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If you haven’t heard yet, Sony is rumored to be gearing up its own competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and it’s rumored to be called the Sony Xperia ZU (previously known as the Togari). The letter “U” stands for Ultra and if we take a look at the rumored specifications, we begin to understand why, because this phone looks like it will be a hardcore spec machine.

Rumor has it that the Xperia Z Ultra will be the first Sony smartphone to come with the new Triluminos technology, which is said to create a much brighter display. The 6.4-inch Full HD display will also come with X-Reality technology for mobile. This is a newer version of the Bravia engine, a successor to the Bravia 3 engine, and also bests the Xperia Z’s Bravia 2 based display.

The groundbreaking screen technology doesn’t stop there, as rumor has it that the Xperia ZU will also have a new type of touchscreen sensor, allowing the smartphone to detect input from a finger, stylus, pencil, even from a paintbrush.

Neonode's MultiSensing technology can detect input from fingers, pens, pencils, even a paintbrush.

The company rumored to be behind this technology is Neonode, a Swedish firm who Sony has already worked with before for its e-Readers. The technology behind Neonode’s MultiSensing technology is an optical infrared light that allows the screen to detect input from any object. Neonode signed agreements with manufacturers earlier this year to bring its technology to the Android smartphone and tablet market.

A great screen isn’t the only weapon in the Xperia ZU’s arsenal, it’s also rumored to house a quad-core Snapdragon 800, clocked at a cool 2.2GHz and an 8MP Exmor RS back facing camera with a 2.2MP front facing camera. These incredible specs will all be wrapped up in a slim 179.2 x 92 x 6.5mm package, and will be backed by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Following the whole Xperia Z line ethos, the Xperia ZU is also said to be water and dust resistant and will tip the scales at 212g. Remember guys this is a rumor and no matter how much we’d like it to be true, we’ll have to take this with a grain of salt.

If these specs don’t make you salivate we’re not sure what will, but one thing’s for sure, Sony is definitely taking the smartphone market seriously this year. Let’s just hope it can get the Xperia ZU onto the U.S. carriers in an orderly fashion.

Is the Xperia Z Ultra the beast that you’ve been waiting for? Does it have enough clout to knock off the king of large smartphones, the Galaxy Note 2?