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Sony Announces the Xperia Z Ultra: 6.4-inch 1080p Display, 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, 8MP Camera, LTE, and More

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Late last night, Sony made the Xperia Z Ultra official. Formerly known as the “Togari,” the Xperia Z Ultra is a massive smartphone (not a tablet) with an extremely large 6.4-inch 1080p display. It also runs the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, carries an 8MP camera, 4G LTE, Android 4.2, and 3000mAh battery all wrapped into a body that is just 6.5mm thick and waterproof.

The Xperia Z Ultra will launch globally in Q3 of this year, though specific markets were not announced. 

In terms of new features outside of specs, the Xperia Z Ultra’s display allows you to use any pencil or stylus to jot down notes, uses Sony’s “unique TRILUMINOS® Display,” and has been “optimized to experience at least 60% more of the screen than most other smartphones.” We’re also looking at incredibly battery life thanks to Stamina Mode, Sony Walkman integration with ClearAudio+, HD voice, and accessory lineup to help you fully enjoy that big beautiful display.

I’m just wondering, when is big too big? At 6.4-inches, we’re talking tablet here that also doubles as a smartphone, I don’t care how Sony tries to sell this thing. Just watch the video below and see how massive the Ultra Z is in the hand of everyone, outside of the guy with mega-hands at the 50-second mark.

We also don’t know when it will arrive in the U.S. After all, the Xperia Z was announced at CES yet still hasn’t officially arrived stateside. The Xperia ZL technically is available in the U.S., but as an unrealistically expensive unlocked phone without carrier partners. So who knows when this bad boy will arrive.

At least we have another opportunity to say “Zed” for the letter Z again, though, right? Always fun.

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Press Release

The new Xperia™ Z Ultra: The world’s slimmest and largest Full HD smartphone display* 

  • 6.4” Full HD TRILUMINOS Display for mobile powered by X-Reality™ for mobile engine for the ultimate big screen entertainment experience
  • Ultra slim, waterproof** and dust-resistant (IP55/IP58) durable design
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPUs and 4G LTE for fast performance
  • Write and sketch with any pencil and selected stylus or pen
  • Full accessory ecosystem for premium entertainment and one-touch connectivity
  • Battery STAMINA Mode for outstanding battery life

25th June 2013, Mobile Asia Expo, Shanghai – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces the next revolution in premium large-screen Android smartphone entertainment. The new Xperia Z Ultra is waterproof**, ultra-slim with a lightweight design so you can enjoy it anytime, anywhere.  It’s the first smartphone ever to incorporate a Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile powered by Sony’s latest X-Reality™ for mobile picture engine to deliver the most immersive viewing experience imaginable. Additionally, the Xperia Z Ultra will also feature the fully integrated Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPUs, 4GLTE and HD voice to provide a seamless connected entertainment experience, industry-leading battery performance and amazing speed.

“The Xperia Z Ultra is the most exciting revolution in large-screen smartphone entertainment devices with both the slimmest and largest Full HD smartphone display* in the world that is second to none.” said Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications. “We’re already bringing the best of Sony technology and design across a range of premium smartphones and tablets, and now we are bringing this same premium offering to the large-screen smartphone segment, setting a new standard for others to follow.”

The world’s largest Full HD smartphone display* 

Xperia Z Ultra features a 6.4” touchscreen Full HD display with Sony’s unique TRILUMINOS® Display for mobile, creating a wider palette of rich natural colours thanks to Sony’s BRAVIA TV expertise. The breakthrough technology includes X-Reality™ for mobile – Sony’s intelligent super resolution display technology which analyzes each image and reproduces lacking pixels to optimize quality for the sharpest videos. It analyses elements depending on the scene and adjusts them based on pattern, outline and colour composition. It also strengthens subtle patterns and accurately portrays their detailed feel, as well as reinforcing bold outlines. The large Full HD display has been optimised to experience at least 60%*** more of the screen than most other smartphones.

