Smartphones, smart watch sold off-contract, unlocked from Sony directly
Sony has put two new Xperia smartphones and an upgraded smart watch on sale in the United States, off-contract. The unlocked Xperia Z Ultra LTE and Xperia Z1 have gone on sale through the company's online store, and are accompanied by the follow-up to the SmartWatch, the SmartWatch 2, which also goes on sale today.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra packs in plenty of high-tech features for enthusiasts
Sony dropped something of a bombshell on the Android 'phablet' competition when it revealed the gargantuan Xperia Z Ultra. The device is one of the largest yet in the smartphone-come-tablet category, boasting a huge 6.4-inch 1080p Triluminos IPS display. Even Samsung, which is renowned for creating a market for this category of over-sized mobile devices with telephony capabilities, does not yet have a device with a larger display -- admittedly it comes close, with the Galaxy Mega at 6.3-inches, but that device is not in the same class as the Xperia Z Ultra in the specifications department.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra gets Hong Kong pricing, launches end July
The 6.4-inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra has been priced at US$799 for its Hong Kong launch text at the end of this month, which buys the 3G HSPA+ model (C6802/XL39h). The 4G LTE version (C6833) is also available on launch for $824, which puts the model at the very high end of the smartphone segment. Although not yet formally priced for the North American market, its Asian pricing is indicative of what it will cost when it launches this quarter.
Xperia Z Ultra debuts new stylus tech, uses regular pens, pencils
Sony has unveiled its heavily rumored Xperia Z Ultra (pdf) phablet packing a 6.4-inch 1080p Triluminos display, the Sony smartphone to use the technology. Confirming rumors, the Xperia Z Ultra is also capable of supporting input with any pencil, capacitive stylus or pen. Rounding out the package, the Ultra is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.2GHz with support for 4G LTE networks.
Sony Xperia Z set to add Snapdragon 800 CPU in mid-cycle upgrade?
Although the Xperia Z powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro has yet to officially arrive in the US, serial Russian smartphone leaker Eldar Murtazin has tweeted that he has already been testing an upgraded Xperia Z prototype running the new Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU. According to Murtazin, the upgraded Xperia Z is “really fast,” while he also says the screen appears to be an upgraded LCD3-type, like the much praised display on the HTC One. However, Murtazin is not convinced that Sony will necessarily use this display when it goes into production.