Sony Xperia Z Ultra: the 6.4-inch Snapdragon 800 rocket

xperiazultraSony has decided anything Samsung can do with its Galaxy Mega 6.3 smartphone, it can do better with the launch of its own new ever-so-slightly-larger megaphone, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

At 6.44-inches, the Xperia Z Ultra packs a wallop with features, starting with that 6.44-inch touchscreen panel packing in 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution and a roomy cache of 2 GB of RAM to play with.

It’s also one of the first phones to feature the awesomely-fast Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 processor clocking along at up to 2.2GHz. The 6.44-inch panel gets driven by the new Adreno 330 graphics core inside the Snapdragon SoC CPU. Those two cores together should make this close to the fastest portable device available and give the latest iPad and iPhone 5 more than a run for their money.

And if that’s not enough, the Z Ultra is also IP58-certified – so its dust-resistant but waterproof to a depth of one metre for up to 30 minutes.

There’s 16 GB of built-in flash for storage inside and you can have more via a microSD slot that handles up to 64GB to load in whatever else you want. Its on-board storage is preloaded with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and the phone comes with a sizeable 3050mAh Lithium-ion battery to deliver a remarkable 790 hours in standby and 14 hours talk time.

Personal communications is taken care of by Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP and you can use any of the 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi standards available on-board. Basically, there shouldn’t be a wireless access point this phone can’t connect to.

The device’s 2G network coverage includes the 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz bands and 3G is supported over 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100MHz. It’s also 4G/LTE ready and barely misses a frequency band just about anywhere.

There’s a front-facing 2 MP camera but the device’s best quality photos are captured by the main 8 MP (3264 x 2448 pixels) with autofocus image sensor on the back. You can also capture video with the device at up to 1080p@30fps.

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra lands on the scales with 212 grams and measures 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm.

If anything, put one of these up against your Samsung Galaxy SIII and it might just look positively tiny. How quickly our expectations of phone size can change.

ModelSony Xperia Z Ultra
ProcessorQualcomm MSM8274 or MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
ClockUp to 2.2GHz
GPU typeAdreno 330
Screen size (inches)6.44
Screen resolution1080 x 1920 pixels
Screen typeCapacitive touchscreen
Operating systemAndroid 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Internal storage16 GB
External storagemicroSD, up to 64 GB
Battery type3050mAh Lithium-ion (non-removable)
- standby timeUp to 790 hours
- talk timeUp to 14 hours
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv4.0 with A2DP
2G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
4G coverage (MHz)700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 / 900
Rear camera8 MP (3264 x 2448 pixels) with autofocus
Front camera2 MP
Video recordingUp to 1080p@30fps
Dimensions179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm
Weight212 grams
Announce DateJune 2013

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