Sony Xperia Z Ultra official specs, features, and availability

by: Bogdan PetrovanJune 25, 2013

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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is official. The long rumored device previously known as Togari and Xperia ZU has been formally unveiled at a Sony event at Mobile Expo Asia 2013 in Shanghai.

Long story short, all the leaks we’ve heard were spot on. We’re talking about a massive 6.4-inch Full HD LCD display that employs Sony’s Triluminous  technology, which promises to improve color gamut for more vivid images, along with the X-Reality Engine, which enables sharper video.

Users will be able to use any common graphite pencil, metal pen, or capacitive stylus to jolt notes or write on the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. We don’t know yet if the device will be bundled with a stylus.

The two million pixels of the display are pushed by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest system-on-a-chip, the Snapdragon 800. Coupling a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.2GHz with a speedy new Adreno 330 GPU, Snapdragon 800 has been shattering benchmark records and promises to deliver a noticeable improvement in real life performance. The Z Ultra comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, with the possibility of expansion using the microSD card.

The Xperia Z Ultra draws its juice from a 3,000 mAh battery, which may sound impressive, until you consider that the smaller Galaxy Note 2 features a 3,100 unit, while the newly announced HTC Butterfly s comes with a 3,200 mAh battery. So, why hasn’t Sony put a larger battery on the Xperia Z Ultra? To keep dimensions in check. The device is stupendously thin – 6.5 millimeters, or just 0.34 millimeters thicker than the current record holder, the Ascend P6 from Huawei. For a 6.4-inch device, the Z Ultra is also reasonably lightweight – 212 grams, and, no doubt, a bigger battery would have greatly increased the phone’s weight. For comparison, the 7-inch Nexus 7 weighs 340 grams.

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra comes with an 8MP rear camera fitted with an Exmor RS sensor, capable of HDR video, and a 2MP front camera.

In terms of design, Sony used the same principles that made the Xperia Z and the Xperia Tablet Z popular. Just like its smaller namesake, the Xperia Z Ultra features a glass back with a metal frame, accentuated by silver elements, like the now iconic power button. The Xperia Z Ultra is waterproof and dustproof, and is rated IP55 and IP58 on the Ingress Protection scale. Three color options will be made available: white, black, and purple.

The LTE capable Sony Xperia Z Ultra will run Android 4.2 out of the box, with Sony’s small apps, and other additions and customizations on top.

Sony hasn’t revealed the price or availability of the device, besides stating that the Xperia Z Ultra will become available in the third quarter of the year, which could mean as little as a week, or as long as three months.

Show Press Release

The new Xperia™ Z Ultra: The world’s slimmest and largest Full HD smartphone display

6.4″ Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile powered by X-Reality™ for mobile engine for the ultimate big screen entertainment experience

Ultra slim, waterproof** and dust-resistant (IP55/IP58) durable design

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPUs and 4G LTE for fast performance

Write and sketch with any pencil and selected stylus or pen  Full accessory ecosystem for premium entertainment and one-touch connectivity

Battery STAMINA Mode for outstanding battery life

25th June 2013, Mobile Asia Expo, Shanghai – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces the next revolution in premium large-screen Android smartphone entertainment. The new Xperia Z Ultra is waterproof**, ultra-slim with a lightweight design so you can enjoy it anytime, anywhere. It’s the first smartphone ever to incorporate a Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile powered by Sony’s latest X-Reality™ for mobile picture engine to deliver the most immersive viewing experience imaginable. Additionally, the Xperia Z Ultra will also feature the fully integrated Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPUs, 4GLTE and HD voice to provide a seamless connected entertainment experience, industry-leading battery performance and amazing speed.

“The Xperia Z Ultra is the most exciting revolution in large-screen smartphone entertainment devices with both the slimmest and largest Full HD smartphone display* in the world that is second to none.” said Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications. “We’re already bringing the best of Sony technology and design across a range of premium smartphones and tablets, and now we are bringing this same premium offering to the large-screen smartphone segment, setting a new standard for others to follow.” The world’s largest Full HD smartphone display* Xperia Z Ultra features a 6.4″ touchscreen Full HD display with Sony’s unique TRILUMINOS® Display for mobile, creating a wider palette of rich natural colours thanks to Sony’s BRAVIA TV expertise. The breakthrough technology includes X-Reality™ for mobile – Sony’s intelligent super resolution display technology which analyzes each image and reproduces lacking pixels to optimize quality for the sharpest videos. It analyses elements depending on the scene and adjusts them based on pattern, outline and colour composition. It also strengthens subtle patterns and accurately portrays their detailed feel, as well as reinforcing bold outlines. The large Full HD display has been optimised to experience at least 60%*** more of the screen than most other smartphones.