The world’s slimmest Full HD smartphone*

Xperia Z Ultra is supremely slim and lightweight with a beautifully crafted 6.5mm body and weighing just 212 grams for ultimate portability. Sony craftsmanship in design and attention to detail comes to the fore with clean lines and premium materials – the front and back are made of tempered glass, creating a seamless surface with the OptiContrast™ panel housed in an innovative solid metal frame which looks stunning from any angle. It features the same acclaimed OmniBalance design as Xperia Z and Tablet Z. The Xperia Z Ultra is available in a choice of black, white or purple colour finishes.

The only waterproof Full HD smartphone**

Xperia Z Ultra is both elegant and durable. With an impressive rating of IP55 and IP58, this smartphone isn’t only resistant to dust, but is waterproof** too – giving you the freedom to enjoy it anywhere. You can even film in Full HD underwater, taking your large-screen smartphone experience to a new level. The camera features “Exmor RS for mobile”, HDR for both photos and film, and Superior Auto mode automatically activates HDR and noise reduction when needed, so you’ll get stunning imagery even in challenging light conditions.

Ultimate entertainment experience

The Xperia Z Ultra is uniquely positioned to offer the ultimate big screen phone entertainment experience for watching movies, playing games, reading books and browsing the web.

Sony’s “WALKMAN”, Album and Movies media applications enable discovery of online and offline content through a single access point with new ways to enjoy and share that content.

The “WALKMAN” application leverages Sony’s audio engine and Facebook integration for sharing and discovering new music and is unique in that it provides seamlessly integrated access to all your downloaded music as well as access to a global library of over 20 million songs2 from Sony’s cloud-based subscription music service, Music Unlimited3.

The Movies application brings new intuitive ways to discover, manage and play movie content, together with easy access to an extensive library of blockbuster movies and the latest TV episodes from the Video Unlimited2 service.

The Album application provides seamless integration with the PlayMemories Online2 service, letting you access all your photos and albums from within the Album app instantly and easily, wherever you are. You can even set an automatic upload of your photos to the PlayMemories Online service to access and enjoy from any your favourite Sony devices.

The Sony Reader app2 provides seamless Reader store2 access so you can download and enjoy the latest bestsellers – it even lets you sync purchased books in popular formats and continue reading from same page.

Xperia Z Ultra will include an exclusive free entertainment content offer, including a free trial of the Music Unlimited2 service (subject to availability).

Ultimate performance with the world’s fastest smartphone processor****

The Xperia Z Ultra features the world’s fastest smartphone processor**** – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with HD voice, that together with Sony´s audio Sony’s ClearAudio+ mode and Xloud loudness enhancement, delivers not just exceptional speed and performance, but also unsurpassed voice and audio quality.

Battery STAMINA Mode significantly improves the standby time of your smartphone by four times or more1 as it recognises when you’re not using your display and automatically turns off the functions you don’t need, while keeping the notifications you want. As soon as you press the power button to wake up your screen, everything is up and running again.

Built for business

The Xperia Z Ultra is the ideal business partner thanks to the super responsive screen with handwriting recognition which is compatible with any pencil and selected stylus or pen (capacitive stylus or metal pen with tip diameter over 1mm). You can even write notes or sketches during calls so you’ll always be ready capture your ideas as they happen. The easy-toggle keyboard makes it ideal for one-handed input and multi-tasking, with small apps to help you improve productivity so you don’t lose time browsing between windows.

The robust security architecture safeguards both your corporate and personal data, with support for multiple accounts that are quick and simple to set up. Further business oriented applications will be made available in future as software updates, ensuring you get the best smartphone experience – whether for work or play.

Ultra connectivity

With one-touch functions you can instantly and easily share music, photos and videos from your smartphone to a wide range of NFC-enabled Sony devices, including speakers, SmartWatch, wireless headsets and TVs. There are several new and innovative accessories joining the range of popular connected devices.

The SBH52 is a dynamic Smart Bluetooth™ Handset that provides easy hands-free call handling with a single press, while leaving your smartphone conveniently in your bag. The OLED display conveniently lets you browse your call log, view text messages, and see who’s calling you. Use it as a quality stereo music headset to listen to your tracks or to the built-in standalone FM radio with RDS. Pairing and connecting is done simply by touching it to your Xperia Z Ultra or other NFC-enabled device. And it’s sleek, minimal design is splash-proof, meaning you can now use it anywhere, in any weather.

