Sony Xperia Z Ultra Wi-fi only variant announced in Japan, comes with a hefty price

by: Adam KoueiderJanuary 22, 2014

sony xperia z ultra aa design in hand

A Wi-Fi only Xperia Z Ultra has been hinted at previously and now it’s official, albeit a little pricey. The Xperia Z Ultra’s hulking 6.4-inch IPS Full HD display is close enough to the Nexus 7’s 7-inch display, and Sony has decided to pull out the cellular radios from the Z Ultra and create a tablet version of the device which is to be sold in Japan.

While the cellular radios may have been dropped, the Z Ultra (Wi-Fi only) certainly doesn’t drop its hefty price tag, it’s going to be sold for 52,000 yen ($497 USD). That puts it above even the iPad Mini in pricing, however, there’s a possibility it could be sold internationally — if it ever gets released internationally — for less.

The Nexus 7 (2013) hits a $230 price point, but it certainly isn’t without compromise. With a weaker processor, lack of a micro-SD slot and a less premium design, the Nexus 7 probably isn’t a fair comparison to the Xperia Z Ultra. The Wi-Fi variant of the Xperia Z Ultra will retain the 1080P 6.4-inch display, 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 and 8MP rear camera as well as the IPX58 certification meaning it doesn’t shirk away from water and dust.

But is a premium build, faster processor and micro-SD card slot (among other things) worth the extra money? We’ll let you decide.

  • MasterMuffin

    Headline: Wi-fI? :P Why would anyone buy this

    • Jaun Lombard

      SONY just confirmed that by making it wifi only that its a tablet and not a phone!

      • MasterMuffin

        I was thinking the same :D

    • Adam Koueider

      Sorry about that, Fixed! Thanks for the catch!
      I honestly have no idea. $400 would be a more respectable price point (even then it’s still a little — or a lot — over priced), but remember that’s the Japan price, could be cheaper in other markets.

    • Mike Reid

      Article says “to be sold in Japan.”

      So it’s for Japanese with 52,000 Yen to burn.

      Japanese love to buy Japanese tech, and there’s nothing more Japanese to them than Sony.

      • Primalxconvoy

        And in Japan, where consumer rights are relatively unheard of, companies like Sony still lurk… and wonder why everyone is buying ipads…

  • Jack Parker

    I have the z ultra 4g and got it for £313

    If they made it bigger then it would sell

  • Brandon James Starcevic

    I would pay a solid $299. No more.

  • Jayfeather787

    497 dollars? For a 6.4 inch tablet. Hell no! Nexus 7 may not have the processor this one has, but is still a great tablet, and I would recommend the Nexus 7 over this any day.

  • Joshua

    this thing is really usefull as a portable gaming device..
    that’s all i guess..=D
    better get the 3G ones..

  • Bert98