Hands-on review: Updated: Sony Xperia Z Ultra

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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is meant to be a phone – but with a 6.44-inch display it’s pushing the borders of what a smartphone can really be.

It’s a huge device, there’s no question about that, however at 6.5 mm thick it sits more conveniently in the hand than you might anticipate and the full HD display really excites too.

Spec-fans will be incapable to include their enjoyment at the idea of the first smartphone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chip, a quad-core processor clocked to 2.2 GHz.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra review

It’s likewise got a magnetic charging port on the side to help with, well, magnetic docks that allow charging – it’s odd that it uses up a lot of the design however, where it’s normally more discreet.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra review

The waterproof aspect to the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is clearly one of the high points, and as such the quick doors that seal in the ports are back in force. Nonetheless, they are intriguingly not utilized on the headset jack, with Sony working out ways to make it so the water gremlins won’t ruin your sound.

The design of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is something that’s as much of a gotten taste as the Xperia Z before it. It’s the same sharp design, which makes it slightly harder to hold in one hand however the rubber exterior does alleviate this to some extent.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra review

The CPU rate definitely shows in basic use, as it’s as snappy as anything we’ve actually had fun with – both flicking in between apps and searching the net over Wi-Fi were lightning quickly. It’s getting to the point where smartphones are quicker than you ‘d ever before need them to be, but we are still made an impression on by the efficiency right here.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra review

The screen quality is absolutely enhanced, with the Triluminous technology at work to improve colors saturation levels in essential locations, increasing the palette for a fairly stunning-looking photo. It’s likewise assisted by the X Reality engine that’s been established for mobile, which fills in missing pixels in basic meaning images.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra review

As we mentioned, the videos included to demo the innovation are impressive, but generally the display doesn’t live up to the buzz bestowed upon it by Sony. It suffers the like the Xperia Z, in that it’s a slightly washed-out tint to it, which is specifically informing as it was discussed as being ‘closer to Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology’ by among the Sony representatives.

The camera could be enhanced also in our eyes, although this might be pre-production sampling obstructing. The pictures we took were rather grainy and didn’t have definition, as you can see below.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra review

Sample images

Sony Xperia Z Ultra review

Sony Xperia Z Ultra review

Let us hear it for the battery though: a 3000mAh power pack is what we expected in a phone like this, and we just were not disappointed. Sony is still crowing about its a little dubious Endurance Mode being a genuine perk below, so we are anticipating to see big things from the Ultra when it lands for a complete testimonial.

Early verdict

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a phone that wants to be a tablet. While lots of will look at the Ultra and recoil in scary at its bigger measurements, those that want the bigger screen will not be able to assist however intended this phone.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra review

Is it going to succeed over even more of the smartphone market? It’s a certain possibility as the power and size mix are currently distinct. More significantly for the lasting future of Sony Mobile is that this phone reveals that the Japanese brand is eager to show it’s at the center of innovation.

We truthfully can’t see this being a mainstream gadget, however it bridges the space between phone and tablet, both respectable gadgets, marvellously.