Sony Xperia Z Ultra is 'too much phone' for Malaysia?

Super-size might work for fries, but maybe not when it's a smartphone
Sony Xperia Z Ultra attracts quizzical stares in Malaysia

Announced globally in June, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is finally available in Malaysia for RM2299. The juggernaut phablet comes with 16GB of internal storage and microSD expandibility. What you'll get, though, is the non-LTE version. Sony Malaysia is still in talks to bring in the LTE version, with a target date of around September.

Packed with goodness

The phablet is rolled into a sleek body that measures 6.5mm, barely thicker than an audio jack. Based on the Xperia Z design, the Z Ultra is truly a behemoth – with an unprecedented 6.4 inch screen that overshadows even the Samsung Galaxy Note II's 5.5in display or Huawei Ascend Mate's 6.1in screen. 

Sony's Triluminous and X-Reality display technology, used in its  high-end LCD and upcoming 4K TVs, makes for an impressive-looking screen. The screen quality is crystal clear with well saturated colours similar to AMOLED-based displays.

Powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, the Z Ultra uses the latest Google Android 4.2 operating system.

Apart from that, the device is ready for water and dust. Like the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z, the Z Ultra works even when it is submerged under 1.5 metres of water for half an hour. Better still, no more silly rubber flaps over the headphone jack.

It also comes with NFC connectivity, a large 3000mAh battery and a combo of 2-megapixel camera for the front and 8-megapixel at the back. Curiously enough, there is no flash of any sort for the back module. Interestingly, Sony mentioned that the focus was on the screen rather than the camera.

Clearly, the industry is moving in two directions - bringing mini versions of flagship devices to the masses, and upsized models for movie buffs who want a gorgeous screen to view when they are on the go. Question is, should we call such smartphones phablets, or simply label them as tablets, when they cross the 7in tablet barrier? Let's give it a year before we answer this question.