If you’re a fan of large screens but don’t think the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or Huawei Ascend Mate are quite big enough, then the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the device for you. Sony officially announced the handset this morning, and it lines up pretty well with what rumours predicted.
The Xperia Z Ultra features a 6.4-inch 1080p Triluminos display, with significantly improved viewing angles and contrast compared to the 5-inch Xperia Z. There’s also Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800 processor, a quad-core chip clocked at 2.2Ghz, along with 2GB of RAM, LTE connectivity, and a 3,000mAh battery. Sony has also equipped the Xperia Ultra Z with an 8-megapixel camera, with the whole handset coming in at just 6.5mm thick.
And just like the Xperia Z, the Ultra has been designed to withstand water and dust. Sony says that the device is IP55 and IP58 rated and can be submerged in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. The company has also included a nice little bonus: the Xperia Z Ultra can be used in tandem with a stylus. Anyone used to scribbling notes or idly doodling on the Galaxy Note 2, then, will be welcome to do so on the Ultra Z as well.
Finally, Sony is also introducing an accessory for the device that should help to mitigate the pain of making a phone call on a 6.4-inch device. The SBH52 essentially acts as a Bluetooth headset, pairing with the Ultra Z via NFC and routing phone calls accordingly. Rather than hold up a slab of glass to your face, you can instead use the much smaller SBH52 on its own or with earphones. You’ll also be able to check missed calls and text messages on the built in OLED display.
Sony hasn’t given any indication on what the Xperia Z Ultra will cost, but the company did say that the device will be made available sometime in the third quarter. Three has also indicated that it will be carrying the handset when it eventually becomes available. In that case, expect to see a release in the next couple of months.