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Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Specifications

Sony Xperia Z UltraNotebook: Sony Xperia Z Ultra (Xperia Series)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 330
Display: 6.44 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.212kg
Price: 799 euro
Average Score: 81.53% - good
Average of 17 scores (from 28 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 81%, features: 71%, display: 80% mobility: 99%, workmanship: 81%, ergonomy: 79%, emissions: 90%

Reviews for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra

90% Review Sony Xperia Z Ultra Smartphone | Notebookcheck
Ultra-huge. 6.4-inches, Full HD resolution and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. These are the impressive specs for the combination of a smartphone and a tablet. We are not concerned that the Xperia Ultra Z is not powerful enough to handle all upcoming tasks - but we are not so sure about the ergonomics. Operating the device with just one hand can be a real challenge.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Source: Inside HW English
Lastly, it only remains to give our opinion on Sony Xperia Z Ultra: it was made just so Sony could say they made the biggest phablet. Yes, enjoying multimedia content can be a great experience, in case you have very good headphones. Yes, you can draw with a graphite pencil, which is the most natural solution. Yes, it will draw attention wherever you decide to use this Goliath of smartphones. Yes, it can be used as any other smartphone.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/16/2014
80% Sony Xperia Z Ultra review
Source: Stuff TV English
And that's the primary reason for the Z Ultra missing out on a 5-star rating. Feel free to restore the fifth star (in your mind, rather than by hacking our website) if you couldn't give a hoot about the camera, but still make sure you also take a peek at our Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review before taking the plunge. To our minds that's still the phablet to beat.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/20/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% display: 80% workmanship: 90%
Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Review
Source: Slashgear English
The Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition carves out a rather unique place in the Google collection of devices. Here you've got an ideal middle-place between smartphone and tablet, edging a lot more in on the tablet side of things. In this device is the vision we had back at the dawn of small, transportable computers. The Z Ultra is not too big to fit in your (admittedly mega-sized) pocket, and it's not too small that you'd not consider it for a do-anything device on the go.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/03/2014
Video: Sony Xperia Z Ultra review - a phablet that's just too big
Source: PC Advisor English
The phablet has a whopping 6.4in display so is closer to the size of a Nexus 7 than a Nexus 5.The device is essentially a super-sized version of the Xperia Z1, with a few little differences. See also 17 best smartphones: The best phone you can buy in 2013 It's got the same stylish brushed aluminium edging, glass rear cover and a fully dust- and waterproof design. Build quality, like the other Xperia phones and Sony products in general, is excellent. The device is astonishingly thin.
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/24/2013
70% Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Source: Wired Magazine English
WIRED Water and dust resistant. Spectacularly bright display with great contrast and wide viewing angles. 3050 mAh battery easily lasts all day. TIRED It’s crazy big. Odd dock connector location on the left-hand side. Like on the Xperia Z, the tempered-glass front and rear panels ­are still huge fingerprint magnets. Grainy low-light photos.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/05/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Sony Xperia Z Ultra review
Source: Techradar English
The Xperia Z Ultra is one of those devices that makes you gasp. Partly because of its beautiful design and partly because its specs are so great. It's a phablet, but Sony wants you to also remember it's a phone. But if you even want to take occasional photos, then don't bother. Sony's really let itself down here. We admit that a camera on a phablet isn't the reason to buy a device, but we expected a lot more from Sony. This is an excellent phablet, and one that will impress many. But with the higher base price, it could be a lot more impressive in some areas.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/08/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Sony Xperia Z Ultra review
Source: T3 English
