Sony Unveils the 'Xperia Z Ultra' Phablet; 6.44" Display, Snapdragon 800 & More

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    For months now we have heard rumors about Sony's new entry into the "phablet" market. The original rumors dubbed it the Xperia ZU. In the end, that name was close. It is called the Xperia Z Ultra and that name sees to fit both its specs and its size. The display measures out to a whopping 6.44 inches, and the processor inside is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 running at 2.2GHz. Here's a spec breakdown:
    • 6.44 inch 1080p Display with Triluminos and X-Reality Engine
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
    • Android 4.2.2
    • 4G LTE radio (with HD voice capabilities)
    • 2GB of RAM
    • 3,000mAh battery
    • 16GB of on-board storage
    • A microSD slot
    • IP58-certified (water resistant)
    As you can see, it has some intriguing new buzzwords attached to it. Below we have included a link to some cool videos showcasing the new superphone from Sony:

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/dr...peria-z-ultra-phablet-videos.html#post2441688

    Here's the full press release below explaining things further,

    Source: Sony
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    Wow, thats a hell of a phone right there.
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    It's got a nice, large battery, and an SD slot.

    Me likee. It's not going to tempt me away from the Galaxy Note line however, not as long as the Notes have a stylus and the rest don't.
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    Really, that is NOT a phone, but a Tablet with phone capabilities, seriously, how many of these do you think they will sell, not many, looks like some companies are going to extremes to get some attention. WOW just WOW:icon_eek:

    By the way, I pre-ordered a dozen:icon_ devil:
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    It definitely has some nice features but hopefully we will see some awesome things in the Note 3 as well ;)...
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    I want one of these. I've been debating if i should replace my tablet or my phone first, so why kill 2 stones with one bird? but let's be serious, this will never come to big red.
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    Can you imagine if a "mini" with all these specs was to be released after? I'd jump on that so fast! this one is just a little too big for my taste but man this is literally the first phone to have just about everything i want spec wise! especially the waterproof IP ratings! I was hoping hoping the Xperia Z (not this ultra) would land on verizon but it didnt :/
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    Yeah, I'm leaning towards a tablet or mini for reading books. Not sure even a 5" phone screen would cut it, but I'm also not a fan of larger "phablets" that would be unwieldy for putting in the pocket or even taking calls. I think I'm looking for a 7", probably 8" mini. The larger tablets aren't particularly comfortable to hold for long periods for reading.
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    I have a feeling this will land on Verizon because of the 4G LTE. It also doesn't state its other radio compatibilities
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    I can not get pass the thought of forgetting the ear piece and walking around holding a "book" to my head.

    Beamed from my Droid RAZR MAXX
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    Don't all the major US carriers have 4G LTE as well as many carriers in other countries? I know Korea has 4G LTE. I sincerely hope you're right, because I would Love to own this phone. I'm just trying to be realistic.
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    The phone is a little larger than my Kindle Paperwhite and it (the Paperwhite) fits fine in a dress coat chest pocket , cargo pants and khaki pants sized pockets without feeling heavy so I would think it's doable. I can't imagine making a phone call from my Kindle without an earpiece of some kind though. 4.3" of my Rezound is as big as I'm willing to have upside my head at this point. I just carry my Nexus7 sometimes and sync it to my phone for data, texts, calls, etc

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    I mean, this device is awesome. And I'd have no problem talking on BT (eventhough most of the time I use my phone normally). The problem would be wearing that headset around constantly, or having to have it close by.

    Tough trade-offs to make. The only solution is an expandable screen so we can have 4" when we want it to be a phone, and unfold/unroll to get 8"+ when we want a tablet.
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    They showed a picture with this somewhere where a woman is talking into a handset type bluetooth device. She was holding it rather than wearing it.

    EDIT: a quick google search revealed this: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sony...all-companion-SBH52-Bluetooth-Handset_id44473 Pretty neat stuff.
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    Definitely a different approach. But now it's like they've managed to make the smartphone basically useless (except for phone calls). And if you're relying on that handset, then why not just make a full-sized tablet, or at least something in the 7-8" range?

    I guess what it boils down to is either go with two devices, or get a good BT headset with a 7-8" mini. Maybe I'll put something like that on my unlimited data plan, and then buy a second phone with like 1gig data (and unlimited minutes!) for the basics.
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    For me I couldn't swing carrying a full size tablet, but I think i could manage something like this. although, I have yet to find the physical dimensions of this phone, just screen size and thickness.
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    I guess my feelings are if it's not really large enough to be ideal for extended reading and video, then it's probably too large and what's the point?

    I will probably stick with phones in the 4.3-5" range and tether a tablet. The Asus Padfone is probably the closest thing right now to getting it right. And it seems like that's what this is going for, with the exception that the handset is almost exclusively for calls and then you don't have the larger tablet - so kind of a mini Padfone, lol.
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