The trend of the large-screen mobile phones was started from 2006, 2.8-inch (O2 XDA II mini), has been through the 2007′s 3.5-inch (iPhone), 2008 from the 3.8-inch (HTC Touch HD), 2009 year 4.3-inch (HTC HD 2), 2011 4.7-inch (HTC Titan) to the end of 2012 the 5-inch, or even the middle appeared Phablet such as 5-inch Dell Streak and the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note, it seems all have been unable to meet growing appetite User it. Recently such as Huawei Ascend Mate and Samsung Galaxy Mega etc. 6-inch level phone, although the positioning is not high, but there are some sizable crowd of visitors. Now our protagonist are targeting the most high-end positioning and equipped with 6.44-inch 1080p screen Sony Xperia Z Ultra, whether for the big screen “mobile” set a new benchmark? Nonsense is not to talk about this, let’s jump directly evaluating it.

Designs

Evaluation before you start, let us look at Xperia Z Ultra Specifications: It is the first to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor phone with Quad-Core 2.2-GHz of Krait 400 and equipped with Adreno 330 graphics processing chip; RAM size is 2-GB, 6.44 inch 1080p screen equipped with the latest Triluminos technology and X-Reality, of course becoming a full-paste structure; battery capacity of 3050-mAh. The camera is only 8-MP resolution and does not set fill light, but fortunately it using the latest Exmor RS sensitive components, you can shoot HDR video.

Appearance speaking, Xperia Z Ultra and Samsung Galaxy Mega substantially the same, very much like the same factory 5-inch flagship phone (Xperia Z / Galaxy S4 ) a larger version, but compared with the Galaxy Mega, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z has a big difference is that the former uses a metal frame, texture and glossy Xperia Z obvious difference. In addition, the charge left Sakura contacts have changed, rather than the Top Pop Albums of all times downloads degree of use of magnetic-type machine-made design, which will also be the next Xperia phone standard. So this phone from the beginning, we only need to buy a base, you can then use on all Sony phones. Then I thought, if it can be considered the standard factory promotion out, so that all Android phones can be used to charge the left of this specification, it should be a good thing.

Samsung Xperia Z Ultra – Technical Specifications

General Network 2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions
3G: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – all versions
LTE: 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600
SIM Micro-Sim
Status Announced at June 2013, Exp. Release at July 2013
Body Weight 212-g (7.48 oz)
Dimensions 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm (7.06 x 3.63 x 0.26 in)
Display Size 6.44-inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~344ppi pixel density)
Type Capacitive Touchscreen, 16M Colors, Multitouch (up to 10 fingers), Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass Protection
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3 Ringtones
Loudspeaker  Yes
Jack 3.5mm Yes
Memory Internal 16-GB, 2-GB RAM
Card slot microSD, up to 64-GB
Data WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Dual Band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
USB Yes, MicroUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
Others NFC, GPRS (Up to 107 kbps), EDGE (Up to 296 kbps), HSDPA 42Mbps, HSUPA 5.8Mbps, LTE
Camera Primary 8-MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, Auto-focus
Features Geo-tagging, Face Detection, Touch Focus, Image stabilization, HDR, Sweep Panorama
Secondary Yes, 2-MP, 1080p@30fps
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization, HDR
Battery Model Non-removable Li-Ion 3050-mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 790 h (2G) / Up to 820 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 14 h (2G) / Up to 16 h (3G)
Features OS Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS
CPUChipset Quad-core 2.2-GHz Krait 400
Qualcomm MSM8274 or MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
GPU Adreno 330
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyro, Compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Colors White, Black, Purple
Browser HTML5
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Radio Yes, Stereo FM radio with RDS
Multimedia Playing music, video and photos, Music player SoundAlive
Supported formats: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1, WMV7 / 8, VP8, Sorenson Spark, MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC +, eAAC +, WMA, FLAC, AMR-NB / WB
Others Document viewer, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa, photo/viewer editor, Predictive text input, Voice memo/dial, TV-out (via MHL A/V link), Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, IP58 Certified

Main Interface

Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a large screen mobile phone with a width of 92.2-mm, to be honest with one hand to grasp, difficult to really be very high. With the Xperia Z Ultra using the new Android 4.2.2 system, the main interface is also made to upgrade. Although the factory is not specifically referred to its primary interface to the name and version, but we can still be seen in the home setting named Xperia Home, while the version is 6.0. Of course, this includes only the home page, rather than on behalf of HTC Sense or TouchWiz like a full operating system, but here on the first interface is called the Sony Xperia Home bar.

As like the previous Xperia Home, Xperia Z Ultra on a new version is very simple and does not take too many elements of their own and even the very popular among other vendors in order to open the way for multitouch interface functions are not overview, even small tools overview also deleted. Yes, just hold on a blank part of the edit mode, you can select the location of the primary interface, as well as the number of pages, additions or deletions (up to version 7). In addition, you can set the gadget, backgrounds and themes. Just, Xperia Z Ultra on a background image and cannot be set to not scroll a bit less than the elastic on.

Since the use of so large a screen pixel is high, Xperia Z Ultra is also displayed in the interface and other phones are different. First space on the primary interface, which uses a 6 x 6 matrix, can be placed more or larger gadgets, as well as different icons or folders. The program line table size was 5 x 6, but also through the pages at the most left or left edge of the screen inward sliding action. You can open the menu and set a different sort, delete, as well as third-party apps on Play Store, etc.; which is more user-defined sorting classification folders can be set to use it.