The world’s slimmest Full HD smartphone*

Xperia Z Ultra is supremely slim and lightweight with a beautifully crafted 6.5mm body and weighing just 212 grams for ultimate portability. Sony craftsmanship in design and attention to detail comes to the fore with clean lines and premium materials – the front and back are made of tempered glass, creating a seamless surface with the OptiContrast™ panel housed in an innovative solid metal frame which looks stunning from any angle. It features the same acclaimed OmniBalance design as Xperia Z and Tablet Z. The Xperia Z Ultra is available in a choice of black, white or purple colour finishes.

The only waterproof Full HD smartphone**

Xperia Z Ultra is both elegant and durable. With an impressive rating of IP55 and IP58, this smartphone isn’t only resistant to dust, but is waterproof** too – giving you the freedom to enjoy it anywhere. You can even film in Full HD underwater, taking your large-screen smartphone experience to a new level. The camera features “Exmor RS for mobile”, HDR for both photos and film, and Superior Auto mode automatically activates HDR and noise reduction when needed, so you’ll get stunning imagery even in challenging light conditions.Ultimate entertainment experience The Xperia Z Ultra is uniquely positioned to offer the ultimate big screen phone entertainment experience for watching movies, playing games, reading books and browsing the web.

Sony’s “WALKMAN”, Album and Movies media applications enable discovery of online and offline content through a single access point with new ways to enjoy and share that content.

The “WALKMAN” application leverages Sony’s audio engine and Facebook integration for sharing and discovering new music and is unique in that it provides seamlessly integrated access to all your downloaded music as well as access to a global library of over 20 million songs from Sony’s cloud-based subscription music service, Music Unlimited.

The Movies application brings new intuitive ways to discover, manage and play movie content, together with easy access to an extensive library of blockbuster movies and the latest TV episodes from the Video Unlimited2 service.

The Album application provides seamless integration with the PlayMemories Online2 service, letting you access all your photos and albums from within the Album app instantly and easily, wherever you are. You can even set an automatic upload of your photos to the PlayMemories Online service to access and enjoy from any your favourite Sony devices.

The Sony Reader app2 provides seamless Reader store2 access so you can download and enjoy the latest bestsellers – it even lets you sync purchased books in popular formats and continue reading from same page.

Xperia Z Ultra will include an exclusive free entertainment content offer, including a free trial of the Music Unlimited2 service (subject to availability).

Ultimate performance with the world’s fastest smartphone processor****The Xperia Z Ultra features the world’s fastest smartphone processor**** – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with HD voice, that together with Sony´s audio Sony’s ClearAudio+ mode and Xloud loudness enhancement, delivers not just exceptional speed and performance, but also unsurpassed voice and audio quality.

Battery STAMINA Mode significantly improves the standby time of your smartphone by four times or more1

as it recognises when you’re not using your display and automatically turns off the functions you don’t need, while keeping the notifications you want. As soon as you press the power button to wake up your screen, everything is up and running again.

Built for business

The Xperia Z Ultra is the ideal business partner thanks to the super responsive screen with handwriting recognition which is compatible with any pencil and selected stylus or pen (capacitive stylus or metal pen with tip diameter over 1mm). You can even write notes or sketches during calls so you’ll always be ready capture your ideas as they happen. The easy-toggle keyboard makes it ideal for one-handed input and multi-tasking, with small apps to help you improve productivity so you don’t lose time browsing between windows.

The robust security architecture safeguards both your corporate and personal data, with support for multiple accounts that are quick and simple to set up.

Further business oriented applications will be made available in future as software updates, ensuring you get the best smartphone experience – whether for work or play.

Ultra connectivity

With one-touch functions you can instantly and easily share music, photos and videos from your smartphone to a wide range of NFC-enabled Sony devices, including speakers, SmartWatch, wireless headsets and TVs. There are several new and innovative accessories joining the range of popular connected devices.

The SBH52 is a dynamic Smart Bluetooth™ Handset that provides easy hands-free call handling with a single press, while leaving your smartphone conveniently in your bag. The OLED display conveniently lets you browse your call log, view text messages, and see who’s calling you. Use it as a quality stereo music headset to listen to your tracks or to the built-in standalone FM radio with RDS.

Pairing and connecting is done simply by touching it to your Xperia Z Ultra or other NFC-enabled device. And it’s sleek, minimal design is splash-proof, meaning you can now use it anywhere, in any weather.

