By November 26, 2013

Sony Xperia Z Ultra unboxing and hands-on

sony-xperia-z-ultra-1Hot on the heels of our Sony Xperia Z1 review we have its big brother, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

With its 6.4″ screen, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the largest of the ‘Phablet’ form devices to hit the market and just tops Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 6.3.

However, unlike many of the other phablet devices on the market, the Z Ultra follows other devices in the range and is IP58 rated making it both dust and waterproof and able to submerge in water to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Making it possibly an ideal device for using in or around the pool when you’re on your holidays.

At just 6.5mm thick, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra packs quite a lot in to its slim chassis. Inside we get a 2.2GHz Quad-core CPU, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, 8MP camera and all of the usual bells and whistles in terms of GPS, WiFi, etc.

As always, we’re kicking off with an unboxing and hands on video. Here you’ll see the hardware in more detail and I’ll show you what the OS/UI is like before running that ever controversial benchmark test.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra specification

  • 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions
  • 3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – all versions
  • 4G Network: LTE 700 / 850 / 900/ 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 – C6806
  • LTE: 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 – C6833
  • Micro-SIM
  • Dimensions: 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm (7.06 x 3.63 x 0.26 in)
  • Weight 212 g (7.48 oz)
  • IP58 certified – dust and water proof
  • Water resistant up to 1 meter for 30 minutes
  • Display: Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 6.4 inches (~344 ppi pixel density)
  • Triluminos display
  • X-Reality Engine
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Memory Card: microSD, up to 64 GB
  • Internal memory: 16 GB
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP
  • NFC
  • microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
  • Primary Camera: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, sweep panorama
  • Secondary Camera: 2 MP, [email protected]
  • OS: Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.4 (KitKat)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8274 or MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
  • CPU: Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • GPS¬† with A-GPS support and GLONASS
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery

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