a beast of a smartphone

Sony's just made official its latest high-end handset, the Xperia Z Ultra, a device which straddles the line between smartphones and tablets with a 6.44-inch screen. The star of the show is Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 800 chip, which combines a 2.2GHz quad-core Krait 400 processor with the new Adreno 330 GPU.

On top of that there's a Full HD (1080p) "Triluminos" display, waterproof and dust-resistant credentials, and a chassis measuring in at 6.5mm thick. Also of note is the 8-megapixel rear camera and Android 4.2.2-based software.

We've got the broad strokes of the Xperia Z Ultra spec sheet and a few press shots for you after the break.

  • Colors: Black, white, purple 
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz quad-core CPU
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Dimensions: 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm
  • Weight: 212 grams
  • OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Cameras: 8MP rear, 2MP front
  • Display: 6.44-inch 1920x1080 TRILUMINOS display for mobile, touch panel cover glass with Super Hard Coat ASF
  • Storage: 16 GB (up to 11 GB user-accessible memory), microSD expandability up to 64GB SDXC
  • Networks: UMTS HSPA+ 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) MHz, 850 (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 1700 (Band IV), GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz, 4G LTE
  • Battery: 3,000mAh embedded
  • Waterproofing and dust resistance: IP55/IP58-rated

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dante501 says:

Looks like the Xperia Z just bigger. And some specs are better and some aren't. The ultra has a bigger screen, better CPU, bigger battery. But the camera is only 8 megapixel, that's where the xperia z has an 13 megapixel. So u get some and u lose some.

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androidian86 says:

More Megapixels doesn't mean better camera

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hoosiercub says:

What he said.

DWR_31 says:

I just want this because it's really big and made by SONY.

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But it does mean you can crop and zoom for a better picture.

ScottJ says:

Not if your cropped image is full of noise from an overworked sensor.

artlu629 says:

I have a question. I know it's not the megapixel that determines a camera's quality. What statistic do i look for when looking for a good camera?

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thinhsonys says:

Phone largest screen of Sony Xperia Z Ultra Camera no flash , taken from the test showed very good?

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mtmerrick says:

No camera flash. WTF sony.

JimKennedy says:

I love it!.. Don't know if I can wait though as I was about to buy an Xperia Z.

s2weden2000 says:

ajiphoney uswrs...who's your dAddy?

simply phab-ulous.. see what i did there (holds head in shame)..

cctpitts01 says:

Ummm, Where is the flash for the camera???

Couchchicago says:

Wow!! I have GS4 and I wonder if you can really tell the difference between the 2 in CPUs....but I LOVE that 6.44" screen (but why do they use such random measurements? I mean. ..doesn't 6.4" or 6.5" make more sense? Wtf is this extra .04" for?? Silly if you ask me.).
Re: 13 mp over 8 mp...I totally agree that more does NOT always meab better. My GS4 can't take pictures in low light w/out a flash....yet the HTC One camera witg only 4mp (and I DID read that correctly, right?) blows it out of the water in low light and does a damb good job of giving m GS3 a run for it's money in regular light settings (although I think the GS4 edges it out of that particular contest...and I'm not being biased here.).
But that proves, to me that more does not mean better! After all...these are NOT cameras...they are phones with cameras, right? But I amazed at what the HTC One delivers with only a 1/4 of the mp that the GS4 has!
That said....the 13mp really does make a difference in daylight. I've tested I t against a bunch of other 8mp phone cams and the oics my GS4 creates are just more....hate to use the word...vibrant. I mean real world tests...not what you see on your monitor as examples. But, nickels to dimes (or however that saying goes, the HTC One really has the best camera of the bunch because of what it can do with so much less than all its competitors! I'd love to see what an HTC One equipped with 13mp could accomplish....what with the ultrpixel thing they have going on.
If it weren't for the fact that I don't trust myself rooting my brand new phone (I'll wait a couple months before I do it because, although I've done it in the past, I get nervous doing it on a brand new phone...silly as that sounds!), I would turn in my phone 'cause I still have a week left to turn it in for no cost...but I'm not keen on the phones that only have 16gb internal storage when all the smartphones today need at least 1/3 of that just to run the darn thing. And the GS4 is the worst culprit with only 23.8gb to play with on a 32gb model. That is only 1/4 of total storage...but on a 16gb model...we're talking 50% of the phone's storage space utilized before you even start downloading basic apps!! Too much bloatware, if you ask me....
But I digress...I would still dig this new Sony phone if only for the extra inch and a half of screen space! As I watch tons of movies and tv shows on my phone, that would be a big contributing factor in buying this phone. I could make do wit 11gb and 64gb additional storage. And I would probably root the phone immediately, in this case...or only wait a month. ;-)
Anyway...I'm just babbling at this point so I'll give the podium to another.
Thanks for joining us on the Couch Show...where nothing of any import is truly ever said!! Lol....

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s2weden2000 says:

way too much text...

Couchchicago says:

Oh yeah...I forgot to ask. It really doesn't have a flash? That's a big no-no today, especially since so many smartphone users actually use the phone a lot at night since most are young and tend to be out late. However...I've found that the majority of flashes really fck up a picture making people look like caricatures of opposed to a real camera's flash that makes them look like they actually do in real life. Anyone agree with thia observation?


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mathiasjk says:

Completely agree that flash photos usually looks like shit. Perhaps it's that the flash on phones are an ordinary LED lamp and not a xenon lamp like on cameras.

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MasterElwood says:

I translate Sony to English : "works with any Stylus" = NO integrated Stylus!


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s2weden2000 says:

you have a integrated stylus! it's called your FINGER

deadlock4400 says:

@Alex Dobie

Thanks for the post.

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Wow. Nice specs and a beautiful handset :)

biln says:

Probably only 8mp camera cause the phone is so thin. But it does need a flash, not for the camera but to use as a flashlight

Enilla says:

Full specs over at this one looks good, its going to be my next phone...tablet... phablet..?