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Sony unveils Xperia Z Ultra: 6.4in phablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

Sony Mobile announced its first big-screen smartphone today in London, at a special Xperia event (which we covered live) and in Shanghai at the Mobile Asia Expo. Other than the fact that this smartphone, the Xperia Z Ultra, takes over the Sony Xperia Z as the company’s top of the range, it also comes out of the ranks for a couple of reasons.

It is the first handset on the market to come up with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 4G LTE connectivity and clocked at 2.2GHz, making it the fastest smartphone on the market by a good margin.

It also comes with a 6.44in display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution that uses X-Reality and Triluminos technologies and on which one can use a pencil, stylus or pen to write and sketch. Sony says that the scratch-resistant glass display is covered with a shatter proof sheet.

Other notable features include a 14-hours battery life (thanks to a 3,000mAh battery), a 6.5mm body and a weight of 212g, IP55 and IP58 ratings (which means that it is both dustproof and waterproof). Sony swapped the Xperia Z’s 13-megapixel shooter for an 8-megapixel model that comes with Exmor RS technology.

The device will be available in the third quarter of 2013 in selected territories

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