Sony Xperia Z Ultra

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Xperia Z Ultra

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Key Specifications See full specifications
OS Android OS, v4.4 (KitKat)
Battery Li-Ion 3050 mAh
Rear Camera 8.0 MP
Front Camera 2.0 MP
Display Size 6.44 inch
RAM 2 GB
Internal Memory 16 GB
Processor 2.2 GHz Krait 400 Quad-core
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8274 or MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
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General Information
Announced June, 2013
Form Factor Bar
Released July, 2013
Box Content Charger, Headset, USB Cable
Shades Black, White, Purple
Languages English
Note Also known as Sony Xperia Z Ultra HSPA+ C6802, Sony Xperia Z Ultra LTE C6806, Sony Xperia Z Ultra LTE C6833.
OS Android OS, v4.4 (KitKat)
Hardware
Processor 2.2 GHz Krait 400 Quad-core
Graphics Processor Adreno 330
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8274 or MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
Camera
Auto Focus
Rear Camera 8.0 MP
Digital Zoom
Face Detection
GeoTagging
Image Stabilization
Camera Resolution 3264x2448 pixels
Front Camera 2.0 MP
Resolution (Front) 1600x1200 pixels
Video Resolution (Front) 1080p @ 30fps
Smile Detection
Touch Focus
Video Resolution 1080p @ 30fps
Video Stabilization
Primary Camera 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, Digital Zoom, Autofocus
Camera Features HDR, Sweep Panorama, Scene recognition
Display
Display Colours 16 Million
Multi-Touch
Pixels Per Inch Density 344 ppi
Screen Protection Waterproof(IP55 and IP 58), )Shatter Proof and dust-resistant
Scratch Resistant
Display Resolution (H) 1080 pixels
Display Resolution (V) 1920 pixels
Display Size 6.44 inch
Touchscreen
Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Display Type Triluminos LCD
Memory
RAM 2 GB
Call Log
Internal Memory 16 GB
Memory Card microSD, up to 64 GB (SDXC support)
Dimensions & Weight
Height 179 mm
Thickness 6.5 mm
Weight 212 gms
Width 92 mm
Battery
Stand-by (2G) Upto 790 hours
Stand-by (3G) Upto 820 hours
Talktime (2G) Upto 14 hours
Talktime (3G) Upto 16 hours
Music Playback Up to 110 hours
Video Playback Up to 7
Battery Li-Ion 3050 mAh
Internet & Connectivity
A-GPS
Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP
GPS
Handsfree
NFC
SIM Type Micro
USB microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
ANT+ Support
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G Network LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 / 900 MHz
EDGE Up to 296 kbps
GPRS Up to 107 kbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Networks 2G + 3G + 4G
Data Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
Features
Alarm Clock
Calendar
Clock
Java via Java MIDP emulator
Office Applications
Organiser
SNS Integration
Voice Dialing
Voice Memo
Noise Cancellation
Sync
Entertainment
3.5mm Jack/Port
Radio
Image Viewer
Music Player
Video Player
Video Recording
Voice Recording
Games
Ringtones
Vibration
Ringtones MP3
Messaging
T9 Dictionary
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Sensors
Accelerometer Sensor
Compass
Gyro Sensor
Proximity Sensor

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review

31 Aug, 13 12:12 PM

Overview

Best in Class Smartphone

Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a revolutionary phone by Sony. It is also called as Sony Xperia Z Ultra HSPA+ C6802, Sony Xperia Z Ultra LTE C6806, and Sony Xperia Z Ultra LTE C6833.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Design and Build Quality

The phone is all glass and is water and dust resistant. The screen is a massive 6.44 inch. The phone is a giant smartphone. The back of the phone is smooth and shiny. It is available in three colours black, white, and purple. The phone’s dimensions are 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5mm and the phone weighs 212grams. Overall, the phone looks gorgeous. The almost edge-to-edge screen displays bright, crisp, and crystal clear colours. The battery talk time has an average of 12 hours, which no other smartphone in this range has been able to achieve.

User Interface and Comfort to Use Sony Xperia Z Ultra

The phone runs on the popular Android 4.2.2 Jellybean software. The UI is smooth and the phone’s response to touch and commands is a breeze. Multitasking is effortless. The phone has a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a 2GB of RAM. Even the games run smoothly with multitasking. Despite its size the phone, it is very comfortable to hold in hand and even the typing on the on screen keyboard is very easy to handle after some practice. One of the amazing features of the phone is that its screen is based on the X reality engine, which means that even the videos with low resolution are displayed with clarity on the screen. This cuts down on the cost of downloading HD video all the time.

Telephony and Phonebook

The phone supports 2G, 3G and 4G operations. The call quality is excellent and you can easily hear the caller voice even in mildly crowded areas. Voice calling also works perfectly on the phone. Phonebook is easy and simple to use and does not ask for much.

Messaging and Emails

You can read complete long emails on the phone easily. The SMS, MMS, and IM integration on the phone works effortlessly.

