SIM-Free Pricing For The Sony Xperia Z Ultra In The UK Revealed

Sony Mobile is currently hitting the news on account of its recently launched Xperia Z Ultra phablet. The handset has been causing plenty of excitement in recent weeks, and was announced earlier this week.


While the phablet niche is seeing increasing levels of competition, with ever more advanced offerings, the Xperia Z Ultra certainly looks capable of competing in terms of its specifications. The device packs a huge 6.4 inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and Android 4.2.2 Jellybean OS. Like its Xperia Z counterpart, the phone is officially rated as waterproof, and offered in the same purple, black and white colour options.


Of course, with such high-end specifications the Sony Xperia Z Ultra commands a rather hefty price tag, for those who choose to purchase a SIM free handset as opposed to a pay monthly contract. Unwired View has recently reported on details regarding the pricing of the handset, after a prominent UK retailer has listed the SIM free handset for pre-order. The phone is listed with a price of £499.99, but this excludes UK VAT (20%). With the VAT included, this brings the price of the handset to £599.99.


Of course, the appealing features offered by the Xperia Z Ultra mean that some will choose to buy the SIM free model, and simply insert the SIM card of their choice. However, with such a high price tag, we expect pay monthly contracts to of course be the most popular means of getting the phone. Three was the first network to confirm that it will be carrying the Xperia Z Ultra on pay monthly deals, but we of course expect a number of other networks to be keen to carry the device. Furthermore, several high profile high street retailers in the UK have also confirmed that they will be stocking the Xperia Z Ultra.


It is currently believed that the handset will be made available in the UK from September, but we will let you know when we hear of more specific release dates, as well as information from networks and contracts.

Source: Unwired View

Leaked Snaps Of The New Xperia Honami Give Us Clues About Its Design And Features

Sony released their flagship Sony Xperia Z handset at the beginning of the year and over the past few months the device has proved to be a big success with consumers across the globe. Recently we have been hearing about several new models set to be released by the Japanese manufacturer to accompany this handset and one is the Sony Xperia Honami. Over the past few days we have seen numerous leaked shots of this model which reveal some aspects of the models specification and features.

Over the last week several leaked images of the new Xperia Honami have emerged but the latest set gives us a much clearer indication about the design of the phone along with some idea about its features. The latest pictures show the handset from all sides and it is clear to see that the model will sport a matte finish back panel with a pattern embossed on it rather than the glass panel that had been rumoured. Of course the handset may not be the final version so this is subject to change. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this latest leaks is that it reveals that the camera on the phone may be accompanied by a Xenon flash. The model is rumoured to offer one of the mest camera facilities around with 20 mega pixel resolution and a 1/1.6″ sensor.

Sony will be hoping that their new selection of devices will compliment their existing range of handsets which include the best selling Sony Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL. What is pleasing about the latest images of the forthcoming Honami is that there seems to be a dedicated camera button which is a great addition on a model set to offer such superb camera facilities. The new leaks have also shown the model in a white finish which leads us to believe that we will have the option of at least two colour variants when the model is finally released. Other specification on the model is set to include a 5 inch 1080P display and the brand new Snapdragon 800 chipset.

We are expecting to see the new Honami released later in the year and Sonny will be hoping that the model proves to be as popular as some of their other 2013 devices such as the Sony Xperia Z.

Several European Markets See Release Of Android 4.2.2 Jellybean OTA Update For The Sony Xperia Z

Sony Mobile has recently been hitting the headlines after the announcement of its first phablet model earlier this week, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Earlier this year, the company also released its newest flagship Android device, the Sony Xperia Z.


The device quickly became one of the most popular Android smartphone models of the year, clocking up millions of sales in several countries, and gaining widespread acclaim from critics and positive reviews. The phone is by far the most impressive offering to date from the Japanese manufacturer, boasting key features like a 5 inch 1080p display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 13 megapixel camera and android jellybean operating system. The phone is also officially rated as waterproof thanks to it 55 and IP 57 certifications, an attribute which sets the device apart from the majority of competing high end smart phones.


