Sony Xperia Z Ultra Poised to Take on the Galaxy Note 3

It’s possible that Sony could announce a super-sized edition of its Xperia X smartphone, the Xperia Z Ultra, at an event in early July.

That’s according to an invitation sent to Xperia Blog, which once translated, clearly indicates that Sony has something up its sleeves. On the invite, a large phone can be seen at an angle, running the length of the invitation lending credence to a large device being announced.

However, it’s the invitation’s translation from French to English that outright confirms that the company will announce a large phone. Roughly translated the text reads “Sony Mobile reserves a big surprise for you”.

The invitation to Sony Mobile's event, sent to Xperia Blog.

The invitation to Sony Mobile’s event, sent to Xperia Blog.

Not content with that hint, Sony has also went so far as to show a stylus writing out another message at the bottom of the invitation as well, reminding those invited to “not forget to mark [their] calendars”. That hint alone would indicate that whatever the company is launching is big enough to warrant a separate stylus, similar to the S Pen that Samsung ships with their Galaxy Note devices.

With the S Pen, Samsung Galaxy Note users can take handwritten notes in meetings and classes without having to worry about fidgeting with the device’s on-screen keyboard. For many users, it’s a better way of taking notes than carrying around a Bluetooth keyboard and looking for some place to set up.

The device pictured on the invitation seems to have all the design hallmarks that made Sony’s recent hit smartphone the Xperia Z so admired including a  thin profile and the same distinctive side-mounted power button. One huge design difference seems to be that of the Xperia Z Ultra’s water-resistant abilities.

The Sony Xperia Z won our best smartphone of CES 2013 award.

The Sony Xperia Z won our best smartphone of CES 2013 award.

While the Xperia Z is completely water-resistant, the device pictured in today’s invitation has an exposed headset jack, possibly indicating that users would be better off keeping it away from water just as they would many other smartphones. If the Xperia Z Ultra isn’t waterproof that would be a shame as the feature was one of the many reasons we awarded the Xperia Z our Best of Phone of CES Award.

The Xperia Z Ultra will reportedly boast a 6.44 inch display with a 1080P resolution, 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage space and an 8 megapixel camera for taking photos making it a solid competitor to not only the Galaxy Note 2 but the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that is rumored for later this year.