Gallery, Photo Viewer and Video Player

Watching movies, playing games and reading books on the phone is a pleasurable task. The photo viewer supports zoom and the large screen of the phone makes photos appear very clear. Video player supports MKV, H.264, Xvid, VP8, WEBM, 3GP, AVI, M4V, 3GPP, MP4, H.263, Full HD formats. This means that you can play any video with ease without having to download an extra application.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Music Player and FM Radio

Walkman like music player is one of the high points of the phone however, the loudspeaker volume disappoints. The sound is clear when you place the phone near your ears but even on the highest volume, the sound from loudspeaker does no match the music quality. The music player comes with various features such as Clear Audio+, Dynamic Normalizer, Music Tones, PlayNow Service, WALKMAN Application, xLoud Experience, Noise Reduction, and 3D Surround Sound. FM radio is present on the phone.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Camera and Image Quality

The phone has an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. The rear camera does not have flash but comes with the Exmor R sensor. The photo quality is not good and there is a lot of noise and over saturation of colours in the photos. There are many features in the camera that you can use, these include Auto Focus, Burst Mode, HDR for Pictures and Movies, Face Detection, Geo-tagging, Image Stabiliser, Object Tracking, Picture Effect, Quick Launch, Scene Recognition, Self-timer, Send to Web, Smile Shutter, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama, Touch Capture, Touch Focus, and White Balance.

Video Camera and Video Quality

The phone is capable of recording full HD videos with ease. When shot under good lighting conditions the video turn out to be good.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Connectivity Options

The connectivity options on the phone include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, USB, GPRS, 3G and DLNA. The connectivity when established works smoothly and does not pull down the performance of the phone.

Organiser and Other Utility Tools

The phone comes with a pre-installed document viewer, which lets you view and save your documents with ease. Other tools include Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Setup Guide, Tasks, Timer, SensMe, One-touch (Sharing, Listening, Mirroring, Backup), DRM Support for eBooks, Google Voice Search, Face Unlock, STAMINA Mode to save the battery, Throw, Sensor-on-lens, TV Launcher, Reader Mode, Sony Entertainment Network, Handwriting Recognition, Screenshot Capturing, 3D Games ANT+, NeoReader Barcode Scanner, and TrackID Music Recognition.

Web Browser and Applications

Android and Google chrome browser are present on the phone. Since the stylus support works on the phone, emailing becomes easier. You can read and view pictures on the websites with ease. Applications on the phone include Google Play, Google Search, Facebook, Google Talk, Twitter, Gmail, YouTube, Instant Messaging, Bookmarks, Twitter, Note taking, Socialife, and Sketch.

Google Maps and GPS

The phone supports A-GPS and GLONASS, with Google Maps. Navigation locks in within seconds.

Distinctive Features of Sony Xperia Z Ultra

The screen of the phone makes you feel like you are holding a small theatre in your hand. There are many features on the screen such as TRILUMINOUS Display, Pixel Reproduction, Texture and Utline Improvement, Gesture Input, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, 10 Fingers Multi-touch Supported, Colour and Contrast Enhancement. On the other hand, the screen is prone to condensation and takes it as a touch input, which can sometimes make it difficult to use the phone outside.

Value for Money

The phone is priced at INR 45000 (approx., may vary) in the Indian market.

Verdict

We would rate the phone 4.2 out of 5 stars.

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Web Reviews

CNET
25 Jun, 13
It looks like Samsung will have to do a lot more to make its upcoming Galaxy Note 3 stand out from the crowd, given that Sony has set a very high benchmark with the Xperia Z Ultra. Else the Korean chaebol may risk losing its leadership position in the phablet space which has become increasingly competitive in the recent months. The Xperia Z Ultra is expected to launch globally in Q3. It will available in three colors: black, white and purple.
Phone Arena
13 Aug, 13
The Z Ultra towers above all those phablets not only in screen size, but in specs and design, too, so if you've thrown out ergonomics and pocketability with the decision to get one anyway, you might as well do the full song and dance. If you can afford it, that is, as Sony's first phablet will run you more than most current flagship phones at launch
Engadget
19 Aug, 13
Sony designed a sleek and good-looking handset with a few tablet tendencies, and you'll absolutely love the display and over-the-top processing power contained within its chassis. Without a doubt, its size and price are the two most critical factors, and you've probably already made up your mind without even using it. In short, your decision to buy (or not buy) the Z Ultra should be a quick one: you'll either love it or hate it, but you won't stay neutral for long.
GSM Arena
03 Sep, 13
The Xperia Z Ultra is a seriously cool looking gadget, although an extra millimeter around the waist and another 1,000mah of juice might have been a smart move as well. Still, Sony's phablet has demonstrated unmatched performance - the browser loads everything instantly, apps are bullet-quick - and it also has the best screen on a phablet yet. Of course, it may soon lose this or that advantage to the likes of the LG G2 or the Galaxy Note III, but even then it will be a force to be reckoned with for quite a while. And a phablet to be proud of. So, keep them coming, Sony.
NDTV
10 Sep, 13
At Rs. 46,990, the phone isn't cheap, but that's no surprise given its top-of-the-line specs and performance. Almost everyone we met was excited about the Xperia Z Ultra when they first heard about it or saw it in person. Ten minutes with the phone, though, changed the opinion of 9 out of 10 people and they were calling it 'impractical' in no time. However, the tenth person immediately vowed to get one for himself. That, in a nutshell, is the Sony Xperia Z Ultra - too bulky for most, perfect for a minority who believe big is indeed beautiful.

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