The operating system of choice for the Xperia Z is Android 4.1.2 Jellybean. However, the Google owned operating system has since been updated to a newer version, and during the last few months owners of the device and several other Xperia models have been eagerly awaiting its release. Owners of several Xperia models were left disappointed after the update was delayed a number of times. However, GSM Arena reports that finally looks like the Android 4.2.2 Jellybean OS update is now beginning to roll out to the Xperia Z as an OTA update.


The website reports that the update is now beginning to roll out to the LTE version of the handset in Spain and Ukraine. Additionally, networks and Austria, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands have also approved the update are now beginning to make it available to owners of the phone on pay monthly contracts. The update will see several performance optimisations and bug fixes, along with a handful of new features.


In the UK, the update is yet to be rolled out, but with a number of other European markets beginning to see its release, we expect SIM free models to receive the update imminently, and the majority of handsets locked to particular networks to follow suit over the next couple of weeks. When we hear more news about the availability of the Android 4.2.2 Jellybean update for the Sony Xperia Z, we will be sure to keep you posted.

Leading UK Retailer Confirm They Will Stock The New Sony Xperia Z Ultra

The Sony Xperia Z has proved to be one of the most successful Android devices ever released by the Japanese company and they are set to cash in on the popularity of the handset with the new Xperia Z Ultra, a model boasting similarly high specification but in a size more comparable with the Samsung Galaxy note. The model was officially unveiled just a few days ago and now one leading UK retailer has expressed its plans to stock the new device.

There is no doubt that after the new Sony Xperia Z Ultra device has been released for a few weeks we will see a number of retailers opting to stock the handset if early sales prove positive. One retailer in the UK are not waiting to see how the model performs and are intending to stock the model right from its official release. The retailer is Phones 4 U and they are enabling consumer to pre register their interest in the phone both online and instore. An exact release for this large screened new device has not been confirmed as yet and neither has pricing but we will be sure to let you know as soon as announcements are made.

The new Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the newest addition to the growing Xperia family and its key selling points is its massive 6.44 inch display. This will see the model go head to head with other leading phablet devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Sony are highlighting the new Stamina mode on the device which is designed to preserve battery life, a potentially important inclusion given the amount of strain the large display is likely to place on the battery. The battery that is included on the model is a 3050mAh cell so there looks as though there will be plenty of life even for the most demanding users. Other features on the model are set to include the ability to use any item as a stylus and also NFC connectivity options.

The new Sony Xperia Z Ultra will be hitting the UK very soon and Phones 4 U are the first retailer over here to signal their intentions of stocking the new device.

Three The First UK Network To Confirm It Will Carry The Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Earlier this week, Sony announced its first foray into the phablet market, the Xperia Z Ultra. The device, which was previously codenamed as the Togari has seen excellent first impressions from critics and reviewers, on account of its stylish design and high-end features.


The spec list of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra certainly ticks all the boxes, and makes it one of the most advanced models to be released this year. Like its Xperia Z counterpart, the phone boasts waterproof certifications, along with the Android Jellybean operating system and super fast LTE connectivity. The phone also sports an 8 megapixel camera with Sony’s Exmor-RS sensor, a powerful quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and a huge 6.4 inch 1080p display. Despite its large size, the phone measures only 6.5 mm in thickness, and is equipped with ample 3000mAh battery capacity.


Because the handset was officially announced very recently, full details regarding the phone’s availability in the UK are yet to be revealed. However, GSM Arena has reported that Three has become the first network to confirm that it will be carrying the device. The network has not revealed details about the phone’s exact release date, but is expected to hit the market at some point in Q3. While the device is likely to be offered as a SIM free model, we expect its high-end features to command a hefty price tag, but the handset will of course be available on pay monthly contracts. Three has not yet revealed which particular contracts the phone will be offered on, but we expect the usual 18 or 24 month periods to apply, with monthly costs varying on allowances of calls, text messages and data.


