Samsung’s supremacy in the phablet market is in for a challenge from Sony, which is preparing to launch the Xperia Z Ultra phablet in July. Rumors to this end sparked off after the device appeared on a French press invitation to Sony’s July 4th smartphone-launch event in Paris. Xperia blog, one of the recipients to the event, likens the oversized device to the Xperia Z Ultra.
The rumored Xperia Z Ultra is coming with a pencil resembling the Stylus of Samsung Galaxy Note series. The phablet-like size and Stylus accompaniment have led tech enthusiasts to presume that it will rival Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 or the much-awaited Note 3.
Leaked specs from Chinese website ePrice say that the device will have a 6.44-inch IPS LCD screen having a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 342ppi. The device will likely feature Sony’s X-Reality engine, succeeding its Mobile Bravia Engine 2, and OptiContrast technology. It will boast a 3,000mAh battery, 16GB built-in memory, and NFC, Wi-Fi and MHL connectivity features. Powered by a whopping 2.2GHz Snapdragon chip and 2GB RAM, the device is likely to have far-fetched capabilities.
The rear camera will have an Exmor RS 8MP sensor with HDR, while the front camera will have a 1.3MP Exmor R. By comparison, the Galaxy Note 3’s rumored 13MP rear camera will have the edge. However, display-wise, the Xperia Z Ultra will outshine the Galaxy Note 3’s 5.99-inch screen. The leak via ePrice also shows that the Xperia Z Ultra has both IP55 and IP58 certifications, meaning that it will be water and dust resistant like Xperia Z, Sony’s current flagship smartphone.
Will the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – expected in September – have the vigor to beat the sleek and gorgeous Xperia Z Ultra coming in July?