Sony has revealed the Xperia Z Ultra, a huge-yet-thin smartphone that's packing enough beefy specs to pre-emptively bring the fight to the likes of the unannounced Samsung Galaxy Note 3. And given what it's packing beneath its slick innards, the Galaxy Note 3 should have something to worry about.
Super-thin, Super-fast, Super-smart
The 212g Xperia Z Ultra is the world's thinnest smartphone with a full HD display, measuring in at just a tad thicker than the non-HD Huawei Ascend P6, at 6.5mm thin. It has a giant 6.4in full HD display featuring Sony's own Bravia Triluminous display technology which provides a larger range of natural colours and its X-Reality engine can upscale standard YouTube videos, adding extra pixels to improve the quality.
Not only that, but thanks to what we're assuming is some form of secretive tech witchcraft, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra's screen will work with any regular pen or pencil, meaning you'll always have a stylus at hand.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is also the first phone in the world that will land with Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon 800 processor (the one that supports 4K video and 7.1 virtual surround sound), along with 2GB RAM to power Android Jelly Bean 4.2.
An 8MP rear-facing camera with facial recognition for easy Facebook tagging is coupled with a front-facing 2MP camera for video calls while 16GB of expandable storage and NFC are thrown in for good measure.
The Xperia Z Ultra also has a large 3,000mAh battery to power all that delicious screen real estate along with the same Stamina mode found in the Xperia Z which will hopefully deliver on its promise of increasing standby duration by four times.
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Too big to handle? Sony has you covered
If the ludicrous size of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra isn't enough to put you off making phone calls (it should be) then you can always get Sony's newly announced Smart Bluetooth handset which you can use to make and receive calls as well as stream music/listen to the radio. A much more sensible option, unless you like being stared at.
Wet 'n Wild
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra also packs the same waterproof smarts as its smaller Xperia Z brother, meaning it can survive a dip or too without flickering off to an untimely death.
It will be out "later this year" (Q3 2013) at an undisclosed price in Black, White and purple, so stay tuned for our full review to see if this behemoth can knock the HTC One off Stuff's Top 10 smartphone list.