- Massive Sony Xperia Z Ultra is ready to crush the Galaxy Note
At 6.4 inches, you might think that the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is more tablet than phone. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter. This beast of a device is big, bad, and eats puny phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note for breakfast.In its YouTube trailer, Sony does make a point to brag about the 6.4-inch full HD display being the largest you can get in a smartphone, so that tells you where they’d like to think the Xperia Z Ultra fits in their product pipeline. Really, the market is so saturated with 5-inch-plus devices now that it really doesn’t matter what you call them. They’re selling like hotcakes, and that’s what matters.The Xperia Z Ultra is notable for more than just its massive Bravia display, of course. It’s packing a Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz — the same chip used in the Korean variant of the Galaxy S4. It’s also got 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and micro SD expansion, an 8-megapixel rear facing camera, and runs Android 4.2.There’s no flash to go with that camera, however, and the 3000mAh battery pack — massive as it seems — may still be a bit on the small size for such a gargantuan phone. The Nexus 7, which might be a better comparison than a lot of phones, ships with a 4325mAh battery.Sony’s reasoning behind those two choices: keep it thin. As big as the Xperia Z Ultra is, it’s slimmer than the iPhone 5. It’s just 6.5mm thick. It does weigh 212 grams, which is understandable. There’s a whole lotta glass covering the big Bravia panel.What else sets the Xperia Z Ultra apart from the competition? It’s dustproof and waterproof like its “diminutive” cousin the Xperia Z, and it doesn’t need a fancy capacitive stylus to recognize your handwriting like the Galaxy Note.No, you can apparently write on the Ultra with just about anything. In Sony’s video spot you can see two hikers using a run-of-the-mill pencil to trace their course on its screen.And because the Xperia Z Ultra is so big, Sony figures you may not want to pull it out of your (giant) pocket, purse, messenger bag, or briefcase just to answer a call or skip a track on your playlist. That’s where the SBH52 handset comes in. It’s about the size of an iPod nano, and it features Bluetooth and NFC for easy pairing.Sony has yet to announce pricing for either the Xperia Z Ultra or the SBH52, but you can bet they’ll command a premium. These are the kind of slick, lustworthy devices Sony used to produce back in its hayday — not the ho-hum products of its Ericsson tie-up.