It looks great, it feels good in the hand - but it may just be too impossibly big to make phone calls in comfort and without embarrassment. This is a highly capable phone with lots going for it from strong battery life to decent Sony apps, a gorgeous screen to excellent styling. But you do need it to make phone calls, don't you? This is a phone that's worth trying in your hand(s) before you plump for it. If the size isn't a problem, this is a great phone - and the waterproof feature is a cool extra that makes great sense whether you're clumsy, eager to show off down the pub, or a mermaid.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/24/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Sony Xperia Z Ultra: The quad-core 2.2GHz MEGA SCREEN PHONDLESLAB
Source: Reg Hardware English
At more than £600 unlocked, the Ultra is far from cheap, though compared to a 64GB iPhone 5S it’s a steal. Price aside, the Z Ultra is now the definitive VLP. The screen is vast and visually stunning, the battery capacious, the media apps an object lesson in excellence, and the physical design impressive. And it’s waterproof, a first in class. Downsides? No LED flash and a rather mediocre camera, a fixed battery and a rather puny loudspeaker. Not everyone will think it worth close to twice the price of a Galaxy Mega 6.3 but if money is no object or you judge value on the Apple scale, you are unlikely to be disappointed.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/03/2013
70% Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review
Source: Techspot English
After enjoying my time with the Xperia Z, I have to say that I’m disappointed with the Xperia Z Ultra. The device is insanely fast and complemented by a massive, beautiful 1080p display, but Sony has failed to deliver the necessary software to take advantage of the phone’s interesting hardware features. Ultimately I can’t recommend this phone over Samsung’s Galaxy Note range, especially with the Galaxy Note III on the horizon, because it lacks an overall polish that you need from a large, note-taking-cum-multimedia device. In some respects the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is wonderful, but it’s the critical areas where it falls behind the mark.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/12/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review
Source: Think Digit English
This is undoubtedly the most powerful smartphone that money can buy today, full credit to the Snapdragon 800 processor. However, the huge screen does have its fans, and equally the critics. While we believe the size aspect is subjective, we would definitely complement the display for doing the job fairly well - bright and sharp. Build quality is carried forward from the Xperia Z. In a nutshell, this smartphone will appeal to a limited demographic, and within that, it does the job.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 90% features: 90% workmanship: 70%
65% Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review
Source: Tech2.in.com English
The Z Ultra is simply too unwieldy to be used as a primary phone. The camera quality is strictly average and the loud speaker is anything but that. And for this price, we expected at least 32GB of onboard memory. It does have an excellent display, however, and one of the fastest chipsets ever fitted to a phone, which makes it great for entertainment and gaming. If the two above mentioned points are your main criteria, then nothing beats the Z Ultra. For rest of us, we’ll just have to wait for Sony to bring this Triluminos goodness to a screen size that’s more pocketable.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/20/2013
Rating: Total score: 65%
the best phone you'll probably never buy
Source: Engadget English
Just like we saw with the Samsung Galaxy Mega, your decision to purchase the Xperia Z Ultra depends mostly on its size. The Z Ultra doesn't offer any unique traits that would make people want to deal with its massive frame if they don't want to, and the price is going to scare off shoppers who are on the fence.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/19/2013
Sony Xperia Z Ultra hands-on review: a 6.4-inch Android phablet
Source: PC Advisor English
We like the Sony Xperia Z Ultra but the size is an issue here. Do you really want a 6.4in smartphone? Maybe you do if you can't afford a smartphone and a tablet, but at with an expected price of £599 (TBC), it's hardly the most attractive option. Check back soon for a full review.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/06/2013
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Source: It Pro English
Even if the Ultra isn’t the “fastest” in terms of benchmarks when it is released later in the year, we envisage users will have no complaints about performance. Transitions between applications and homescreen are faultless. Playing resource hungry content such as multimedia or games won't prove a problem either.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/25/2013

