Sony Mobile has lifted the lid on its first phablet, the 6.4 inch Xperia Z Ultra.
The handset will hit the market during the third quarter of this year. The waterproof and dustproof device has a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The handset is only 6.5mm thick and weighs 212g. Sony Mobile is heavily pushing its imaging technology, with its X-Reality 'super resolution' display. Similar to rival Samsung's phablets, consumers can use a stylus to write on the device. The handset also features an 8MP camera.
The handset also shares some of Sony Mobile's smartphone features, such as its Battery Stamina mode, which stretches its life by up to four times. Consumers can also get a free trial of Sony's Music Unlimited2 service.
Calum McDougall, director of Xperia marketing at Sony Mobile, 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.'
The manufacturer also revealed a smartwatch at its London event, which it described as a second screen for its Android devices. Consumers can access notifications from messages, calls, email, Facebook and Twitter by using the SmartWatch 2. Photos can be taken remotely and music players can be controlled using the device. The watch will go on sale from September.
Stefan K Persson, head of companion products at Sony Mobile, said: 'Competitors are only now launching first generation devices, while we are already launching a 3rd generation device with all the insight gained from over half a million customers combined with Sony’s wealth of technology expertise to create the best ever smartwatch experience.'
Author: Graeme Neill