Review Sony Xperia Z Ultra Hands-On

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sony simply dropped a real bomb on the phablet market - a 6.four" monster that threatens to flatten the competition. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra the primary officially announced device to be powered by Snapdragon 800 and it is also the thinnest device with a 1080p screen.

The list of tricks the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is aware of is nearly too long to fit on even its sizable screen. Seriously, this issue is both large and packed to the rafters with cool features. It slots between the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z, using the identical sleek OmbiBalance design and philosophy - "glass is good, skinny is even better".

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra profile measures simply half dozen.5mm, the slimmest 1080p device and shut to slimmest overall. We were quite impressed with the Tablet Z and this undercuts it by a fraction. Unlike the Xperia Tablet Z, but, this uses the latest chipset and Android accessible - Snapdragon 80zero and Android 4.a pair of respectively.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra at a glance

  •     General: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, penta-band UMTS/HSPA, 100 Mbps LTE
  •     Form factor: Ultra-thin water-resistant touchscreen phablet
  •     Dimensions: 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5, 212 g
  •     Display: 6.4" 16M-color 1080p (1080 x 1920 pixels) capacitive touchscreen TFT Triluminous display with X-Reality and OptiContrast
  •     CPU: Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
  •     GPU: Adreno 330
  •     Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  •     RAM: 2GB
  •     OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  •     Memory: 16GB storage, microSD card slot
  •     Camera: 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with face detection; Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps with HDR, 2MP front-facing camera with FullHD video capture
  •     Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, standard microUSB port with MHL and USB host, GPS receiver with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC
  •     Misc: IP58 certified - dust-sealed and water resistant beyond 1 meter; Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass for the front and the back panel, metal frame on the sides

This could be a no-mercy pre-emptive strike against the Samsung Galaxy Note III and every one different high-end phablets that may surface. So far we've solely heard that this or that device can use a Snapdragon 800 chipset, but this one is the primary to actually choose it. And the attractive style and skinny body are bound to win several proponents - they did for the Xperia Z and Tablet Z.

Same goes for the water-proof certification - IP58 suggests that it can go deeper than 1m of water, not like the sissy Xperia Z and Samsung Galaxy S4 Active.

The screen has 1080p resolution and despite the massive increase in diagonal it still has 344ppi pixel density, enough to qualify it for a Retina show label. It's a Triluminos display with OptiContrast and X-Reality, too, to prove that Sony is throwing the kitchen sink at this one. If it's as smart because the one on the Xperia Tablet Z, we'd be stocked (no offence to the Xperia Z phone, but we tend to like smart viewing angles).

The slim body did come back at a worth though, the battery has only three,000mAh capability. That's not a heap to go around for a quad-core processor clocked at the insane 2.2GHz (that would possibly be very power-efficient, we do not apprehend nonetheless) and a half dozen.four" 1080p display.

Thus, is the Sony Xperia Z Ultra the long run - massive, high-powered, thin and lovely - or is it just the king of the phablet niche? Well, that niche has been expanding as these days and thus have our pockets. Our first impressions of the Xperia Z Ultra together with live photos follow on the subsequent page of this article.

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