Sony Xperia Z Ultra review

Is it a tablet? Is it a phone? Really... do you care?

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For web browsing, we'd argue that there are few devices in this league. Quite simply, the Xperia Ultra is unmatched here. It's brilliant.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

This is for several reasons. Firstly, that screen. The pixel density is so great that text feels like it pops out, and although mobile versions of sites tend to load first, when you switch to desktop versions they compel you to look at them. Colours are vivid and browsing is a real pleasure here.

That would be nothing if loading speeds were rubbish, but web pages load in milliseconds. That's partly due to the software, partly due to the processor speed and partly due to the connection.

Remember, the Xperia Ultra supports both HSDPA+ and LTE as well as high speed Wi-Fi. In fact, we loaded up the TechRadar site (which isn't particularly light) and it was there within two seconds, letting us pan around and ready to browse fully in just under four.

That was on Wi-Fi. LTE was almost the same. It really is phenomenal.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

As for streaming video, you won't find much support for Flash. Indeed, you won't find any. Adobe has pulled its love for what was once the jewel in its crown.

'Too buggy' was the excuse. It's still technically possible to load Flash on if you go through the back door route as we did, but most people won't bother. And that's because they won't need to.

Most websites have modernised now and pulled their reliance on Flash, so it's less of an issue than it once was. There are still some that will give you that annoying 'plugin needed' symbol, however.

As for the bookmarking, you'll find that all of your bookmarks are brought across from Chrome, so long as you give the Xperia Ultra permission to import them.

That's because Chrome is the only browser on here. Sony hasn't been tempted, like other OEMs, to stick its own browser in – something which just confuses things a lot of the time.

Chrome is the default Android browser – it has been for a little while now - and it's a very stable, comprehensive offering. Bookmarks are shown with thumbnails and you can add them from your device, your computer or anywhere else. Since they're all synced, in the cloud, they'll show up wherever you look. Great, huh?

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.34 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXperia Z Ultra
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 850, LTE 900, LTE 1700, LTE 1800, LTE 1900, LTE 2100, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD Extended Capacity (microSDXC)
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time16 Hour
Screen Size16.3 cm (6.4")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)212 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density344 ppi
Front Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Height179.4 mm
Width92.2 mm
Depth6.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time820 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXperia Z Ultra Smartphone
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon 800
Product LineXperia Z Ultra
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number1276-0434
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationThe world's largest Full HD smartphone display

The first Android smartphone with a 6.4" Full HD Display - and the first one ever to incorporate a TRILUMINOS™ Display with X-Reality for mobile - Xperia Z Ultra is the smartphone that takes you beyond your wildest dreams. The result? An on-the-go viewing experience that maximises everything.

The world's slimmest Full HD smartphone

With its 6.5 mm body, reflective glass surface and at 212 grams, this premium big screen phone is impressively slim, light and slick.