Specs summary

Screen
6.44"

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra's screen is 6.44 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3050mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3050 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 840 minutes (2G), 960 minutes (3G), 323 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



If you like Android, big screens and mobile phones that are distinctly un-mobile, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a solid workhorse.

- Ben Griffin , Know Your Mobile 


Unless you are specifically looking for a hybrid device, the Z Ultra is simply too big to be comfortably used as a phone.

- Dhruv Bhutani , Fone Arena 

Reviews summary

7.6/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 24 reviews

What's good

  • Blazing performance
  • Pen and pencil compatibility
  • Ample battery life
  • Solid build quality

What's bad

  • No flash
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • Massive dimensions
  • Small viewing angles

As the lines between tablets and smartphones continue to blur, Sony is making an entry into the phablet market. With a 6.4-inch display, the Xperia Z Ultra is a mammoth phone. It features a Snapdragon 800 chipset at 2.2-GHz and expandable memory via microSD. Although Sony has attempted to minimize the heft of the device, it is not going to be fitting into your pocket any time soon. At only 6.5mm thick, the phone is quite comfortable to hold and use, though one-handed operation is probably out of the question for most users. TechRadar’s hands-on review states “It's a huge device, there's no doubt about that, but at 6.5mm thick it sits more comfortably in the hand than you might expect and the full HD screen really impresses too.”

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Fortunately, Sony has introduced a few features to help with that and compete with the other big names in the phablet market. Most notably, the screen will respond to input from any standard pen or pencil. This means no expensive stylus replacements and the ability to find an input that is comfortable for your hands. Engadget tried the Xperia Z Ultra and said “In practice, it worked well, with Sony's own windowed mini-apps ensuring we had space to scribble regardless of which app we were running.” Mini-windows, a handwriting keyboard and other specialized features provide clear benefit to the large display. For those on the go, the phone is rated IP58 water resistant as well.

There are a few downsides to the device. Most noticeable is the lack of camera features. The rear-facing camera is a paltry 8-megapixels and lacks any form of flash. The result is grainy pictures and extremely poor low-light performance. The Triluminous display is beautiful at proper angles but tends to fade when viewing from the side as well. Gareth Beavis of TechRadar said, “Overall the screen doesn't live up to the hype bestowed upon it by Sony.” However, despite its shortcomings, it is obvious that the phone will be a contender in the fight to lead the phablet market for 2013.


Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)


What Hi-Fi

Even if the size appeals, the Z's poor camera and video performance let it down

from What Hi-Fi

With its 6.4in screen, it’s hard to think a device of this ilk can get much bigger without being a fully-fledged tablet. If you thought the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was big, this is massive.

As the largest phablet on the market, the Z Ultra is a great compromise for those wanting the best of both worlds....

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With its 6.4in screen, it’s hard to think a device of this ilk can get much bigger without being a fully-fledged tablet. If you thought the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was big, this is massive.

As the largest phablet on the market, the Z Ultra is a great compromise for those wanting the best of both worlds.

However, it certainly feels on the large side for using day-to-day as your main phone – we’d challenge you to hold this up to your face for a call and not feel a bit silly. It’s slim though; at 6.5mm it’s the slimmest phablet we’ve tested.

Even if its size does appeal, its poor video performance takes away one of the putative advantages of its USP in one fell swoop.

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SlashGear

The Z Ultra Google Play Edition effortlessly stands out

from SlashGear

The Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition carves out a rather unique place in the Google collection of devices. Here you've got an ideal middle-place between smartphone and tablet, edging a lot more in on the tablet side of things. In this device is the vision we had back at the dawn of small, transpo...More

The Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition carves out a rather unique place in the Google collection of devices. Here you've got an ideal middle-place between smartphone and tablet, edging a lot more in on the tablet side of things. In this device is the vision we had back at the dawn of small, transportable computers. The Z Ultra is not too big to fit in your (admittedly mega-sized) pocket, and it's not too small that you'd not consider it for a do-anything device on the go.

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The Verge

The phone is just so absurdly large and expensive only the most dedicated big-screen aficionados are likely to even consider it

from The Verge

The phone is just so absurdly large and expensive only the most dedicated big-screen aficionados are likely to even consider it. And most people looking for a big screen phone would probably be better off with the Galaxy Note 3. But if you are one of those “must have the biggest display at...More

The phone is just so absurdly large and expensive only the most dedicated big-screen aficionados are likely to even consider it. And most people looking for a big screen phone would probably be better off with the Galaxy Note 3. But if you are one of those “must have the biggest display at all costs” people, then the Xperia Z Ultra is worth the $30 increase over the Google Play Edition.

