Unlike a couple of years ago, when the phablet market was dominated by Samsung’s Galaxy Notes, the 5.5+ inch segment has a lot of high-end handsets you can choose from. Everybody expects the Galaxy Note 3 to extent Samsung’s domination on the segment, but there are at least two powerful handsets that will compete against the Sammy phablet: HTC One Max and Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
Since the One Max and the Xperia Z Ultra are the most powerful Note 3 rivals, we though we should put them head to head in a specs battle.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra was introduced by the Japanese company this July and it was released on the market about a month later. Z Ultra is one of the first 6+ inch smartphones to come with 1080p display and, just like the Xperia handsets launched ahead of it, it has a water and dust proof case.
Key Features For Sony Xperia Z Ultra
- 8 MP Primary Camera with Auto Focus
- Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
- 6.4-inch Full HD Display
- 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core Processor
- Full HD Recording
- 16 GB Internal Memory and 2 GB RAM
- Ultra Slim; Dust-proof and Water Resistant
- 2 MP Secondary Camera
- NFC Enabled
- Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot Support
Bringing larger than life entertainment to the palm of your hand, the Xperia Z Ultra is Sony’s answer to all your recreational needs. Incorporating the world’s largest display screen on the slimmest of bodies, this smartphone is sure to be neighbour’s envy and owner’s pride.
Processor and OS
With single GSM microSIM support, the smartphone runs on the Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system which is fast and simple apart from bringing nifty features like NFC compatibility, bundled notifications, better camera application, easier messaging apart from a fully customizable lock screen and a smoother overall experience.
Supporting the OS is the powerful 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core processor backed by 2 GB RAM. Multitasking is a breeze; open multiple apps and perform everyday tasks with ease and a smoothness that is easy to get used to. The cores are asynchronous which ensures that battery is not wasted and you get power when you actually need it. The Adreno 330 graphics lets you enjoy an immersive gaming experience.
The phone also supports pen input and can transform your handwritten notes into text and save them.
Maximise the life you live with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra that comes with a massive 6.4 inch TFT capacitive TRILUMINOUS display with X-Reality for mobile and full HD resolution that ensures that you see images in rich, natural colors. With a massive 342 pixels per inch and without any jagged edges, the display ensures that the lines between reality and entertainment are blurred – all packed into the slimmest of bodies.
With a shatter proof sheet on scratch resistant glass, the only way the Z Ultra is getting scratched is if you will it so. What’s more, use it in the rain or take it to the pool side without worry about messing it up for the device is built to bewaterproof.
The phone sports an 8 megapixel primary camera with a 2 megapixel secondary camera and is capable of full HD video recording as well. The superior Auto mode ensures that you don’t really need to know the mechanics of a camera to take exemplary pictures. With features like HDR and sweep panorama, the photography enthusiast in you jumps for joy at the clarity of the photos you will click on the Xperia Z Ultra.
Battery and Storage
With amazing battery backup of 16 hours on 3G networks, the phone is powered by a 3050 mAh battery to support the beautiful display. The battery STAMINA mode is also engineered to save power when the phone is in standby. And the internal memory of 16 GB can be expanded up to 64 GB with a microSD card.
OneTouch functions make every single action you perform with the phone a couple of shades easier. The device is equipped with NFC support, bluetooth and the microUSB port can be used to transfer data as well. Blazing fast linking up with the internet is possible with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra that supports GPRS, EDGE, 3G and Wi-Fi as well as tethering via microUSB and Wi-Fi hotspots.