Of course, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra will face tough competition in the phablet niche, with rumours of upcoming devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One Max. However, its impressive features are likely to allow the phone to make its mark in the phablet niche, and be a success for the Japanese manufacturer.a

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Phablet Officially Annonced

Following several months of eager anticipation, Japanese electronics giant Sony has recently announced a new addition to its Xperia range of Android smartphones. The device, which was previously codenamed as the Togari was officially announced earlier this week as the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.


As the name suggests, the phone follows a similar format to the company’s current flagship Xperia Z model, but is in fact the phablet model with a much larger screen. While the Xperia Z remains one of the most highly regarded and popular Android smartphones the year, Xperia Z Ultra sees a number of upgrades made to spec list.


Of course, being a phablet smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra sports a huge touchscreen, which measures 6.4 inches and boasts a full high definition resolution of 1080p, resulting in a pixel density of 344ppi. The processor of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra has seen a lot of speculation in recent weeks, and as expected the device comes with Qualcomm’s powerful new Snapdragon 800 chipset, which is clocked a 2.2 GHz. In fact, it is the first smartphone model to utilise this new processor, and we expect benchmark tests to reveal the phone as the most powerful on the market.


While the Xperia Z features a 13 megapixel camera, the resolution has been downgraded on the Xperia Z Ultra to 8 megapixels, but comes with all the features you would expect from any high end device, like high definition video capture and Sony’s Exmor-RS sensor. The device comes with Android 4.2.2 Jellybean as its operating system of choice, which is the latest version of the Google owned operating system. Like the Xperia Z, the new model is also waterproof, but boasts an enhanced IP58 certification, meaning the phone can be submerged in deeper water for longer, without sustaining any damage.


All of these high-end features of course require an ample battery capacity, but luckily the Xperia Z Ultra is equipped with a 3000mAh battery. Furthermore, the phone boasts similar styling to its Xperia Z counterpart, and is only 6.5 mm thick.


Sony is expected to release the Xperia Z Ultra in Q3 this year, in the same white, purple and black colour options as the standard Xperia Z. Details regarding pricing, networks and contracts is yet to be revealed, but we expect to hear more information soon so we will keep you posted with the latest details.

Sony Xperia Z With Snapdragon 800 Chipset Reportedly In Development

The Sony Xperia Z is one of the most highly regarded Android smartphones on the market. The device combines stylish design with plenty of high-end features to make it one of the most appealing smartphone models on the market. Since it hit the market back in February, it has clocked up impressive sales and become one of the most successful handsets to date for the Japanese manufacturer.


The standard version of the Sony Xperia Z comes with a powerful 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, providing the handset with excellent performance across all manner of its features. However, GSM Arena has recently reported that Sony is currently testing a new version of the Xperia Z, this time with an upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. This is one of the most powerful processing units available, and is set to be included in a number of upcoming smartphone models including the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One Max, along with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, a larger version of Sony’s current flagship.


It is not known whether or not the Sony Xperia Z with the Snapdragon 800 chipset will be made commercially available, or if the handset is simply a prototype during the development of the Xperia Z Ultra.


Other key features of the Sony Xperia Z include a 5 inch 1080p display, 13 megapixel camera, Android Jellybean operating system and official IP55 and IP57 certifications, meaning the phone has been tested and officially rated as waterproof and dust proof. While Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z Ultra phablet is rumoured to sport a downgraded 8 megapixel camera, its added processing power and a huge 6.44 inch display will certainly make it one of the most advanced models on the market.


If we hear of any more information regarding this version of the Sony Xperia Z, and its availability we will be sure to keep you posted.a

Sony Xperia V Lost At Sea For Four Days, Found In Full Working Order

With new smartphone models becoming more and more impressive with each release, manufacturers are now keen to demonstrate just how durable their devices are. Waterproof mobile phones are nothing new, but recently released devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Sony Xperia Z offer a new level of durability with official waterproof and dust proof specifications.


