Last Thursday, on 1 August 2013, along with every other online and offline media, Sony Mobile Malaysia introduced us all to the latest in their flagship Xperia series devices – Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
Until today, Sony Mobile Malaysia has introduced us to the Sony Xperia Z waterproof smartphone (read my review here) and the Sony Xperia Tablet Z waterproof tablet. Now, to complete the line of Xperia devices, Sony introduced us to the in-between device of a phablet, phone and tablet, with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
See Also : Sony Xperia Z User Review
Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the world’s slimmest smartphone with the largest full HD display.
Here’s a quick specs overview of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra:-
- 6.4″ Full HD TRILUMINOS® TFT display (1920 x 1080)(342 ppi)
- 2.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor
- 16 GB internal storage (microSD up to 64 GB)+ 2 GB RAM
- Powered by Android 4.2 “Jellybean” OS
- 8 megapixel “Exmor RS for mobile” rear camera (1080p video), 2 megapixel front facing camera (1080p)
- 6.5 mm thin, weighing 212 grams
- 3.000 mAH non-removable battery (16 hours 3G talktime)
- Connectivity : 4G LTE*/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA connection, NFC
- Available in Black, White and Purple colours
For more information, check out the Sony Xperia Z Ultra Product Page at http://www.sonymobile.com/my/products/phones/xperia-z-ultra/
Jason Smith, Director of Marketing for SEA & Oceania for Sony Mobile Communications, introduced us to the killer features and services of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. They include:-
- World’s Largest Full HD smartphone display – 6.4” TRILUMINOS™ Display with X-Reality for mobile
- World’s Slimmest Full HD smartphone – Slim phone at oly 6.5mm thin, weighing 212 grams
- Waterproof up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes and dust resistant (IP55/IP58) with tough tempered glass coated with an anti-shatter film
- Responsive screen with handwriting recognition – Write and sketch with any pencil and selected stylus or pen (capacitive stylus or metal pen with tip diameter over 1mm)
- 8 megapixel camera with “Exmor RS for mobile” sensor and HDR for videos and photos
- Full accessory ecosystem for premium entertainment and connectivity
- Battery STAMINA Mode for outstanding battery life
Hands On with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra
After the speeches and presentation, Sony Mobile Malaysia ushered us to the Experience Zone to touch and feel the Sony Xperia Z Ultra for ourselves.
Obviously, you want to see me hold it in my hands.
While the phone may be HUGE, it actually feels really premium in my hands. The phone is slim and the glass front and back feels very nice and luxurious.
Because the phone has glass in the front and back of the device, just like the Xperia Z smartphone, the same issue of it being a fingerprint magnet is still there. No biggie though, coz the phone is waterproof (up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes). When it gets all grimey and filthy, all you need to do is just wash your phone! Honestly, I do this with the Xperia Z review unit, and I love that I can do this.
The previous annoyance with the Xperia Z having sharp corners is no longer the case here. The Xperia Z Ultra actually has a rounder corner on the sides, allowing it to sit more comfortably in your hands. Errr… except for the size issue – it really won’t be sitting snugly in your palm even if you have big hands.
Sony executives did mention that there’s a function for single hand typing, with the keyboard align to the left or right, based on your preference. You can stick to 2 thumb typing if you like, too, of course. Unfortunately though, during my hands on time, I couldn’t find that function to enable single hand typing. Must be buried somewhere.
Here, you can see the Xperia Z Ultra at 6.4″ display is way bigger than the flagship Xperia Z at 5″ screen. Thanks to @memeranglaut for your Xperia Z for this shot.
Now you see the Xperia Z Ultra 6.4″ screen next to my 4.7″ screen HTC One.
Yes – the Xperia Z Ultra is definitely a big phone.
In case you didn’t notice, the Xperia Z didn’t come with a rear camera flash. Sony executives responded that a lot of effort was placed into making the phone slim (6.5 mm to be exact) and creating a stunning display (6.4″ Full HD TRILUMINOS® TFT display with 1920 X 1080 resolution).
Furthermore, the 8 megapixel rear camera incorporates Sony’s “Exmore RS for mobile” technology with incredible low light photography, which would reduce the need for an on board flash. Well, I guess we’ll see about that, hopefully when I get a review unit to test it out one day.
What I like though, is that the Power On/Off button is placed in the middle of the right side, for easier access, similar to the Xperia Z.
Very honestly, the phablet is indeed very slim. Although you can technically still put the phone in your jeans pocket, I’m not sure anybody would. Imagine sitting on it when the phone is forgotten in your back pocket. Wait a minute! A giant phablet like that, you’d never forget that it’s in your back pocket!
