Sony has finally revealed the Xperia Z Ultra during the Mobile Expo Asia 2013 in Shanghai, China, putting an end to various alleged leaks that turned out to be accurate. This is the same smartphone that had been known as the Sony Togari or the Sony Xperia ZU while it was still in the rumor mill.
As with many other high-end devices being released these days, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra comes with a large display measuring no less than 6.4 inches diagonally. That’s 60 percent larger than the many 5-inch handsets that are out in the market today.
The same screen boasts of being the first to feature Sony’s Triluminous technology working with the X-Reality Engine. Such features promise crisp and vibrant images on the handset’s full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) display.
This display also has waterproof properties, specifically IP55 and IP58, instead of the water-resistant properties found on Sony’s other handsets.
Furthermore, it supports note-taking with the use of a capacitive stylus, or even a graphite pencil or metal pen which has a tip larger than a millimeter. It is still unknown, however, if Sony will bundle a capacitive stylus with the Xperia Z Ultra.
Along with this massive screen, Sony packs the Snapdragon 800, the latest system-on-a-chip from Qualcomm. This processor combines the power of a 2.2GHz quad-core processor with Adreno 330 GPU, and has been showing rather impressive performance in benchmark tests.
Also onboard the device are 2 GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for expansion. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is its operating system.
Meanwhile, its battery is a 3,000 mAh unit. Compared to the battery of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the HTC Butterfly S, this battery has a slightly smaller capacity.
That said, the smaller battery allows Sony to keep the Xperia Z Ultra slim and light, with a measurement of only 6.5 millimeters thin, and a weight of only 212 grams.
The phone’s main camera has a 8-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, which is complemented by a 2-megapixel camera on its front.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is expected to be made available in white, black, and purple. It will hit the international market around the third quarter of this year.