A combination of separate leaks have strongly hinted at the launch of a standard Wi-Fi only version of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet. This smartphone was launched in mid-2013 to gracious reviews, but its size was always considered a hindrance for the average user. So it makes sense for Sony to launch it as a media device or a tablet with no cellular connectivity, much like a conventional tablet.
The AnTuTu benchmarks have revealed the presence of a Snapdragon 800 chipset sans the cellular radios, which means performance wise, the new Xperia Z Ultra will be no different from any flagship available in the market today. The said variant also made its way to the FCC for certification a couple of months ago, which also counts as proof of its existence. Maybe we can expect an announcement during the MWC event next month, which is always considered the right platform for mobile and tablet launches. The Wi-Fi only Xperia Z Ultra should cost no more than $350 at launch since it’s basically a mini tablet.