Although we were expecting to see the Sony’s phablet unit in July at the official event in Paris, the company (NYSE:SNE
) went all-out and unveiled it today. Due to all the leaks
thus far, it was hard to be surprised at any single feature of the smartphone. However, now that we’ve seen it in the video it is still surprisingly large. And surprisingly thin, too – but one shouldn't think for a second it will fit in anything but a bag:
Yes, dimensions on paper are one thing, visualization and feel something entirely different. Xperia Z Ultra carries over the established industrial design of the rest of the “Z” mobile devices (Xperia Z and Tablet) in a 6.5mm thin package. As it was suggested by the leaks, this phablet officially sports a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
SoC (MSM8974), paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. Sony even managed to stuff the 3000mAh battery inside, which should enable device some 7.5 hours of video playback, or up to 14 hours of talk time – but we’ll pass on judgment in our own test at some point in the future.
Additionally, in order to keep the battery optimized, Sony developed a special STAMINA mode that becomes more effective the more apps user uses. Both front and back of the device are made of tempered glass with a solid metal frame to keep things in place – and make the Xperia Z Ultra waterproof and dustproof (IP55/58). Device doesn’t have the highest-performing rear shooter, but it should generally perform well, given that it is Sony’s 8MP Exmor RS imaging unit.
Company seems to be very proud of their 6.4-inch 1080p screen, which embeds their TRILUMINOS technology. As we noted some time before, this display technology uses quantum dots – or rather, nanocrystals that emit light at specific wavelengths. Sony screens that use it generally have a fantastic color reproduction with high contrast and brightness levels:
Contrary to what the invitation for the event suggested, device doesn’t come with a stylus – but user can take any available pen (wider than 1 mm) and poke at the screen. Device should gradually become available on the market in three colors (white, black and purple), and wide(r) availability is expected around September. Pricing remains unknown. This is Sony’s largest phone device thus far, and it is an obvious attack on the superphone/phablet market king that is Samsung (~70% marketshare).
Sony’s second take on the SmartWatch is unveiled as well – and it is suggested as a perfect accessory for the Xperia Z Ultra (and Android phones in general). The gadget “expands Android experience” and features an aluminum shell with a 1.6-inch 220x176px touchscreen. Just like the rest of the recent Sony’s product line, it is dustproof and waterproof (IP57), but worth having in mind is that it is not suitable for showering, bathing, swimming etc. SmartWatch 2 also features NFC and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity:
As expected, it is possible to answer calls, read email, messages and use it to snap photos on Android devices. Integrated battery should last around four days with moderate use. SmartWatch 2 is not compatible with iOS, and general availability is also expected later this year.
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