Sony Xperia Z Ultra 

Released July, 2013
  • Android 5.1
  • 4G
  • 6.4"
  • Quad core 2.2 GHz
Great display, Snapdragon 800 processor, good battery life, slim design is really impressive, waterproofing.
by PocketLint (Oct, 2013)
Fans of the Xperia line and Sony's software will no doubt love the phone, with the possible exception of battery life, but those who aren't loyal to the brand may find the durable metal casing and better display on the HTC One and the myriad features and replaceable battery on the Samsung Galaxy S4 more captivating.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)
8 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Performance

Processing power and speed

Xperia Z Ultra
8.9
Xperia Z1
8.6
Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Xperia Z Ultra
10.0
Xperia Z1
10.0
AnTuTu 3D

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Xperia Z Ultra
5.2
Xperia Z1
n.d.
Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G), Standby time and 1 more

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Xperia Z Ultra
8.1
Xperia Z1
8.0
Reviews from gsmarena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com, phonearena.com and 2 more

8

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Xperia Z Ultra
8.0
Xperia Z1
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Xperia Z Ultra
2,692
Galaxy S4
1,856

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Xperia Z Ultra
4,271
Galaxy S4
3,414
Xperia Z1
3,984

AnTuTu Memory, processor, graphics and storage performance

Xperia Z Ultra
34,363
Galaxy S4
24,894
Xiaomi Mi-3
36,188

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Xperia Z Ultra
3,089
Xperia Z1
2,185

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Xperia Z Ultra
9,607
Xperia Z1
9,244

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra


8.0
That quad core S4 Pro CPU was hot stuff in the fourth quarter of 2012, but in Q2 of 2013, the world has already moved on to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 that's clocked a bit higher and benchmarks even faster.

8.7
The Z Ultra towers above all those phablets not only in screen size, but in specs and design, too, so if you've thrown out ergonomics and pocketability with the decision to get one anyway, you might as well do the full song and dance.

8.0
The reason the phone is so big, is because the Z Ultra sports a 6.4-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

8.0
Where the Xperia Ultra Z made us want to cry with its camera performance, when it came to the media offerings, we were really impressed.

Overall

8.1 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

The only caveat is that the phone slightly underexposes the frames in sunlit conditions, even in Superior Auto mode, so you might want to bump up that exposure slider a notch before taking shots outside in the bright sunlight.
by PhoneArena (Aug, 2013)
The 6.4” screen is a Triluminous display with OptiContrast and X-Reality – behind all that marketing speak you see a Full HD display that is simply better than the one you'd find on the Xperia Z, for instance.
by PhoneArena (Aug, 2013)
The Xperia Z Ultra has the most beautiful display.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Video

1080p video capture is sharp, bright and image stabilization works well.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)
The phone chews through every major video format you load on it, and 1080p movies look gorgeous on that 6.4” screen in their native resolution.
by PhoneArena (Aug, 2013)
This automatically makes it the world's thinnest HD smartphone, and while the bezel to the sides of the display are very narrow, there's plenty of extra emtpy space to the top and bottom, making the Xperia Z Ultra longer than we'd like.
by PocketLint (Oct, 2013)

Apps

Gmail users are automatically signed in to Google's own email app which handles Gmail with style and seamlessly integrates with mailboxes, labels and so on.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
Sony's sound enhancement set is present also, with the ClearAudio+ music mode, and the Dynamic normalizer setting that evens out the volume between songs.
by PhoneArena (Aug, 2013)
It can be very agressive, but you can at least make sure that all those apps you love aren't pulling on your data connection while you're not looking at the phone.
by PocketLint (Oct, 2013)

Camera

Sure, Sony and others will say that you aren't buying this as a camera phone and most people who will want to take photos will use a dedicated camera.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
The 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and EXMOR RS sensor takes superb photos and has HDR for both photos and 1080p video.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)
Close up in macro mode, the Xperia Z Ultra can distinguish text.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Battery

A heavy gaming session of Zombieland, Real Racing 3, Riptide GP2, or a hour-long run using the GPS clearly has impact on the battery life remaining.
by PocketLint (Oct, 2013)
That capacity is plenty for way above average talk times, at 14 hours cited in 3G mode, and 22 days of standby.
by PhoneArena (Aug, 2013)
The battery life is quoted by Sony as having 16 hours max talktime, 820 hours of standby, 110 hours of music and seven hours of video playback.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Size 6.4"
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 344 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 2.2 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
RAM 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD

music

Headphone jack 3.5 mm
Supports FM radio Yes

software

Operating system Android 5.1
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11
Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Weight 212 g
Thickness 6.5 mm
Size 92.2 x 179.4 x 6.5 mm
Numeric keypad None
Keyboard None
Is waterproof No

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has a gyroscope No

photo & video

Camera 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP
Secondary camera 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown
Video output Micro USB

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. LTE Cat3
  3. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  4. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  5. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  6. LTE (20 Mb/s)
  7. HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
  8. LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
  9. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  10. LTE Cat 4 (150/)

battery

Talk time 840 min
Talk time (3G) 960 min
Standby time 52,128 min
Standby time (3G) 49,248 min
Capacity 3,050 mA·h
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