The latest generation of SmartWatch, the SmartWatch 2 SW2, helps you keep track of everything without taking your smartphone out of your pocket or bag. The SmartWatch 2 is a truly multifunctional digital watch and phone remote that lets you receive notifications, control your music, and connect with one-touch NFC to your Bluetooth™ headset for easy call handling. The water-resistant design makes it more versatile to use than ever and can be personalised with any standard watch strap. Use it as a standalone watch or with your smartphone. There are over 200 apps available for our first generation and with an open API we expect new applications will be developed quickly and easily for SmartWatch 2.

The Magnetic Charging Dock DK30 has an innovative magnetic pin that lets you to place your Xperia Z Ultra snugly in the dock using one hand, either with or without the phone cover on. While your phone is charging, it stands at a comfortable viewing angle easily allowing you to keep watching your favourite movies even while charging.

Xperia Z Ultra features

6.4″ Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile powered by X-Reality™ for mobile engine for the ultimate viewing experience  Ultra slim, waterproof** and dust resistant (IP55/IP58) durable design  Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPUs and 4G LTE for fast performance

Write and sketch with any pencil and selected stylus or pen (capacitive stylus or metal pen with tip diameter over 1mm)  8 megapixel camera with “Exmor RS for mobile” sensor and HDR for videos and photos

Full accessory ecosystem for premium entertainment and connectivity  Battery STAMINA Mode for outstanding battery lifeThe Xperia Z Ultra will launch globally from Q3 2013 (exact timing of availability will vary by market).

  • King-Podigy-X

    BOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! No Sony Xperia i1

  • Chirabrata Bhattarjee

    need big pocket pants from sony too

    • weed

      Most of us have dicks longer than this, and far thicker. Then we can imagine what your problem is.

      • kook

        24 hour boner in your pockets?

    • steve jobs

      the phone comes with a free Z pants.

  • yoyo

    Looks solid

  • Amine Elouakil

    Sony considering this as a smartphone!? …… (“biggest full HD smartphone display”) are they serious ? looks nice for a tablet that is, a beast in terms of specs, but hmmm size wise I don’t know, I’ll try one when it comes out in a nearby shop

  • jumbo3220

    no LED flash :/ and battery capacity should have been better. hope the screen is an IPS panel as rumors said. anyways cool start to new screen tech

    • mobilemann

      triluminos looks awesome, seems like it’s more like extending the wheel, rather than rebuilding it alla amoled.

      i wonder if it’s the reason for those bezels.

      • Gilles LeBlanc

        Software optmization with any current LCD tech is inovation. I use the bravia engine on my note 2 its awesome.

      • jumbo3220

        yeah mate..take this viewing angles comparison for example.

      • jumbo3220


        • mobilemann

          yeah man, that difference is massive, so much prefer the bezel of the one on the right tho

          • Gilles LeBlanc

            Just like the note 2 pictures prior to launch no doubt this will look different in your hand. :-)

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Is everyone complaining cause they cant have one I dont get it. Its perfect tech package for christ sakes. You complaing loosers can have ur note 3’s im buying this lol.

      • Harjifangki

        Nobody gives a damn about what you gonna buy.

        • inspire

          but you give a damn for prejudice blabbering, without reviews / using the product? (poor battery / TFT screen)?

      • jumbo3220

        :| i’m not idea is if it’s bit more thicker, around 7mm then we could have a better battery capacity,,all know most people want more battery life, not more thinner devices. majority is there and i’m not buying any sammy phone >D

        • Gilles LeBlanc

          Haha nah nothin on you :-) it was a comment based in the general feeling people have here which I didnt understand. This thing to me looks perfect, I would absolutly compromise width for battery on a device this big. All arround I think once the wolfs buy the sheep will follow withought complaints ;-)

          • Fred

            Yet you mentioned the note 3, errrr…underdog mentality much?

      • jumbo3220

        :| i’m not idea is if it’s bit more thicker, around 7mm then we could have a better battery capacity,,all know most people want more battery life, not more thinner devices. majority is there and i’m not buying any sammy phone >D

  • Zeke

    Good job for Sony! But considering the battery life is just 3000 mah battery.

  • Jaun Lombard

    With a Note competitor we need to talk about software! Great that you can use the pen or something as a stylus but does it have pressure sensors and dedicated app for use as a note taker? Not a good launch!

  • gooma

    Big Nooo to Sharp corners ,thick bezels.

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Big no to glass and aluminum eh? Enjoy your note 3

      • joajok123

        Trololol these BLIND Pony fanboys :))) yeah I will enjoy note 3 because it’s much better than whatever Pony. Pony doesn’t deserve phone market :)) fanboys, and yeah I know you gonna rage but whatever ponyfanboy ;D

        • arcwindz

          “Pony” lol, is that supposed to be an insult or a joke, i ended up laughing at it.

