Sony Xperia Z Ultra first impressions

Sony Xperia Z Ultra first impressions

While we completely missed the announcement of the Xperia Z Ultra in Shanghai Mobile Expo last month (our visa was denied), we were able to get a good glimpse of the device here in Tokyo during our media event for the Bravia 4K.

The Xperia Z Ultra sits between the Xperia Z and the Xperia Tablet Z. It’s thinner than either of the two as well. However, from the usability point-of-view, the Xperia Z Ultra is more like a tablet with a complete phone functionality rather than just an over-sized phone.

One will definitively have to use both hands to navigate/operate this device. At 6.44-inch across, the Z Ultra is almost the size of the Nexus 7.

In picture — the Xperia Tablet Z, the Xperia Z Ultra and the Xperia Z.

The materials and construction of the Z Ultra follows the Z, with a glass front and back cover. As such, be prepared for a lot of smudge and fingerprints all over the surface of the device.

Nevertheless, it’s still a gorgeous device. The Xperia Z Ultra has more than exceeded our previous good impressions with the Xperia Z and Tablet Z; and whatever shortcomings the two others had before are now fulfilled in the Z Ultra.


Looks more like a miniaturized Xperia Tablet Z rather than an oversized Xperia Z.

Even at 6.4mm thin, Sony managed to keep the device water-proof and dust-proof, just like its predecessor. It is a novelty that even rival Samsung got interested into.

This is the first time we’ve seen a Snapdragon 800 chip launched with a smartphone and comes with everything else you’d expect, including multi-band LTE support and a large battery capacity.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra specs:
6.44-inch full HD Triluminous display @ 1080×1920 pixels, 342ppi
Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz quad-core
Adreno 330 Graphics
16GB internal storage
up to 64GB via microSD card
8MP rear autofocus camera
1080p video recording @ 30fps
2MP front-facing camera, 1080p video
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS w/ aGPS support, GLONASS
3,000mAh battery
Dustproof and Waterproof

Android 4.2 Jellybean
Dimension: 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm
Weight: 212g

Sony has not yet indicated when the Xperia Z Ultra will be officially released in the Philippines but there’s some indication it will be this month of August (as early as the 12th). We also have a scheduled trip to Malaysia first week of September to cover a new Xperia line so watch out for that and our full review of the Xperia Z Ultra.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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19 Responses

  1. gambit says:

    Kimstore is selling this baby at P 27,900.00.

  2. abuzalzal says:

    Antay na lang ng announcement ng Note 3 tapos pili mode na for the Holidays bwehehehehehe

    • bajigjig says:

      Wala ka namang pambili!

    • abuzalzal says:

      At SINO ka naman para husgahan ako na wala akong pambili? Kilala mo ba ako? Sa kinikita ng car aircon business ko sa isang araw baka mahirapan ka pang ipunin sa isang kinsenas lol

    • bajigjig says:

      car aircon business my ass.
      ang sabihin mo, isa kang baklang janitor dito sa ibm plaza sa eastwood! nyahahahahaha

    • abukupalpal says:

      Car Aircon Business , PWEH! Ahente ka lang sa Anson’s , me pa car car aircon business ka pa.

      Kung makapanghusga ka nga wagas! Sabay magtataka ka sino ka para husgasan!

      BOBO! UNGGOY! BOBO! UNGGOY! Banat Banat Banat!

      Pakita mo picture mo dito ewan ko lang kung mabuhay ka pa hanggang pasko!

    • Paopee says:

      woooow! better get me one of those soon. <3

  3. Armin says:

    mr. yuga, can you also please feature the Sony Xperia Z Ultra accessory – the Sony SBH52 Bluetooth Headset? I think this huge phone would really go well with this gadget.

  4. abuzalzal says:

    Is the stylus function pressure-sensitive like WACOM?

    Although I wouldn’t expect na Hinde…hehe nagbabaka-sakali lang

  5. awdog says:

    i like sony designs but honestly i dont feel like i want to trust them with these obscene amount of price tag.

    i give my money to samsung. they have better track record with their phone support

  6. wew says:

    im not a hater of sony,pero di ko talaga maintindihan kung anu ang marketing strategy nila para bumenta ung xperia phones nla,pag ung isang phone na may ganitong feature wla naman sa isangg phone,and vice vers…katulad nito na di naman makakaapekto sa presyo kung may led flash(kung tutuusin ay meron dapat tlga)pero di nila nilagyan…naguguluhan lng tlga ako sa kanila tsk tsk

  7. rafe00 says:

    lets wait for the note 3. :) i already seen some reviews on youtube with this device.. and its a beautiful phone.. but its freakin big. i think they go over the limit, its like a tablet. pag pinagtabi yung new nexus 7 parang mag kasize na..

  8. kit says:

    nice specs, esp the processor! sayang lang ung camera, they couldve made it 13mp with flash, and the price, Xperia = Xpensive but overall, prolly one of the best phones out there.

  9. mimhi nahangot hukin says:

    Try niu Lang manghipo or mkahiram man lhng khit isang minuto ng premium Sony 1080p phones, at pg bumlik n kau sa totoong lyf niu wit ur torque n chery eh kkita niu eh prng galing ho kau sa araw at pumasok sa madilim n yungib ulit kung san po kau naglulungga lol lol

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