Here’s some eye candy for you boys, of the models posing with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
While I understand that phone is HUGE and I can’t understand who would want to buy a phone this big, I was proven wrong before with the success of the Samsung Galaxy Note II phablet. There is indeed a market for phablets, and I personally do know someone who’s using a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 as a phone.
It’s 0.6″ smaller than a 7″ tablet like Nexus 7 or Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, but this Xperia Z Ultra is not a tablet, it actually is being marketed as a phone, with phone functions added with a stunning display for games, video, entertainment and more. I would so like to see the first person on the street holding this Xperia Z Ultra up his/her ears.
Having said that, I actually really like the Xperia Z Ultra. The build quality is simply amazing. I like the glass panels as it feels so premium. I like the slim and light phone, but doesn’t feel cheap or toy like.
Sony Mobile is back with it’s great design and premium build!
Once Sony took back their share from their previous Sony Ericsson partnership on the mobile business in 2011, Sony has continuously amazed me with their, once again, great design and premium build.
The world must agree with this new rebirth of Sony Mobile, too. In the recent Sony’s 2012 revenue announcement, they’re back in the black for the first time in 5 years, recording a net profit of 43 billion Yen. Well done, Sony. Continue making gorgeous mobile devices.
Back to topic – yes – I like the Xperia Z Ultra, in some funny weird way. I don’t know how this phone fits in my lifestyle, as a tablet or as a phone. For me, I think if I do get the Xperia Z Ultra, it would likely replace both my phone AND my tablet and be my all-in-one device. I would definitely use a headset to answer calls, though. *grin*
Accessories and complementary devices
Speaking of accessories, Sony Xperia Z Ultra comes with a host of accessories from cases to other complementary devices.
Smart Bluetooth Headset SBH52 is basically a mini headset for your phablet. It’s a handset with HD voice, allows Bluetooth or NFC pairing and connection, and also used as headphones to listen to music. The device is actually splash-proof! It will be available in Malaysian market in September 2013
For more info, check out the Smart Bluetooth Headset SBH52 Product Page HERE.
Sony reminds us that they have been producing wearable tech (aka Smart Watch) for awhile now. With the Xperia Z Ultra, they introduced their new version of SmartWatch 2 SW2 as the World’s first Android compatible SmartWatch as a multi-functional digital watch and phone remote to receive notification, control music and more with over 200 apps available today. The device is weatherproof and connects via Bluetooth, and incorporates their one touch NFC pairing.
For more info, check the SmartWatch 2 SW2 Product Page HERE.
The Magnetic Charging Dock DK30 allows you to snugly dock your Xperia Z Ultra connected via the magnetic pin at the side of your phone. While it’ charging, it stands at a comfortable angle for you to continue viewing your videos.
If you’re crazy with phone cases like me, you’ll be happy to know that Sony introduced their own flip cases for the Xperia Z Ultra, which comes in several different colours. It provides the perfect fit with the right cutout and holes for easy access to ports etc, as well as a card compartment on the inside of the flip case.
While the phone will be available in Black, White or Purple colours, you have a bit more choices with the flip cases. On display at the event, there’s Black, Red, Purple and Orange coloured cases to choose from.
Pricing and Availability
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is available on sale, starting now, for the Black or White colour version, at a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 2,299 for the HSPA+ version. There is a 4G LTE version of the Xperia Z Ultra coming soon, but no indication of dates or availability as yet.
Guess what? Sony Mobile Malaysia is having a promotion, in conjunction with Hari Raya celebration for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra!!!
Between 5-11 Aug 2013, Sony Mobile Malaysia will be holding a roadshow promotion at Lowyat Plaza, where customers purchasing the Xperia Z Ultra will receive a goodie bag of a premium phone case (worth RM 80), FREE 8GB microSD card and an Xperia T-shirt!
For more info and details of the promotion, head on over to LowYat Plaza starting today to touch and feel the Xperia Z Ultra and get your goodie bags with purchase!
See Also : Sony Xperia Z User Review
Gallery of Photos and Videos of Sony Xperia Z Ultra
For your enjoyment, check out the gallery of images and videos from Sony Mobile for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra below.
Official Press Images of Sony Xperia Z Ultra (device and lifestyle images)
Videos of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra from Sony Xperia YouTube channel
For more info and to show your love, make sure to check out Sony Mobile Malaysia website at http://www.sonymobile.com/my/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sonymobilemy or Sony Xperia’s Twitter at https://twitter.com/SonyXperiaMY