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

by: Bogdan PetrovanDecember 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?