Foreign Reviews

76% Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Source: Konsument.at - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 76%
96% Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Source: Chip Test & Kauf - Heft Nr. 1 (Dezember 2013/Januar 2014) German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 96%
83% Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Source: PC News - Heft 01/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 83%
96% Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Source: Chip Test & Kauf - Heft Nr. 1 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 96%
83% Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Source: PC News - Heft 1/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 83%
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Source: c't - Heft 24/2013 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/01/2013
85% Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Source: Connect - Heft 11/2013 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 85%
78% Sony Xperia Z Ultra Test: Sanfter Riese mit Top-Leistung
Source: Mobicroco German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/02/2013
Rating: Total score: 78% features: 80% workmanship: 77% ergonomy: 77%
89% Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Source: Computerbild - Heft 3/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/16/2013
Rating: Total score: 89%
85% Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Source: Connect - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 85%
Mini-Tablet mit Telefoniefunktion
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Negative: oversize smartphone
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/19/2013
Groß, größer, ultra - 6,4 Zoll für Tablet-Feeling
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Positive: very good capacity
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/11/2013
Sony “Phablet” Xperia Z Ultra mit 6,4 Zoll FullHD Display
Source: Area DVD German DE→EN
Positive: excellent display; very good design; very good performance; versatile configuration; long battery runtime
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/07/2013
Bekritzelbares XXL-Smartphone
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Positive: very good performance; very good functionality Negative: unusual format
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/26/2013

Comment

Model:

The Sony Xperia Ultra Z is a big device. With 6.44 inch it comes somewhere in between the largest phones and smallest tablets. According to Sony, it is the worlds slimmest and largest full HD smartphone display. The 1920x1080 resolution screen is undeniably gorgeous. Media addicts will love watching videos, browsing the web and reading ebooks on this device. The case made from tempered glass and metal is certainly impressively slim. The design is beautifully streamlined and clean. One downside is that the size makes it difficult to use with one hand, and it can be uncomfortable to hold, especially for long periods. It certainly will not fit in all but the biggest and deepest pockets, making it a difficult to carry around.

Powered by a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU and 2 GB of RAM, this phone is blazing fast. The 16 GB of internal storage can be expanded by up to 64 GB via microSD. This again makes it ideal for media. The phone's battery life is great and it will easily last a day and a half with moderate use. Sony claims that the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is built for rugged travel and will survive the dust of the desert or the waves of the ocean. It can also film in full HD while under water, and it can go down to about 5 feet for 30 minutes. At the end of the day, it is a great all-round device with great features and handsome look. It does not hurt that you can take it swimming with you, too. 

Qualcomm Adreno 330: Integrated graphics card in some Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs, supports OpenGL ES 3.0

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


800 MSM8974:

High-end ARM SoC with 4 CPU cores up to 2.3 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU up to 450 MHz. Based on Qualcomm's Krait 400 architecture and is manufactured in a 28nm HPM process.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


6.44": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.212 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


Sony: Sony Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Japan. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. The company was founded 1946 with another name and renamed in 1958. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other. Sony is a notebook manufacturer of medium size according international market shares.

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81.53%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.


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Devices with the same GPU

» Sony Xperia Z3v
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.2", 0.17 kg
» HTC Desire EYE
unknown, 5.2", 0.154 kg
» BlackBerry Passport
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 4.5", 0.196 kg
» Motorola Moto X 2014
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.2", 0.145 kg
» Sony Xperia Z3
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.2", 0.152 kg
» Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 4.6", 0.129 kg
» Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 8.0", 0.27 kg
» HTC One M8 For Windows
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.0", 0.16 kg
» Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport
unknown, 5.1", 0.16 kg
» ZTE Grand S Pro
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.0", 0.16 kg
» Amazon Fire
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 4.7", 0.16 kg
» HTC One E8
unknown, 5.0", 0.145 kg
» Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.1", 0.17 kg
» Asus PadFone X
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 9.0", 0.514 kg
» LG G3
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.5", 0.149 kg
» Nokia Lumia 930
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.17 kg
» Samsung Galaxy S5
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.1", 0.145 kg
» HTC One M8
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.0", 0.16 kg
» Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB, 10.1", 0.425 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE-Version
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 10.1", 0.477 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 8.4", 0.331 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 12.2", 0.753 kg
» Sony Xperia Z2
Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.2", 0.163 kg
» LG Optimus G Pro 2
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.9", 0.17 kg
» Nokia Lumia Icon
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.17 kg
» Sony Xperia Z1s
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.16 kg
» Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 4.3", 0.137 kg
» LG G Flex
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 6.0", 0.176 kg
» Asus New Padfone
Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 10.1, 5.0", 0.145 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-07- 3 (Update: 2013-07- 3)