The Sony Xperia Z is perhaps the best known high end smartphone with dust proof and waterproof attributes, but this feature is also shared with its midrange Xperia V counterpart. Like the Xperia Z, the Sony Xperia V is IP55/IP57 compliant, meaning it has been tested and certified to be submerged in up to one metre of water for half an hour without sustaining any damage. However, a recent report by Xperia Blog shows that the handset can withstand much more punishment than its certifications would suggest.


The website has reported on a news story from Taiwan, where a Sony Xperia V owner accidentally dropped his handset into the sea whilst filming video footage. Of course, he assumed that he had lost the phone for good, but as luck would have it the handset was found snorkellers four days later, who then contacted the owner to return the phone.


Amazingly, the handset was still in full working order, and because the phone was filming video at the time it manage to capture 30 minutes of footage from the bottom of the sea, with impressively clear video and sound capture. The website has also posted a YouTube video of the footage captured by the phone.


While this is an extreme case, it certainly shows that the water proof models in the Sony Xperia range are capable of withstanding a lot of punishment without being damaged. Although the phone’s owner was lucky to have it returned, it should certainly provide peace of mind that these phones are very reliable when it comes to their waterproof certifications.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Specs Revealed In Leaked Screenshots

There has recently been plenty of speculation that Sony is planning to stake its claim in the increasingly popular phablet niche. For quite a while, there have been rumours of a device called to Togari, which is widely believed to be a codename for Sony’s upcoming phablet, the Xperia Z Ultra.


As its name suggests, it is expected that this phone will follow largely the same format as the company’s current flagship model, the Xperia Z, but will of course include a number of upgraded features and of course a larger touchscreen. There has recently been plenty of leaked information about the phone, which is expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.


Android Authority has recently reported on new information about the Sony Xperia Z Ultra (or Xperia ZU), after purported screen shots from the device have been leaked, giving an insight into some of its features. The screen shots were apparently leaked from the XDA-Developers forum, which has thrown up plenty of accurate information about upcoming smartphone models in the past, but remember this is not official information.


The screenshots appear to show a number of specifications which had previously been rumoured for the phone, such as the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, which is apparently clocked at 2.15 GHz. The phone also includes Android 4.2.2 Jellybean OS, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and an 8 megapixel Exmor RS camera, with 2.2 megapixel front facing camera.


Of course, being a phablet device the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is expected to sport a huge screen, and screenshots back up previous rumours that this will measure 6.44 inches and packs a full high definition resolution.


Of course, phablet smartphones are increasing in popularity, so new models boast ever more impressive spec lists to remain competitive. Given the current offerings in the phablet niche, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra certainly appears to have what it takes to be a successful handset.


Leading up to its announcement, we are sure to hear more information about the device, so we will keep you posted with the latest details.

Benchmark Test Suggests The Sony Xperia Z Ultra Will Be More Powerful Than The Samsung Galaxy S4

While the Sony Xperia Z continues to clock up impressive sales figures, recent rumours have suggested that the Japanese manufacturer is working on its first flagship device, the Xperia Z ultra. Rumours about this device have recently begun to pick up speed, after it was revealed that the handset is likely to be unveiled on June 25th in Germany.


With the popularity of phablet devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, it is easy to see why Sony is keen to offer its own phablet handset. Rumoured features of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra include a 6.44 inch display, 8 megapixel camera, 2 GB of RAM, 3000mAh battery and Android Jellybean operating system. It is also believed that the phone will utilise the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, which is also likely to be used and other upcoming tablets like the HTC One Max and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.


Phones Review has recently reported that a benchmark test has been carried out on the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, and this has revealed that the phone does indeed utilise Qualcomm’s powerful chipset. The results of the test show that the phone is more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S4, which until recently was rated as the most powerful smart phone, using the AnTuTu benchmark app.


Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the most high profile smartphone model on the market, and outdoing this handset in a benchmark test is no mean feat. Alongside its huge touch screen and other impressive features, we’re very excited about the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.


With phablet smartphones increasing in popularity as well as size, do you think the Sony Xperia Z Ultra has what it takes to rival the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note range? Leave a comment to let us know what you think.