Sony launches large-screen waterproof Xperia Z Ultra


Device described as the world’s slimmest and having the largest full HD smartphone screen, as manufacturer also unveils the SmartWatch 2 

Sony Mobile has announced the Xperia Z Ultra, which it is pitching as the slimmest large-screen smartphone available.

At 6.5 mm thick and with a 6.4-inch full HD touchscreen, the Xperia Z will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2GHz quad-core CPUs.

The screen incorporates the manufacturer’s ‘Triluminos Display for mobile’ powered by ‘X-Reality for mobile engine’, which increases picture quality.

The Xperia Z Ultra has a rating of IP55 and IP58, making it dust and waterproof, with the ability to also film in full HD underwater.

It comes with Sony’s ‘Battery Stamina Mode’, which improves standby time by up to four times as it recognises when the user is not using their screen and automatically turns off the functions that aren’t needed.

There is an eight megapixel camera and 16GB of internal memory that can be expanded by up to 64GB with a microSD card. It is also NFC-enabled, meaning music, photos and videos can be shared with other NFC-enabled Sony devices through tapping the products together.

It will go on sale globally from Q3, with exact timing of availability varying by market.

Sony Mobile Communications director of Xperia marketing Calum MacDougall said: “The Xperia Z Ultra is the most exciting revolution in large-screen smartphone entertainment devices with both the slimmest and largest Full HD smartphone display in the world that is second to none.

“We’re already bringing the best of Sony technology and design across a range of premium smartphones and tablets, and now we are bringing this same premium offering to the large-screen smartphone segment, setting a new standard for others to follow.”

Sony also unveiled the SmartWatch2, which it said is the world’s first water resistent smartwatch with NFC connectivity.

It has a 1.6-inch screen that is splashproof and ‘sunlight readable’. Sony said it comes with the longest battery life for a smartwatch, providing typical usage of three-to-four days.

The manufacturer described the device as a “multi-functional message notification device, Android app interface and music remote”.

It is NFC-enabled for one-touch pairing with other Sony devices with users able to access messages, calls, emails, calendar or use it as a remote for their Walkman or other digital player.

The SmartWatch 2 will be available globally from September.