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Sony preparing a phablet called the Xperia Z Ultra

Sony will launch a so-called phablet device (commonly referred to as a device that comes with a display bigger than 5in) called the Xperia Z Ultra (or ZU) according to Taiwanese website, ePrice.

The device is essentially a bigger version of the Sony Xperia Z and the piece-de-resistance will be a 6.44in full HD display (the Xperia Z has a 5in display) with Triluminos, OptiContrast and X Reality display technologies.

Another interesting addition is the arrival of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, a quad-core model which will be clocked at 2.2GHz and is likely to be the fastest SoC when it hits the market later this year.

The rest of the configuration of the Z Ultra is fairly similar to the Xperia Z; 2GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, dustproof and waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 minutes).

The battery is expected to be a 3,000mAh model while the rear camera is, surprisingly said to be an 8-megapixel model (the Xperia Z has a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor).

Contrary to what has been written elsewhere, ePrice is adamant that Sony's first phablet won't have any stylus like the Galaxy Note series. The Xperia ZU is expected to be unveiled on 25 June in Paris and should be available in the third quarter of the year at a higher price point than the Xperia Z.

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