Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition available in the Play Store for $649

December 10, 2013

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    It’s technically a phone, but it’s big enough to use as a tablet. And now it comes with pure Android: the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition is official.

    While in the case of the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe, we had various leaks and rumors ahead of its official announcement, with the Sony Z Ultra GPe, the surprise is pretty much complete.

    The 6.4-inch device features a stunning IPS LCD display of Full HD resolution, packing Sony’s Triluminos technology for deeper blacks and vivid colors and the X-Reality Engine for smoother media playback. You also get a mighty Snapdragon 800 processor pairing four Krait 400 cores running at 2.3 GHz with an Adreno 330 processor. Two gigs of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable), a 3,000 mAh battery, and an 8MP camera with an Exmor RS sensor at its heart complete the picture of a powerful phone-hybrid tablet.

    Lovers of fine design will appreciate the minimalist lines of the slate-like Z Ultra. The device is just 6.5 millimeters thick, and tips the scale at 212 grams, which is pretty good for a device of this size.

    As any Google Play edition device, the Z Ultra comes with the latest version of Android (4.4.2 presumably) and a joint guarantee from Google and Sony that you will receive timely updates when new versions come out.

    The Sony Z Ultra GPe is currently only available in the United States Play Store, with no word on other locales. The device costs a stingy $649, but we guess that’s the price to pay for a piece of Sony-made greatness. Google is offering free ground shipping for the device for a limited time, with shipments set your way within 1-2 days.

    If the Z Ultra GPe doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can choose from two other Google Play edition smartphones (HTC One and Galaxy S4) and a tablet (LG G Pad 8.3).


    • Cl3v3rNaMe

      i want z1 & g2 play editions :(

    • MasterMuffin

      If only this was internationally available, I’d maybe buy this over Nexus 5

      • Sony+Android

        You’re long waiting is came true fella :D

        • MasterMuffin

          And now Nokia is going to make an Android phone! ♪It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas♪ :)

          • MadCowOnAStick

            Maybe Nokia won’t die now lol


      $649 sheesh.

      • NeedName

        yeah, I can find a Z Ultra for about $500 right now. . . and you know that $650 price isn’t going to change.

        • TONY ALDO

          Phone makers are making a hefty penny on these phones.

      • Tuấn Ankh

        I checked Amazon and Ebay right after I read this news. The Z Ultra is available for only $510 including shipping, or $530 for the purple one (whichcolor I love), both having all the 3g 4g bands this GPE version has.
        I would rather buy one of those xD

    • raj

      they have given up the XPERIA Brand name :( :( :(

      In the Google Play page, it is mentioned as: “Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition”

      Moreover, the XPERIA Brand name is not present on the backside of the mobile.
      The XPERIA brand name is supposed to appear on the lower backside :( :( :(

      • meh

        It is probably because it is a GPE device, therefore not having any of the xperia UI from sony.

        • raj

          Even I wanted to think that way, but Samsung S4 was still Galaxy S4

    • Zodiak

      Guys take a look at the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition review right here –

    • Luka Đurđević

      What is the name of the game on the 1st picture?