At a press conference during the Mobile Asia Expo trade show in Shanghai today, Sony revealed the Xperia Z Ultra, a new smartphone/tablet hybrid with a huge 6.4-inch display, which boasts a 1080p resolution. Sony claims the Xperia Z Ultra is the world’s slimmest full HD smartphone, although there will be many who say a device with such a massive screen can’t really be called a phone at all.
How thin? It’s a mere 6.5mm, which is very close to the Ascend P6‘s 6.18mm chassis, but the Xperia Z Ultra does weigh 212 grams. But then, it is a tablet. The processor tasked with running the Z Ultra is the very latest Snapdragon 800 chip, with a clock speed of 2.2GHz, making it one of the fastest smart devices available.
Android 4.2 is the operating system, and Sony has added an 8 megapixel camera to the rear of the super-thin device, plus there is NFC, 16GB of internal memory, and a microSD card slot. Instead of including a stylus, like the Galaxy Note 2, Sony says you can use a regular pencil to sketch on the screen and, like the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z, the Z Ultra is waterproof and dust resistant.
There’s no indication of how much the Xperia Z Ultra will cost, but it’s set to go on sale after the summer, and it will get a global release. You can take a look at Sony’s promotional video for the Z Ultra below.