The Xperia Z Ultra, which Sony announced from Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai today, packs a 6.4-inch screen with 1080p resolution, wobbling on the line between smartphone and tablet. “Large” may be an understatement when describing the device, but Sony has managed to keep it slim. It weighs 212 grams, 50 grams more than the Xperia Z, but stays thin with a 6.5mm thickness.
The high resolution screen features Sony’s Triluminous technology — which the company claims offers a wider range of colors that appear richer — and Sony’s X-Reality technology, which increases sharpness in picture reproduction. The smartphone includes an 8 megapixel Exmor RS sensor rear-facing camera, flash not included, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The device is also waterproof and dust resistant, IP55 and IP58 certified respectively.
A Qualcomm 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor is tasked with running the device, which also comes with 16GB of internal storage, 11GB of which is available out of the box. Users can upgrade to 64GB of storage via a microSD slot. To power the high-end specs, Sony threw in a 3,000mAh battery.
The device supports 4G LTE connectivity and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will come equipped with Sony’s slate of pre-loaded apps. The device also features support for handwriting recognition and works with any graphite pencil, capacitive stylus, or metal pen with a tip diameter of 1mm or more.
Sony will launch the Xperia Z Ultra globally starting in Q3 2013, while the exact timing will vary by market. Pricing information is not available at the time of this writing.