Sony's Xperia Z Ultra 6.44-Inch Waterproof Phablet is Real

By Sam Gibbs on at

Sony's just taken the wraps off its latest addition to the Xperia range, a 6.44-inch waterproof phablet, which'll be the first phone released with Qualcomm's blazing new Snapdragon 800 chip.

It's basically an enlarged Xperia Z with a similar waterproof and dust-resistant (IP55/IP58) rating, but this time packing the brand new, screaming Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip clocked at 2.2GHz backed by 2GB of RAM. 16GB of storage comes as standard (11GB user-accessible) with a microSD slot to bump that up, if you need more. The 6.44-inch screen has the same 1080p resolution as the Xperia Z and Tablet Z, but of course a lower PPI compared with its smaller brother.

The Z Ultra weighs in at 212g with an anorexic 6.5mm-thick frame, but still packs 4G, an 8MP shooter on the back, and a 2MP chatcam on the front. Sony's even managed to squeeze its super new screen colour technology called Triluminos, which combines with Sony's X-Reality engine to help images and video pop. Let's hope Sony's LCD steps up to support all this high-level tech a little better than the Xperia Z.

It'll come running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, as you might expect, sometime in Q3 2013 (around mid-September) for an undisclosed sum.