We here at Gadgets are huge fans of large screens. These devices generally let you do more than a dinky little device can, but usually at the cost of added bulk. Sony is challenging this with the Xperia Z Ultra. This phone packs a genuinely massive 6.4-inch, full-HD triluminos display that will make short work of web browsing, video viewing, and even creating the odd document or presentation while on the move.
The Z Ultra runs a powerful Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor that runs at a zippy 2.2 GHz. This, coupled with 2 GB of RAM, this means the phone gives you all the power you would expect from a high-end device. It comes with 16GB of memory, with expandable to 64GB via a microSD and is dust- and water-proof to depths up to a meter.
The LTE device ships with Android 4.2 JellyBean and has the interesting feature of being able to recognize screen interactions from any pencil. It’s a little odd, but it’s actually pretty brilliant. The Z Ultra also comes with an 8-Megapixel main camera and a 2MP front device to handle video calls.
We’re going to get some hands-on time with the device in just a little while, so stay posted. We’ll be updating this post as the event rolls along.
We got our hands on the device, and man, “massive” just about covers the first impressions we got. I have slightly larger than average hands, but there were times it felt a little like it would slip out, just because there was so much phone I had to hang on to. Those with small hands might need a little backup handling the Z Ultra, but, man is it worth it. Every inch of the phone’s screen is just gorgeous. If I had a little extra time, I’d likely be off in a corner loading videos onto the thing.
The Z Ultra also has LTE, so if you have a hankering for fast connectivity, plus a massive HD screen, this might be the ticket.
We’re getting a look at the SBH52 accessory for the Z Ultra, which is basically an NFC-pairing Bluetooth device that lets to stream music and calls, removing the hassle of having to take out the (admittedly) large Xperia Z Ultra. It’s actually pretty handy.
We’re now also getting a peek at the Xperia M, the smaller brother of the Z Ultra, which might be for those looking for a device that is a little more manageable. We’re going to do a separate post on that little guy to, so hang tight.