December 10, 2013
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xperia z ultra google play edition  (2)

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).

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
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