Battle of the Ultras – Motorola DROID Ultra vs Sony Xperia Z Ultra

droidultraxperiazultraIt’s the battle of the ‘Ultras’ as we stack the new Sony Xperia Z Ultra up against the new Motorola DROID Ultra.

The DROID Ultra starts off with a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC CPU accompanied by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash that’s preloaded with Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system. Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra will come with the hot new 2.3GHz Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC CPU, again with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash preloaded with Android 4.2 operating system. The Xperia Z Ultra will have two Snapdragon 800 CPU options – the MSM8274, which doesn’t support 4G/LTE; and the MSM8974, which does. Make sure you choose appropriately.

The Sony unit comes with a massive 6.4-inch LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Meanwhile, its rival gets only a 720 x 1280-pixel panel measuring 5.0 inches but built on Super AMOLED screen tech. In terms of gaming power, the DROID Ultra’s S4 Pro CPU includes an Adreno 320 GPU and you’ll find a faster Adreno 330 graphics chip powering the Xperia Z Ultra.

While Sony provides storage expansion through a MicroSD card slot, good for up to 64GB per card, the Motorola phone comes with no added options – 16GB is all you get.

Battery capacity has grown considerably on phones over the last two years as the size of screens and the number of CPU and GPU cores has continued to increase – here, the Motorola DROID Ultra comes with a 2130mAh Lithium-ion battery inside while the Sony unit has a much larger 3050mAh Lithium-ion (non-removable) to keep it powered up.

Both phones are minimum quad-band in both 2G and 3G networks whereas the Sony comes in two forms – with and without 4G. Wireless connectivity is delivered through the 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac-standard options on both phones, as is Bluetooth, up to version v4.0 with A2DP.

Both phones also come with sizeable image sensors – at least in terms of pixel count. The Motorola unit features a 10 MP sensor with autofocus and LED flash on the back and a simpler 2 MP option on the front for personal shots. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra competes with a forward-facing 2 MP option but takes its best quality photos with the 8 MP (3264 x 2448 pixels) autofocus image sensor on the back. And if you want to do some video recording, both can deliver up to 1080p@30fps capture rates.

While both come with a MicroUSB port to connect the phone up to your computer, only the Sony features MHL – Mobile High-definition Link – to connect video straight into your big-screen TV’s HDMI port. While we have to confirm this, it appears the Motorola DROID Ultra does not include MHL or even USB On-The-Go (OTG) support. Throw in the Xperia Z Ultra’s IP58 dust-water protection rating and it’s hard not to see it as the superior of the two phones.┬áThat said, the DROID Ultra will also come in at a lower price tag, which should make it a more likely option for users who won’t meet the Xperia Z Ultra’s asking price.

And finally, as for size and weight, the Motorola DROID Ultra tips the scales at 137 grams and measures 137.5 x 71.2 x 7.2 mm. By contrast, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra weighs in at 212 grams but measures up at 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm. The Motorola DROID Ultra was announced in July 2013 while the Sony Xperia Z Ultra first appeared in June 2013.

NOTE: All specifications are subject to change and may not be correct at time of purchase. Please check before you buy any device that it meets your expectations and requirements.

ModelMotorola DROID UltraSony Xperia Z Ultra
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon S4 ProQualcomm MSM8274 (non-LTE) or MSM8974 (LTE) Snapdragon 800
ClockUp to 1.7GHzUp to 2.3GHz
GPU typeAdreno 320Adreno 330
Screen size (inches)5.06.4
Screen resolution720 x 1280 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Screen typeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreenLCD touchscreen
Operating systemAndroid 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Internal storage16 GB16 GB
External storageNomicroSD, up to 64 GB
Battery type2130mAh Lithium-ion3050mAh Lithium-ion (non-removable)
- standby timeUp to 312 hoursUp to 790 hours
- talk timeUp to 28 hoursUp to 14 hours
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv4.0 with A2DPv4.0 with A2DP
2G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Rear camera10 MP autofocus with LED flash8 MP (3264 x 2448 pixels) with autofocus
Front camera2 MP2 MP
Video recordingUp to 1080p@30fpsUp to 1080p@30fps
Dimensions137.5 x 71.2 x 7.2 mm179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm
Weight137 grams212 grams
Announce DateJuly 2013June 2013

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