Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday June 25, 2013.
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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra has been confirmed as the next Android device to blur the lines between smartphone and tablet. With a 6.4-inch 1080p HD display, it's one of the biggest Android phones yet. The Xperia Z Ultra's large screen doesn't translate to bulky device because it's only 6.5mm (0.26in) thick, but the overall frame still reaches large 179.4 x 92.2mm (7.06x3.63in).
While the sheer size of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra will garner headlines, the phone's use of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor may be worth more attention. The quad-core processor has a 2.2 GHz clock speed, higher than any other smartphone currently on the market. LG has confirmed that it will use the Snapdragon 800 in the next Optimus G, but Sony is so far the first to unveil a specific product featuring the processor. The Xperia Z Ultra also has 16GB of internal storage (11GB accessible), a 64GB microSD slot, an 8-megapixel camera, a 2 megapixel front camera, and a 3,000mAh battery.
The Xperia Z Ultra has support for any capacitive stylus with a tip 1mm or wider. The note taking and sketching features are built into various parts of the phone, including the in-call note-taking. The phone also follows Sony's recent trend of introducing waterproof and dustproof phones with IP55 and IP58 ratings.
Sony has yet to release details on price or availability on the Xperia Z Ultra. The company will so far say only that the Xperia Z Ultra release date will be sometime in Q3 2013.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.