The latest generation of SmartWatch, the SmartWatch 2 SW2, helps you keep track of everything without taking your smartphone out of your pocket or bag. The SmartWatch 2 is a truly multifunctional digital watch and phone remote that lets you receive notifications, control your music, and connect with one-touch NFC to your Bluetooth™ headset for easy call handling. The water-resistant design makes it more versatile to use than ever and can be personalised with any standard watch strap. Use it as a standalone watch or with your smartphone. There are over 200 apps available for our first generation and with an open API we expect new applications will be developed quickly and easily for SmartWatch 2.

The Magnetic Charging Dock DK30 has an innovative magnetic pin that lets you place your Xperia Z Ultra snugly in the dock using one hand, either with or without the phone cover on. While your phone is charging, it stands at a comfortable viewing angle easily allowing you to keep watching your favourite movies even while charging.

Xperia Z Ultra features

  • 6.4” Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile powered by X-Reality™ for mobile engine for the ultimate viewing experience
  • Ultra slim, waterproof** and dust resistant (IP55/IP58) durable design
  • Qualcom Snapdragon™ 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPUs and 4G LTE for fast performance
  • Write and sketch with any pencil and selected stylus or pen (capacitive stylus or metal pen with tip diameter over 1mm)
  • 8 megapixel camera with “Exmor RS for mobile” sensor and HDR for videos and photos
  • Full accessory ecosystem for premium entertainment and connectivity
  • Battery STAMINA Mode for outstanding battery life

The Xperia Z Ultra will launch globally from Q3 2013 (exact timing of availability will vary by market).

* Specifications verified by Strategy Analytics’ SpecTRAX service, as of 24th of June 2013 the Xperia Z Ultra is the slimmest smartphone with a Full HD display, for more information on Strategy analytics results go to: www.sonymobile.com/testresults 

** As of 24th of June 2013, outside of Japan, the Xperia Z Ultra is the only waterproof smartphone with a Full HD display on global distribution. In compliance with IP55 and IP58, Xperia Z Ultra is protected against the ingress of dust and is waterproof. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone is (i) protected against low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP 55; and/or (ii) can be kept under 1.50 metre of freshwater for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP58. The phone is not designed to float or work submerged underwater outside the IP55 or IP58 classification range that may lead to your warranty will being void. Find out more www.sonymobile.com/testresults 

*** Display area available compared to smartphones with a 5” display or smaller

**** Specifications of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2GHz processor verified by Strategy Analytics’ SpecTRAX service as of 24th of June 2013, for more information on Strategy analytics results go to: www.sonymobile.com/testresults 

1 Based on testing done with default settings, default accounts and applications for Skype™ and Twitter downloaded to the phone. The more applications installed, the bigger the effect of Battery STAMINA Mode.
2 Number of tracks available from this catalogue varies by country and may be less.
3 Sony Entertainment Network services are subject to availability by region. Please visit www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com for more details.

xperia z specs

* This service is not available in all markets.

** Memory comprises of approximate 5 GB firmware plus 11 GB of “Internal storage” for music, pictures and movies, and downloaded applications and their data.

*** Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique as performed in controlled laboratory conditions. Actual time may vary.

About Sony Mobile Communications

Sony Mobile Communications is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a leading global innovator of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Through its Xperia™ smartphone portfolio, Sony Mobile Communications delivers the best of Sony technology, premium content and services, and easy connectivity to Sony’s world of networked entertainment experiences. For more information: www.sonymobile.com

  • Mauidan

    People dont think about what you really could use this for, unless you have been imagining/waiting on the possibility of 7 inch device with talk and surf like I have for 10 years! Think about all the small
    business such as mine that are web based…. Yes, this means true mobility for the first time!
    Work from anywhere.. I have remote forwarded my phone and then have to be in a hotspot
    to connect the tab or laptop, sux. Soon, that will be a thing of the past.. So, yes there is a real
    need for this size of a tab/phone…It wont come soon enough for me.. All that being said, does
    this phone allow surf/talk??.. No where on there website or ads does it say you can..