      • Guest

        look at those thick bezels, who wants this bullshit…

      • Fred

        You have an obsession mentioning Samsung, the underdog mentality continues again. Just like how everyone rages when Apple introduces something, but the reality is the top dog still makes the better product whereas the underdog needs to show off everything to become the too dog. Trust me, Sony will become the top dog and be loathed as much as, if not more then Apple and Samsung will in the phone world. Then every Lenovo/Huawei and LG fanboy will start berating Sony and bring them up in non related discussions just for the sake of trolling, it’s a viscous cycle that fanboys of lesser brands always develop.

      • gooma

        Note 3 is out of the pictures too.Wating tor HTC one Max or whatever they call
        it.Sony did an amazing job with ultra but it’s not a complete package.

  • Scott Niemczyk

    Oh please let this lovely phone come to Verizon. I’d get it in a heartbeat

    • If Sony does like it did with the Xperia Z, don’t expect it anytime soon.

    • People who want something like this need to get off of Verizon. Verizon takes forever to get most phones and doesn’t get buttloads of others. Get on T-Mobile or ATT and import something nice.

      • Scott Niemczyk

        I would leave verizon for t-mobile but I’m grandfathered in to unlimited data and with the amount of lines I have it would be more money on another carrier.

  • SeraZR™

    3000mAH….interesting ….. :P :P

    • Guest

      it’s very small… look at note 2 or huawei ascend mate lol

      • Guest

        I mean it’s a very small battery for that size

  • Sudeepto Dutta

    Introducing the world’s smallest tablet .. Oh yeah ,slim , sexy ,great display.. . perfect for one handed operations ..

    Great job Sony :)

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Since when have you used ur phone for just making calls ;-)

  • Amine Elouakil

    Pants Z (TM) with Ultra sized pockets are optional

  • Peeyush Malik

    The phone is good but is it even pocketable?
    So can we really call it a phablet

    • brenda.

      I don’t care what the world say, I just go with fashion. I will buy it and test the difference to my current note 1 which is lovely too. its some times good to have a change en see the difference.

  • G Mohal

    No led flash, only 16gb, only 3000mah battery. I will stick to my note 2 for now and will w8 for note 3 to see what it offers.

  • G Mohal

    No led flash, only 16gb, only 3000mah battery. I will stick to my note 2 for now and will w8 for note 3 to see what it offers.

  • Luka Mlinar

    This is not a phone. It’s a tablet you can make calls with.

  • Have we seen any benchmarks which show that the S800 is actually better on battery than its predeseccors? Maybe it just doesn’t need a larger battery? But who knows really.

  • joajok123

    Oh my god, THICK BEZELS! WTF Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is a lot smaller than this Pony Bullshitteria Z Noob. I hate Sony lol :DDD

  • Remigiusz Nowak

    I want it! The only thing it needs is pure vanilla Android!

  • Well, this phone is gonna be fantastic. But I’m sure Samsung already has an ‘answer’ to it in the pipeline. Competition is gonna bring real advantage for those who can wait. Samsung flopped, I think with it’s mega series and will have learned a painful lesson about flooding the market. I can’t blame them though for trying to flush out the Apple! LOL. I’m saying that Samsung’s response is to this Xperia Z Ultra is gonna kill off a whole lotta competition.

  • sarz

    Love this phone, and the promotion video! Better sell it unlock and not through carriers!!

  • Fred Chiang

    WHY NO FLASH?????? WHYYYYYYYYY?!?!??!?!??!?!??!?!?!

  • raj

    SONY launcher is the lightest among it all… anyday i would prefer the Google launcher…. But comparing Samsung’s TouchWiz, LG and HTC Sense, SONY is definitely better

    Light launcher with minimal gimmicks

    • raj

      You know what, you can call me a SONY fan…
      My first mobile was a T610, which was one of the first with a good display and camera
      Then came along the K500, with its amazing sound quality
      Then K750i, with its Cybershot camera and LED Flash
      W800 followed suite, with its WALKMAN application
      Post this, came the S500, with its amazing colour accents
      Then it was K850’s turn. It had a 5 MP camera and LED flash

      I loved all these feature phone……

      Then came the Android Xperia X10, which was an amazing phone, considering it had a 4″ screen and 8 MP camera with HD recording. I simply loved this phone.
      Now, i rock an Xperia Z Ultra and there is no looking back

      SONY….. Yeah baby yeah !!!