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Sony Z Ultra Also Introduced as a Google Play Edition, Starts at $649

Moments after going live with the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition, Google also went live with a white Nexus 7 and the Sony Z Ultra GPE. The Sony Z Ultra is most widely known as the Xperia Z Ultra, a massive 6.4-inch device that also runs a Snapdragon 800 processor. We’re talking 342ppi with a resolution of 1920×1080 that uses “similar” technology to a Sony Bravia TV.¬†

It also sports an 8MP shooter with EXMOR sensor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD slot, 3000mAh battery, and is somehow only 6.5mm thick and 212 grams light in a waterproof body.

The device comes SIM unlocked and should work on both T-Mobile and AT&T without an issue (GSM 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz). As far as LTE bands go, the Z Ultra GPE supports 4G LTE (700, 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100, 2600 MHz).

In terms of software, Sony’s entire Android skin is gone in favor of stock Android 4.4 (Kit Kat).

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  • Zodiak

    Guys take a look at the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition review right here – http://goo.gl/pbcwf5

  • angel ortiz

    Why do these reviews not mention battery accessibility. I had to do a separate search to find that battery is not accessible. Very big factor for me.

  • ddevito

    Nexus 6

  • Blue Sun

    Keeping in line with the Nexus family, the Z Ultra GPE comes with an awful camera sans flash.

  • M3D1T8R

    So.. Worth it to finally get a pocketable stock android device with SD slot to hold all my music? Nope. But at least it exists. Using the N7 (2013) 32GB, barely pocketable, not enough storage space. This would be perfect for that. Maybe if it was not a phone and just a small tablet, and half the price..

  • JohanV

    Can you make phone calls too in it?

    • Lewis Mayes

      its a phone

      • JohanV

        For a second I thought it was a tablet.

  • paul_cus

    I really like Sony, but the Z Ultra is still ridiculous.

  • Alexander Anteneh

    looks like a sony nexus 7

    • Matthew Merrick

      well that sounds like a dream come true.

  • samosa king

    Motherfucker. Stock Android on the Z Ultra is sexy!

  • Adrynalyne
  • droidrazredge

    If I had to choose one GPE phone out of all the OEM, HTC, Samsung, LG, it would be this bad boy right here, the Sony Z ULTRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! This is a dream come true!

  • Intellectua1

    I use to want the Sony Xperia Z Ultra so bad, then they announced the Note 3 this kinda rekindles the flame but the specs aren’t that great and the S5 will be a beast.. What’s the hype about GPE anyway?? I mean I could flash a ROM and get pure ASOP

    • Adrynalyne

      You are almost guaranteed to have a less buddy experience on a GPE device, and besides, GPE devices don’t run AOSP.

  • rthvk

    Give me an official ROM with this and I’ll gladly put it on my Ultra

  • id10terrordfw

    Oh how I wish this was the LTE Z1 as a GPe.

  • moelsen8

    ick that f*cker is huge… but good for choices, i guess!

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      That’s what she said

  • Destroythanet

    This is the one phone that totally failed my pocket test. I can’t sit down comfortably with this one. The Galaxy Mega is right on that borderline and the Note 3 fits with no problem at all.

  • Mo

    I see it has 4G LTE 700 and 1700 MHz, so is this able to work on verizon?

    • Destroythanet

      I’m wondering about this too. Is it like the Nexus 7? Come to think of it, are there any other devices that can run on all US LTE networks like the Nexus 7 can?

    • Jeff Badger

      For data only. Verizon doesn’t all voice calls over LTE as you need a CDMA chip.

      • Mo


      • Neil Fujiwara

        So could some just use a Viber plan or VOIP…not sure why, unless you really wanted Verizon and really wanted this phone.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    No flash and no 13mp. Disappointed

    • Yeah, the Ultra has the worst low light performance of any phone from the last 4 years. Everything else about it pretty much rocks… Except for things like the gym…

  • Guest

    sadly you can’t really find a better deal on the GPE device. . . the price is what it is and will stay that way. I can find a Z Ultra for ~$500. . .

  • Now bring us a GPE LG G2!

    • Cael

      GPE LG G3/G Flex? I don’t think there’s going to be a GPE LG G2 because of the Nexus 5…and Google might go with someone else for the Nexus 6.

    • Alex Boro

      Doesn’t make sense. Nexus 5 is basically a LG G2 with a worse camera and speaker.

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        Smaller battery also

      • JoeN

        And the N5 isn’t on verizon

      • I’m more interested in an LG G2 GPE so I can port the GPE over to my Verizon G2, and have it fully functional! I like CM11 and all, but it’s full of bugs.

        • Alex Boro

          I’m sure there is other stable AOSP roms for the G2.

  • DC_Guy

    Ok this is kinda awesome. T-Mo is looking really good right about now.

  • Cael

    Sony, LG, Samsung, and HTC…now just missing that Motorola…

    • subiedude85

      The Moto X is so close to a Google Edition it counts in my book and they may be avoiding that branding on purpose.

      • Cael

        Who said it had to be the Moto X?

        • subiedude85

          Quite true, guess that’s just the first thing that comes to mind.

        • It’s there flagship at the moment and it essentially runs stock android…

          • Cael

            The Xperia Z1 is Sony’s flagship at the moment…yet we got the Z Ultra. Motorola can still come out with a device that can be put in the Play Store.

          • THE G! lol

          • Daniel

            Imagine the moto maxx with 48hr battery on stock 4.4 (based off the droid maxx)

  • HotRodJohnson

    Google Play Edition is the new Nexus Program!

    • anezarati

      Only thing different is the price, which is a pretty big difference.

      • Tony Byatt

        Definitely…$300 to be exact…

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          For good reasons.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            What good reasons?

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Build quality, features, so on. Id pay extra for a bigger screen, waterproof,SD slot, so on

          • Tony Byatt

            For an additional $300?


          • Tony Byatt

            Yeah, what reasons?

            Additional $300 for a bigger battery, larger screen, microSD support?

            No thanks…

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            That stuff means alot to people.

          • Tony Byatt

            An extremely small number of people…

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Lol, whatever floats your boat.

          • Blue Sun

            No thanks & no flash…

      • Drome

        not true, the GPE phones run a hybrid version of the phones OEM firmware and AOSP. They also do not release the source code so the dev community is much stronger on the nexus line.

    • HotRodJohnson

      The GPE prices are the same that you would pay for the hardware anyway. Yes there is difference between the Nexus prices and the GPE prices, but some people that want the cutting edge hardware (which the manufacturers will always update before Google) parred with the cleanest implementation of the Android OS, this is great alternative.

      Me personally, I prefer the Nexus, but there is nothing wrong with choices. Just because the OSes are the same doesn’t mean the prices have to be that same.

  • Tony Byatt

    Google. On. Fire…

  • ClarkDV

    I can’t believe I came across all of this on my own as it was unveiled. Crazy timing to look at the play store lol

  • Tom Luley