The Xperia Z Ultra, codenamed ‘Togari’, has been officially launched today. Being the first phone to officially use the Snapdragon 800 chipset, it should come to no suprise if it tops out benchmarks for some time. The phablet features a 6.4″ Triluminous screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, good enough for a 344 pixel per inch density. The display also utilizes the proprietary OptiContrast and X-Reality technology, superseding the famed Mobile Bravia Engine. The screen size also gives the user 60% more surface to work with (maybe compared to 4.3″ to 5″ phones of late). As for those who want to use a stylus, hail! The device also allows a pencil, a pen, or a capacitive stylus to be used due to a special type of coating which Sony dubs as “Super Hard Coat ASF,” which helps the device to be more resistant to scratch and marks. For added durability, it has an IP58 certification like the smaller Xperia ZR, which allows water immersion of up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.
Design wise, it features Sony’s OmniBalance design with tempered glass back taken from the current Flagship, the Xperia Z, albeit slimmer and features a metal frame on all the sides. It runs Android 4.2.2, although features a revamped software to utilize the available power and screen dimensions. Under the hood, you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with four Krait 400 cores running at 2.2 GHz per core, 2GB of RAM, and an Adreno 330 GPU to push all those pixels. For keeping your files, there is a 16GB internal memory, expandable via a Micro SD card slot. It has 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, and HD Voice Command.
Sony’s proprietary WALKMAN player with ClearAudio+ and xLOUD enhancements come within. And should you need to snap photos or record videos, it packs a camera with an 8MP Exmor-RS sensor that can record 1080p video and supports HDR for both stills and movies. Be reminded, however, that low-light pictures are somewhat of a no-go because of the absence of a LED Flash. Oh, by the way, it sports a 3,000 mAh battery, which should be enough to juice up your daily grind.
Sony markets this phone as the slimmest 1080p smartphone at 6.5 mm, although I just don’t know if you can bear the hefty 212g weight. Color palette is the same as the Z, coming in black, white, and purple. Expected release is Q3 2013; however, exact details are unknown.