6.4-inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra announced, powered by a Snapdragon 800 chip

Xperia Z UltraAt a press conference held in Shanghai yesterday, Sony announced its first tablet/smartphone hybrid, the Xperia Z Ultra. While its 5-inch Xperia Z would have been classed as a smartphone/tablet hybrid last year, this year it’s normal for a top-end Android device; so just how big is the screen on the Z Ultra?

It’s a huge 6.4-inches, which makes it bigger than even the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate, and almost dwarfs the Galaxy Note 2. Sony says the screen is the largest 1080p resolution smartphone display on the market, and that the Z Ultra is the slimmest device out there holding one. It measures just 6,5m thick, and still manages to squeeze in the trademark Sony on/off button on the side.

The excellent spec isn’t complete yet either, as the Xperia Z Ultra is powered by the new Snapdragon 800 processor, which has a clock speed of 2.2GHz. There’s 2GB of RAM, plus 16GB of storage space, and a microSD card slot to give it a boost. It’ll also connect to a 4G LTE network, so there’s a good chance we’ll see it on one of the new UK 4G networks later this year.

Like Sony’s Xperia Z, the Z Ultra is waterproof and dust resistant, plus it has an 8-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 2-megapixel camera above the screen. Other features include NFC connectivity, GPS, DLNA, an FM radio and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Sony hasn’t provided an exact release date for the Xperia Z Ultra, or a price, but it will be available globally after the summer.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars