Sony announces Xperia Z ultra, world’s thinnest full HD phone

Jordan O'Brien
June 25, 2013

If the Xperia Z is slightly too small for you, then Sony has the solution with the announcement of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean touting Xperia Z Ultra, which will bring a 6.4-inch full HD touchscreen right to your fingertips.

It will be the first smartphone to feature what Sony calls the “fastest processor” available, a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.

Whilst the Xperia Z Ultra is supposedly an ultra version of its baby brother, users who value the 13MP camera on the Xperia Z, will sadly find the Ultra a step down, with an 8MP snapper on the rear and a 2MP front-facing camera.

The real star of the Xperia Z Ultra show is the gorgeous 6.4-inch full HD screen, which features some cool tech that Sony has borrowed from its Bravia line of TVs. These features include a Triluminos display, which aims to recreate richer, more vivid colours that other screens can’t do, and an X-Reality Mobile engine which will allow the phone to optimise the image by recreating pixels that may have been lost in low resolution content.

Like the Xperia Z, you will still get that same robustness we all loved, with it being the only waterproof full HD smartphone on the market. With the 3.55mm headphone jack being waterproof in itself, allowing you to completely submerse the product despite not having a cover.

Whilst many people will find the 6.4-inch size huge, Sony claims it’s the size of a standard passport and can easily be used in one hand.

The design of the Xperia Z Ultra is incredibly thin, at just 6.5mm, with Sony claiming that it has now reached the point where it can’t go any thinner without redesigning the ports.

As standard with most smartphones these days, the Ultra will come with LTE as standard, as well as being able to write or sketch using a stylus — much like Samsung’s Galaxy Note range.

Availability is currently pegged to Q3 2013, with exact dates varying from market to market.

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