Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review



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Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Just after 6 months of the release of Sony Xperia Z the electronic world giant has gone ahead to release a larger and faster version of that flagship model. They have upgraded the display from the 5 inch on the Sony Xperia Z to 6.4 inch on the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The built is more and less the same. They have stuck to the zero gap design to have that water resistant property and be dust proof too. People have actually bought the Sony Xperia Z so that they could text in showers! Can you beat that? The have also upgraded the processor from Quad Processor clocked at 1.5GHz to 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. Even the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note II is set to have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor as well.


Design

The overall design is still the same on the Sony Xperia Z Ultra as it was on its predecessor the Sony Xperia Z. The phone is covered in a zero gap glass that gives it the water resistant property and the premium feel to the phone because of the shiny and brilliant finish. The main shape also is the same- the perfect rectangular phone. The phone is super thin, it’s more powerful, slimmer and way more glossy than Sony Xperia Z. Sony has reduced the thickness from 7.9mm on the Sony Xperia Z to 6.5 mm on the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Sony Xperia Z Ultra is really sleek and very and very attractive. The glass back will mesmerize you in every possible way. There is no turning back once you fall for this phone. The phone takes the Samsung Galaxy Mega series phones head on with the release of Sony Xperia Z Ultra in terms of the size but Sony Xperia Z is more expensive but then it has everything better than them too. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra comes in the classy black and shiny white colour.

Display

When smart phone makers go for a larger size mobile they tend to make displays which are just good or say average but it has been a long time coming we say full HD on the devices with a display of size more than 5.3 inches. This is exactly where Sony Xperia Z Ultra joins the party. It has a 6.5 inch full HD display i.e. giving it a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. The colors are so vibrant and so true on the display you can’t take your eyes of it. The display is much better than on the Sony Xperia Z in terms of the black levels which we find to be much deeper on the Ultra. The glass covering the display is of the highest quality, dust proof and scratch resistant. No way you will need a cheap screen guard to cover it. The pixel density is quiet high for a device with a 6.5 inch display- it has a pixel density of 345ppi. This makes the screen real dense and everything is just in much visible detail. Watching a full HD movie is very comfortable because of the size of the screen and the beauty it will reflect. Hands down it is the best oversized display on a smart phone.

Camera

Here is the “oh no” for this device specific device- the camera. If you believe in the larger the numeric on the megapixel the better then straight away this phone has actually degraded its lens from a 13.1 MP sensor on the primary front on Sony Xperia Z to an 8MP sensor on the Sony Xperia Ultra. Anyway, when we tested all the major frontline flagship models of different smart phone giants the Sony Xperia Z did not stand even close to them. The sensor needed much more light to fall on it and basically the colour management was not so good. But the lower 8MP camera on the Xperia Z Ultra is way better. It can easily go head to head against most of the cameras but yeah might not come out on top. The colours are better yet could be more realistic to the environment. The detailing is very sharp though. Sony Xperia Z Ultra can capture full HD 1080p videos from the front 2MP camera as well as the primary camera. The video quality is really good, just too good maybe. You have the option to capture HDR as well. There is the general sweep panorama too. Obviously it detects faces and smiles to get better group shots.

Software

Sony Xperia Z Ultra comes with Android v4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box but surely will get the latest Android v4.3 Jelly Bean that released recently on 25th of July by Google. The Google Play Store has a gigantic stream of apps you can choose from and explore. If you are from a computer background you might as well get into Android development with their ULTRA user friendly SDK. If the SDK is so user friendly so is the mobile OS on Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The user interface is no different than it was on the Xperia Z.

Performance and Memory

With the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core 2.2GHz processor, this phone is one of the fastest devices but that might change in just a month or two with the coming of Samsung Galaxy Note III and the Apple iPhone 5S. The phone has 2GB of RAM which manages your multitasking without any problems. The processor is so fast that even you asked Asphalt 7 to take x2 speed than it should even then the phone will do that seamlessly. The internal storage on the phone is 16GB which might not be sufficient for many consumers and hence there is an option to expand the memory to as much as 64GB. The phone has NFC technology and the latest Bluetooth version as well to facilitate files between users or to pair up with speakers and other devices.

Final Thoughts

If you have the money to buy then this is one of the best options for the price. People die for a good display and a crazy fast phone and this smart phone gives you both. Plus it has the looks too with the slim design and the perfect glass finish. Water proof tech is something you do not generally find on high end smartphones. The built also is very strong and hence by accidental drop, it should be ok.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra will be available from first week of August for Rs.44,000

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – all versions
4G NetworkLTE 700 / 850 / 900/ 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 – C6806
LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 – C6833
SIMMicro-SIM
Announced2013, June
StatusAvailable. Released 2013, July
BODYDimensions179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm (7.06 x 3.63 x 0.26 in)
Weight212 g (7.48 oz)
– IP58 certified – dust and water proof
– Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
DISPLAYTypeCapacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size1080 x 1920 pixels, 6.4 inches (~344 ppi pixel density)
MultitouchYes, up to 10 fingers
ProtectionShatter proof and scratch-resistant glass
– Triluminos display
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3 ringtones
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 64 GB
Internal16 GB, 2 GB RAM
DATAGPRSUp to 107 kbps
EDGEUp to 296 kbps
SpeedHSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v4.0 with A2DP
NFCYes
USBYes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
CAMERAPrimary8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus
FeaturesGeo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, sweep panorama
VideoYes, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization, HDR
SecondaryYes, 2 MP, 1080p@30fps
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8274 or MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
CPUQuad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
GPUAdreno 330
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
BrowserHTML5
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsBlack, White, Purple
– SNS integration
– TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery
Stand-byUp to 790 h (2G) / Up to 820 h (3G)
Talk timeUp to 14 h (2G) / Up to 16 h (3G)
Music playUp to 120 h



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Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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