Sony Xperia Z Ultra
The tough phablet
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra, released last July is dust protected, low pressure water jet protected, and waterproof (allowing 1.5 meter of water immersion for up to 30 minutes), shatter-proof and scratch resistant, making it the world’s thinnest IP certified smartphone. Being waterproof means that you can use it in bath, the rain, or take it with you to the pool or beach. Although lacking a rear LED flash, the phone’s cameras are capable of taking pictures/videos at any light and even underwater. Xperia Z Ultra also features Sony’s own applications like Walkman, PlayStation Mobile (Dualshock 3 is natively supported), battery stamina mode, several Google apps also come preloaded
Xperia Z Ultra has capacitative touchscreen, 16M colors and 1080 x 1920 pixels, 6.4 inch in size and 7.48 oz in weight. Because of the size it is multi-touch, up to 10 fingers and the phones on-screen keyboard and dialer can be switched to either sides for users to easily reach all keys with only the thumb. The exterior design is really attractive with a combination of a metallic frame and tempered glass on both front and rear.
Features a microSD memory card slot up to 64 GB and 16 GB, 2 GB RAM of internal memory. The camera has an 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels that include Geo0tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, and HDR and sweep panorama. The video has 1080p@30fps, video stabilization, and HDR and check quality. Secondary camera is 2 MP with 1080p@30fps. Complete with GPRS (with A-GPS support and GLONASS), EDGE, WLAN, USB, Java (via Java MIDP emulator).
The Xperia Z Ultra uses Android for its OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean) and is the first smartphone announced with the Qualcomm MSM8274/MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset and Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 for its CPU and Adreno 330 for its GPU. For connectivity, the phone has LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi and screen mirroring. Sony will also release a Smart Bluetooth Handset (SBH52) that allows answering calls without taking the phablet out, as well as reading call logs and text messages, listening to music and FM radio.
So far, in this few months after the release the only problem experienced by users is the display. The problem is when trying to unlock the phone, with the display refusing to switch on. No comment from Sony has come out yet, but a new 14.1.B510 major firmware update has started rolling out in the Asia-Pacific region which includes: overall performance increase and improvement in battery life, new stock widgets, multiple small apps can now be opened at once, refreshed design (messenger and e-mail apps), superior auto mode for the camera, one-handed text input now possible and background UI has gone white-grey.
It still has a long way to go, considering it just recently came out.