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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.



  1. maaen

    06/14/2013 at 2:21 am

    To give a phone an award for its waterproofing quality is a bit of a gimicky thing to do …Samsung deserves accolades many times over for giving us removable batteries …that is an award totally deserved because Samsung actually thought of the end user in a very sensible way.There is no consideration for the end user when one make a product waterproof at the cost of a removable battery…think about it….if wisdom had anything to do with awarding prizes then a phone with removable batteries wins all the way..
    For the sake of the end user who should always be your main concern you should consider the basic functions of gadgets first and fall for the cosmetic appearance as a secondary value….If Sony persist in non removable batteries they may have a good looking phablet but it will not sell as well as the The Galaxy Note.

    • Anirban Mukherjee

      06/14/2013 at 2:51 am

      yeah sure. The end user can have all the fun he wants by removing his battery and playing feth with it after his device has shortcircuited by falling into a spat with some teensy bit of rain.
      – An end user

    • Linda Greenwood

      06/16/2013 at 3:02 pm

      I agree. I love my Note 2 and would have considered the one coming out from Sony but not at the expense of a replaceable battery

  2. Travis Pope´s Husband

    06/25/2013 at 10:10 pm

    Hey Twerp that “stylus” you say means yo can use any object to write on the screen: pen, pencil, chopstick, tooth stick, finger, any cellphone stylus, etc…It is not included with the Smartphone like Note2

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