Two years ago, anyone would have shrugged off a device having humongous screen size of 6.44 inches, but thanks to Samsung for launching its Galaxy Note series. Not only did it popularize large screen devices which are even impossible to be held by one hand, it also coined a new and apt term for such devices- phablets, i.e., hybrid of phones and tablets. Xperia Z Ultra is Sony’s answer to the upcoming Galaxy Note III and other manufacturers and has many firsts to its name like ultra-slim design, TRILUMINOUS Full HD display, waterproof capability and much more. Let’s check out the detailed specifications of the device-
Xperia ZU borrows a lot from its flagship sibling Xperia Z featuring the same glass and plastic body also called as omni-balance design. In one word, the device is beautiful and pretty slim at 6.5 mm for its size. Though, it has a considerable weight of 212 g. Similar to Xperia Z, its IP 55/58 certified making it dust and water proof. It’s available in white, black and purple colours.
Perhaps Xperia ZU has a largest screen size of 6.44 inches available on a phone. The display has a Full HD resolution resulting in impressive pixel density of 344 ppi. Sony has used TRILUMINOUS technology and X-reality engine to make the display more realistic.
The device has taken a clue from Galaxy Note and allows input from any pen or stylus with 1 mm diameter tip.
Hardware and Software
Inside Xperia ZU can easily be considered as powerful beast with the latest Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2 GHz. Coupled with 2 GB RAM, the device delivers smooth experience while performing any kind of tasks. In terms of memory, it has 16 GB in-built storage with option of expanding it by adding microSD card up to 64 GB.
The device runs on Android 4.2.2 (JellyBean) OS with some modifications from Sony to the home screen and few apps. Google has recently released Android 4.3 and Sony has promised to bring it as early as possible for Xperia ZU.
Connectivity and Battery
In connectivity department, device has support for 2G/ 3G/ 4G LTE networks support for micro-SIM. It also offers usual connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and even NFC. Since, it would be pretty awkward to put such a humongous device against one’s ears, so Sony has included Bluetooth headset as an accessory with the Xperia ZU.
Xperia ZU is powered by a non-removable Li-ion battery of 3050 mAh. To conserve the battery life, Sony has added STAMINA mode which automatically closes the batter-sucking apps as soon as device is put to sleep.
The device has been loaded with 8 MP snapper at back with Exmor-RS optics. For enhancing the image capturing experience, there are several features like geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama, etc. It’s also capable of recording videos at 1080p@30fps.
It also offers a front-facing camera of 2MP for video calling purposes.
Xperia ZU seems to offer all-round package with wonderful design, impressive display and a powerful hardware. It definitely costs more than the rivals since those devices aim at offering particular features only like Samsung Galaxy Mega focusing on large screen experience, Huawei Ascend Mate having large screen with ultra-slim design.