  • Jamtech
  • RicoDelicioso

    Ok, this is officially too big. However, I reserve final judgement until I hold it firmly in my hand (that’s what she said… Boom!!). I’m loving my Note 2 and I can’t see myself getting anything larger than this screen or handset size. If HTC’s T6 or Note 3 use relatively the same size factor for the handset but manage to stretch the screen a bit then I’ll be a happy camper. As it is, I need two hands to handle this monster….. oh, and also my phone. Boom!!!

    • JoshGroff

      That was part of what made me switch to the DNA from the N2, the other was the snapdragon.

  • SonyFTW

    People will finally know which company is the copy cat and which company has always been the innovator. Always trust Sony. Always buy Japanese son.

    • JoshGroff

      As a Sony fanboy, I second this. Wish more of their phones came stateside though.

  • http://anonymous-x.live.com/ anonymous-x

    I question this vs the Moto X. This looks to solve more than one problem.

  • http://www.theupload.geek.nz/ the Upload

    Why does it say its the only Full HD waterproof smartphone, is that not what the Z is?

    • JoshGroff

      The Xperia Z is dust and water resistant.

  • Scott Rogers

    ridiculous and unnecessary

  • Alexander

    Plz go to Verizon, plz plz!!!

  • paul_cus

    The footprint of the Xperia ZL is perfect. I don’t know who Sony is trying to sell this to.

  • Chris

    i think the note 2 about pushed the boundary of too big (imo). This is just ludicrous

  • RobRomeo

    That moment when your smartphone needs a bluetooth connector so you dont look like an idiot when you make calls.

    • JoshGroff

      Who talks on the phone these days?

  • cknight91

    This is literally getting close to holding a Nexus 7 to your ear…wtf

    • Nickan Fayyazi

      Except that, in addition to having a .6″ larger screen, the Nexus 7 has gigantic bezels compared to this.

      • cknight91

        Yes…hence the word “close”

  • Josh Fischer

    Bluetooth Headset to the rescue… Now just have to confirm if you can fit it in a pocket or if you will need a backpack…

  • Sjschwar

    I’m going to need pants with bigger pockets. “phablet compatible Levis”

    • JoshGroff

      Cargo or carpenter pants all the way.

  • Destroythanet

    When it comes to the upper limit for phones, it’s all about the pocket test for me. I couldn’t care less about touching the whole screen with my thumb like some iPhone loyalists, but if it can’t fit in my pocket and allow me to walk around and do all my normal tasks, it’s too big. The Note 2 is still definitely within this limit. I’m curious whether this Xperia would also work.

  • Richard

    Why is nobody using the phone to call somebody?

  • MentatYP

    Saw the still shots and specs, realized that I hadn’t paid any attention to Sony recently and thought, “Wow, this is a pretty phone with really high end specs. I might need to look into it.”

    Then I watched the video and saw how big this thing is. Erg.

  • Greg

    With a bluetooth headset this wouldn’t be bad to use at all. I also noticed it has a built in FM radio which is a nice feature to use at the gym and tune into the station for TV audio. Also they mentioned a new smart watch accessory and a magnetic charging dock/stand. Small bezel, NFC, LTE, Snapdragon 800, waterproof, 1080p, big battery, I like what sony is doing, they are actually trying to innovate and make better devices. Wish I could get my hands on one for verizon. Oh well.

  • CasperTFG

    Love it.

  • roberthenderson

    Give me an option to ditch the ugly illogical buttons stacked on top of buttons onscreen navigation for something beautiful and functionally intelligent like wave launcher or pie control style and we can talk Sony

    • Weber

      lol punctuation

  • ToddAwesome

    “That’s not a knife, THIS is a knife!”

    • JoshGroff

      Strangely relevant.

  • Bionic

    This is nothing, Motorola has a 7 inch coming. The Motorola Big Foot. Featuring:

    -Snapdragon 1000 @ 3ghz
    -includes a backpack for carrying
    -5000mah battery
    -3GB RAM
    -fellatio port

    • Tyler Durden

      Only 3ghz?

