Sony Xperia Z Ultra (Wi-Fi only) drivers, photos and manual appear before official launch

by: Adam KoueiderJanuary 21, 2014

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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra has often been criticized by reviewers for its gargantuan size and while others might claim that its this very feature which appeals to them most, there’s no doubting the Z Ultra is absolutely massive in size. So after receiving a Google Play Edition variant last year, Sony looks to be taking the Z Ultra and selling it as the smaller tablet in its lineup as a Wi-Fi only Xperia Z Ultra (model number: SGP412) looks to be on its way.

A Wi-Fi only variant of the Z Ultra popped up last year in the FCC, and now its page has been updated with pictures of the device as well as manuals. The Wi-Fi only Z Ultra will keep the 1080P, 6.4-inch IPS display and Snapdragon 800 chip, as well as being backed by 2 GB of RAM and a slightly smaller 3000mAh battery (the Cellular Data capable Xperia Z Ultra has a 3050mAh battery). The Wi-Fi Only Z Ultra also retains the waterproofing as the FCC pictures show the Z Ultra standing in a shallow pool of water.

Along with the updated FCC page, a driver page for the Wi-Fi only Xperia Z Ultra has also appeared on the Sony website leading us to believe that an official announcement won’t be too far away.

Holding a better hand in comparison with other small tablets when it comes to specs, the Z Ultra could prove to be a fairly decent choice, however, we’ll have to see how Sony prices the device. Fair warning though, Sony’s never been one to play the “race to the bottom” game so don’t expect Nexus 7-like pricing.

Would you purchase a Wi-Fi only Xperia Z Ultra?

  • Xperia

    I hope they make a z ultra 2 with added pencil functionality in the software. ALSO with no comppromises such no flash. I hope it can work as well as the note 3

    • Tjaldid

      yes THIS, I want something in the Z ultra size but Z ultra is the only on in that size (I don’t count the Galaxy Mega because of obvious reasons)

      • Xperia

        Hopefully sony gets it right with the z2 ultra.

  • Łukasz Sobala

    This is absolutely pointless.

    • Cal Rankin

      Why? On screen size alone this is big enough to be considered a tablet. It also has great internals and the screen resolution is great.
      Even though this is pretty large, it still is smaller than most 7-inch tablets. It’s also waterproof, which isn’t found often in a tablet.
      It’s also cheaper for Sony to get into the small tablet market by taking their existing giant phone and simply make a tablet out of it.

      • Łukasz Sobala

        1) phones are effectively “small tablets” nowadays
        2) if anyone fancies it, why not just get the cellular version?

        • Cal Rankin

          1) Some people would like a good device with a bigger screen without having to put a SIM card into it
          2) see above

          • Łukasz Sobala

            You don’t have to put SIM cards to phones for them to work. It’s been like this for, like… 10-15 years?

          • Cal Rankin

            why pay for something you won’t use? It’s been like this for, like… ever.

  • Cal Rankin

    I have a feeling that this isn’t going to be cheap.
    Unless the phone version is expensive because it’s a phone and thus they charge a lot, I’m guessing it’s going to sell upwards of $299.

    • Adam Koueider

      Definitely. My guess is around $400.