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Cnet

Way too big, much too expensive

from Cnet

Initially I was very intrigued by Sony's decision to create a Google Play Edition of the Xperia Z Ultra, and by Google's choice to sell it. After analyzing the Z Ultra GPE, though, from many angles the device has sadly lost all its prospective appeal. Sure, this phone sports an excellent screen t...More

Initially I was very intrigued by Sony's decision to create a Google Play Edition of the Xperia Z Ultra, and by Google's choice to sell it. After analyzing the Z Ultra GPE, though, from many angles the device has sadly lost all its prospective appeal. Sure, this phone sports an excellent screen that paints imagery with a sharp and colorful brush. It's also breathtakingly thin and shoehorns powerful processing along with Android KitKat into a lovely design with sophisticated aesthetics.

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Ars Technica

Big, beautiful, and buggy

from Ars Technica

We miss Sony. A Google Play Edition device shows what the company is truly capable of when it comes to hardware, and the results are fantastic. Z Ultra feels like a premium device from an alternate dimension where Sony competes with Apple for the best build quality and most drool-worthy devices....More

We miss Sony. A Google Play Edition device shows what the company is truly capable of when it comes to hardware, and the results are fantastic. Z Ultra feels like a premium device from an alternate dimension where Sony competes with Apple for the best build quality and most drool-worthy devices. The design decisions are a little weird though. If Sony built a 5-inch version of this device, it would be one of the best smartphones on the market. Thanks to the giant size though, it's hard to find a spot for the Z Ultra. As a phone it's not really viable. It won't fit in a pocket, and you'll look ridiculous if you attempt to make a phone call on it.

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Tech Advisor

Looks much like the regular Xperia Z1 but super-sized

from Tech Advisor

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a nicely made device but doesn't represent good value for money. The phablet is extremely unwieldy and doesn't have a great camera. Sony would have been better off making this a 7in tablet rather than a 6.4in phone.

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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a nicely made device but doesn't represent good value for money. The phablet is extremely unwieldy and doesn't have a great camera. Sony would have been better off making this a 7in tablet rather than a 6.4in phone.

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Wired

It’s more of a media consumption device than a smartphone

from Wired

The truly gaming-changing aspects of the the Z Ultra only become apparent when you fire up the PlayStation and Movies applications. Together, the screen brightness, wide viewing angles, amazing contrast, and 3D Surround Sound technology, provide a legitimately immersive media-watching experience, whether you playing a game or watching a movie...

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The truly gaming-changing aspects of the the Z Ultra only become apparent when you fire up the PlayStation and Movies applications. Together, the screen brightness, wide viewing angles, amazing contrast, and 3D Surround Sound technology, provide a legitimately immersive media-watching experience, whether you playing a game or watching a movie.

And that’s really what the Xperia Z Ultra is all about. It’s more of a media consumption device than a smartphone. And if you don’t already own a tablet and are looking for a device to watch movies on, read ebooks, and play games, the downsides of owning a grossly oversized phone may well be worth it.

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Mobile Syrup

A confused smartphone that doesn’t live up to the potential of its screen size

from Mobile Syrup

The Xperia Z Ultra is a very fast, slim and capable smartphone, but too few apps take advantage of its almost-tablet screen, and its poor camera experience and high price makes it a hard sell to the average smartphone user.

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The Xperia Z Ultra is a very fast, slim and capable smartphone, but too few apps take advantage of its almost-tablet screen, and its poor camera experience and high price makes it a hard sell to the average smartphone user.

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Digital Trends

Impressively thin with premium look and feel

from Digital Trends

Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra has a powerful processor and jaw-dropping 6.4-inch screen, but its camera, battery life, single speaker, camera, and sheer size make it just too big and boxy to use comfortably.

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Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra has a powerful processor and jaw-dropping 6.4-inch screen, but its camera, battery life, single speaker, camera, and sheer size make it just too big and boxy to use comfortably.

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TechRadar

This is an excellent phablet, and one that will impress many

from TechRadar

The Xperia Z Ultra is one of those devices that makes you gasp. Partly because of its beautiful design and partly because its specs are so great. It's a phablet, but Sony wants you to also remember it's a phone.

The market is increasingly getting competitive and the Galaxy Note 3 is a...More

The Xperia Z Ultra is one of those devices that makes you gasp. Partly because of its beautiful design and partly because its specs are so great. It's a phablet, but Sony wants you to also remember it's a phone.

The market is increasingly getting competitive and the Galaxy Note 3 is a strong challenger. But if you need something bigger, the race is strictly between the Xperia Z Ultra and the Galaxy Mega. And this wipes Samsung's offering off the table.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date July 31, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/2100/800 /850/900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0 Lollipop)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.015 W/kg
Body: 1.536 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3050 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 450 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 323 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 840 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 960 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 34.2 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Purple
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.9 x 9.2 x 0.7 cm (7.1 x 3.6 x 0.3 in)
Weight 212 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 342 pixels
Size 6.44 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
16x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR, Scene mode, Exposure value, Metering
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, WAV
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (NeoReader, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony C6833, Togari

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