Sony hints at the release of an Xperia phablet in Paris July 4th
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There is no denying that smarphones are getting bigger. Every few months we've seen new models that push the limit farther between phone and tablet. The largest models available these days are only marginally smaller than the more portable 7-inch tablets. Sony's rumored new Xperia Z Ultra would be near the top of that size range and would have to compete with a long list of oversized phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and the LG Optimus G Pro.
The Ultra is reported to run on a Snapdragon 800 2.2 GHz quad-core processor and Adreno 330 graphics. It will apparently also have a 6.44-inch 1080p Triluminos display that incorporates Sony's X-Reality technology to improve image quality. Other features include 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, a MicroSD slot, an 8 MP rear-facing camera, and a 2.2 MP front-facing camera.
Like other recent Sony products (Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia Z smartphone), the Xperia Ultra is rumored to be light (212 g or 0.46 pounds), thin (6.5 mm or 0.25 inches), and water and dustproof. There are also hints at a stylus but no word about whether or not this is an N-Trig digitizer stylus like those we've seen in Sony's Duo convertible line.
With rumors and leaked pictures of the Z Ultra circulating on the internet for weeks, Sony Mobile's media invitation to an event in Paris on July 4th all but confirms the launch of the new device.