When the Xperia Z Ultra was launched, it was the biggest phablet around thanks to its 6.4-inch screen. With the launch of 6-inch phones like the HTC One Max and Nokia’s Lumia 1520, the Xperia Z Ultra doesn’t stand out in the crowd anymore, but its gigantic screen still pushes it dangerously close to tablet territory. Sony realized that recently, and now, after being leaked a couple of times, a Wi-Fi-only Xperia Z Ultra has been made official by the Japanese manufacturer in its home country.
As one would expect, Sony is targeting the Wi-Fi-only variant at those who want to carry around a device solely for media consumption, while being able to handle their device (barely) more easily than possible with a 7-inch tablet. The removal of cellular connectivity has added an advantage on the price front as well – the Wi-Fi model can be had for as low as $500 (52,000 yen), which is pretty good for a device that sports hardware like a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 1080p display, 8-megapixel rear camera (without flash, another tablet-y feature), a large 3050 mAh battery, water-proof body, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, with an update to Android 4.3/4.4 coming up in the following months.
It’s unknown if Sony will launch the cheaper Wi-Fi model in other countries. The probability of it making its way stateside is low, but we can always hope Sony will make a move to surprise us.