It looks like smartphones are getting bigger and bigger by the day. Sony has come out with what is arguably, the biggest smartphone of all. Is this going to be the standard?

Design

Sony seems to have found its groove for its Xperia phones as the general design elements remain pretty similar. Looking from the back, you will see shades of the Xpreia Z in the rigid corners. The entire front is made of the screen and the back simply has the Xperia name, with the 8 megapixel camera located at the top corner. The button layout is classic Xperia, with the big silver power button on top of the volume rockers. They are all positioned right where your right thumb would land.

Of course, because of the IP certification, we have come to expect from all Sony phones, almost every port is covered with a piece of rubberized plastic. This could probably be the reason why you have to press much harder for the microSD port to close properly.

Even with the white addition, the black sleek design is still in full force. The Xperia Z Ultra is 6.5mm thick and 212 grams light. The Ultra is like a featherweight of a phone that feels simplistic despite not quite being so in smartphone standards.

In the hand, the Xperia Z ultra can be confused for a small tablet. As such, working with one hand is never ideal but you could always try. However, turning the phone on its side and working in landscape mode gives you a much more natural feel since the bezels at the top and bottom are large enough for your thumbs.

Other features

While it’s thin enough to fit in most pockets, the Xperia Z Ultra is so tall that it will stick right out. This phone has a 6.4 inch display and 1080p resolution. Capable of 344ppi, this display is also backed by the Tri-Luminous feature and the X Reality image processing engine. The enhancements on display since the Xperia Z give a good level of contrast.

Even so, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra does leave a lot to be desired when out in bright light. Ultimately, this smartphone was built more for indoor usage. This smartphone also has the ability to identify touches from a myriad of metal surfaces.

The Xperia Z comes with a Snapdragon 800 and 2.2GHZ. This package is rounded up by the Adreno330 and 2GB RAM. Performance and practice is better than ever as all elements fly by and multitasking with several different elements is easy.

The Z Ultra is dust and water resistant. It has 16GB internal memory and a microSD slot for expandability. As far as sensors go, the Ultra Z lags behind because it lacks IR blaster. Various versions of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra are available for various networks and LTE connectivity. The battery is a 3,050mAh and is incredibly thin. It has battery saving features which help the phone get through a whole day.

The Camera and OS

The Xperia Z Ultra camera does not include flash, but that does not reduce the quality of pictures. Even though you may not want to take a lot of shots when it’s dark, you will get the best shots in good lighting.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra also comes with the UI that looks like the Ice-Cream Sandwich Android version while being fully Jellybean 4.2.2. This smartphone also comes with an in-built way of connecting your PS3 controller to the phone.

Price

All this will set you back about $800 to $850.

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