      • Bionic

        we are just now getting past 2ghz, so it makes sense, lol. The fellatio port needs to use one of the cores to run itself

        • Tyler Durden

          Man I was expecting 69ghz with that port.

  • Bionic

    One problem……….its a Sony.

    • droidrazredge

      Why don’t you like Sony Bionic ? Is it the software ? Specs wise it seems to be good.

      • Bionic

        Updates.

        • droidrazredge

          What if they made a Nexus Edition of this phone ? :)

          • Bionic

            Then yes. Impressive

        • Nickan Fayyazi

          Huh? Did you see how fast Sony pushed out the 4.2.2 update to the Xperia Z? Meanwhile, phones from about the same release time don’t have 4.2 (such as the Note 2, Droid DNA, Optimus G/G Pro, etc). That was only beat by Nexus and Asus devices.

  • Dan

    That phone is SEXY. Makes my GN2 look tiny.

  • viewthis66

    “I’m just wondering, when is big too big?” I don’t wonder this at all. To me its not even a conversation to be had. Once you start talking about what “you” think is or isn’t for others, you cross the line. I think it’s great that companies aren’t afraid to experiment with large and small screen phones. Choice is always best. When “you” think your choice should “be”, well my friend, you are Apple.

    • Bionic

      its too big when she says she can feel it in her stomach

      • LiterofCola

        Or when you can see it moving in her stomach

        • Yung Wang

          I can barely get her pubes to rustle.

      • michael arazan

        It’s TOO Big when you are rearranging her organs

  • vs8

    Remember when the Dell Streak was big? Me neither.

  • calum wilper

    It scares me more and more every time I see a phone with top of the line specs paired with a giant screen. Reasonably sized screens are becoming middle spec android phone territory with each new release. Is it too much to ask for a top of the line phone that I can reach the whole screen with the thumb on the hand I’m holding it with, in addition to not worrying about it breaking in my pocket when I have to carry something? I understand big phones have their place and that they sell well, but please, there are still some of us that don’t want to carry a frozen waffle.

    • Geoff Johnson

      HTC One Mini

      • calum wilper

        which is rumored to have a 1.4 Ghz Dual core as opposed to the 1.7 Ghz Snapdragon 600 quad core in the HTC One, which may not seem like a huge deal but i’m a sucker for top specs

    • Big_EZ

      I personally love the big phones, however, a 6.4″ phone is to big for me. I really wish a manufacturer would release 3 phones ranging from; 4-4.5″, 4.7-5″, and 5.3-5.7″ with the same specs except for screen and battery size. I think this would be great for sales.

      • calum wilper

        Huge fan of that idea

    • http://anonymous-x.live.com/ anonymous-x

      One day you might want to have an item you can see & still make calls with & or get your money’s worth.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    That’s too much. The note 2 is already pushing it on overall device size(not screen size).

  • Chris Schmucker

    Dem bezels…….

  • BTLS

    at least they really worked hard to trim down the top/bottom bezels and keep this tiny…

  • LiterofCola

    Still waiting for the Xperia Z Google Edition…….hoping :(

  • Jamin

    great job Sony, again

  • DanWazz

    Looks good. Now show me someone putting it in their pocket and I’ll be really impressed.

    • Weber

      Better stock up on JNCOs

    • Bionic

      or up their ass

      • DrewNusser

        Eh? That’s a weird place to take this conversation.

        • Weber

          Yeah, this took a dark turn quick stylee

    • JoshGroff

      I put my GTab 8.9 in my pockets sometimes. Then again, I buy carpenter pants.

  • LucasMonroe

    It’s got some pretty neat features. Writing on it with a pencil looks pretty sweet as well as the waterproof aspect. But that’s just too big.

    • Tyler Durden

      That’s what she never said.

    • sc0rch3d

      back somewhere in 1993, Zack Morris is laughing

  • Tyler Durden

    It’s so nice I can’t wait…..oh right it will never come to the US.

    • Josh Klein

      I think everyone is missing the most important question…Will it run Crysis 3?

  • chris125

    And this makes the note look small