Other interfaces, we note that although the Xperia Z Ultra is a cell phone, but because of the larger screen relationship you can see some of the interfaces and the general mobile phone display little difference seems to Play Store in Xperia Z Ultra. Download different program keys and directories separation, and non Play Store apps installed, it also uses the pop-up window rather than full-screen installation interface, these are some of the plates of the element that is not visible on the other phones.

Settings

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra runs at Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS so its notification bar is anywhere slide closed; while the notification bar at the top and based on a total of 10 set up two shortcuts to replace the original Android 4.2 opened with a two-finger touch on quickly set-page proposal. Similarly the Xperia Z Ultra and native versions are basically the same and in support of the lock screen widget, just a little bit in the operation, respectively – in switching gadget. The Xperia Z Ultra will default to show every little tools that are narrow and convenient for the user to navigate to different information. You can always quickly unlock the device; while a right turn on the camera program, but also in response to Android 4.2 and native joined a similar animation.

As part of the system settings in the Xperia Z Ultra, has an addition to style as the background instead of white, but in general the overall interface and the Android phone is not much different and not much extra features, in addition to signs Stamina mode, the only in the personal settings you can choose different themes, as well as the rapid notification bar setting items. Of course, as a Sony phone running at Android 4.2, the Xperia Z Ultra can support translucent notification and control areas. To be mentioned here is that, the Xperia Z Ultra does not have built and Sony Xperia Tablet Z as you can tap the screen mode using the wake-up function, as a large-screen device is a bit unfortunate.

Apps

Since the interface relatively simple relationship, Sony gave the impression as its own element to get its built-in apps but a fewer people pay the attention. However, Xperia Z Ultra built on a number of its own and co-apps, including localized, with the view of MagV magazines and books app BookU, let Samsung’s S Mag etc. specifically the United States; Of course, it is also built-in app seen before SocialLife, you can use a more beautiful way to see the different social networking updates. But to say that the most focus, of course, have joined with its control function pen handwritten notes Sketch, although the interface is relatively simple, but still can support different strokes and width of the grid lines and embedded pictures.

Daily Use

To control with one hand Sony Xperia Z Ultra is basically impossible, so we say that the first thing is that to operate it with both hands. Just mentioned pen control function in this area is focused, it can support the use of any wider than 1mm conductive objects touch, but we can say that this figure is not very accurate, because in fact, because of the sensitivity of the screen is very high relationship, so objects about 1mm or so away from the screen or can be controlled; On this premise, pen-shaped object even less than the width of 1mm, there are still some available, as we have tried to use 0.38mm ink pen can also be used. Finally we use boxed drinks even thin plastic water bottles (of course, there must be water), you can easily operate Xperia Z Ultra, so the water is not a problem while using it.

Although daily one-handed operation is impossible but we do had some time to the machine with one hand. Fortunately, we have some flexibility when they entered – Xperia Z Ultra input method has a built-in mini-keyboard mode that allows the user to select the keyboard zoom out, then pushed to the left or right; though not Samsung can easily shift floating keyboard, or the separation of the keyboard on the iPad easy, but its narrow victory in the even still typing with both hands easily, so it can be a long time without having to switch back to the normal driving mode. Finally we should mention its small design flaw, because its body is too wide, and the location of the handset do very high, coupled with the distance sensor location is not placed well, so the phone will appear at hearing distance sensor. The misuse of the screen does not respond, we have more than once because of this error hang up.

Music

Music has always been the strengths of Sony mobile phone, this time in the Xperia Z Ultra who also joined the ClearAudio + (you can also use your own equalizer settings) and used to reduce the difference in volume between songs dynamic equalizer. As for the Walkman player interface is gorgeous as ever, but also support to the song data download; just in the visual effects, but still does not support its music features regularly closed, and the speaker volume is still small, and as usual, your phone in the bag has almost inaudible bell.

Screen

As Sony has been the most criticized of the screen, with particular reference to its factory uses Triluminos and X-Reality for Mobile technology, and past Reality Display is different. In the actual test we found that this time Xperia Z Ultra screen has a lot of progress, and more than ever, low perspective bleached problem greatly improved, and when we use it in comparison with the HTC Butterfly S, we also found Xperia Z Ultra colors very close and obvious bluish; while in low perspective. You can see it on the bottom of a little loss of light, but the situation is not serious – at least it is better than ever.

Camera

The camera of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra will probably be disappointed that allow users to compare the place – and the same period with a 13-MP mobile phone camera frequently different, this machine uses only 8-MP Exmor RS camera (roughly on like Xperia L), and does not include supplemental lighting device; interface functions, etc., and a fellow of the mobile phone, there are default Superior Auto feature, and support for HDR photo and video shoot. In use, we still believe that we try not to be too dependent on Superior Auto mode, because we in actual use, which features a lot when it cannot switch to the correct scene mode, if we shoot at night, it will switch to Sport mode, allowing people a bit puzzled.

As like the Xperia Z, the Xperia Z Ultra is also certified with IP58 durability, both water and dust proof. Basically, you can use the phone to take Full-HD videos underwater with its 8-MP camera. As for the quality of shooting Well, although we often say that the pixel is not equal with quality, but Xperia Z Ultra with 8-MP effect is really more than the Xperia Z of 13-MP worse – normal day shoot are also available, at most, is a little bit high contrast and a little painting of it. But one night, the pictures are really difficult for people to accept: a cell phone so expensive to shoot pictures have emerged out of the night sky bias blue, excessive noise and severe of these paintings is like, until we recall the phone to normal mode, the ISO forcibly set to 100, to find something to help stabilize the shot, the situation began to improve. But its video quality is not bad, but relatively speaking, high-speed AF and AE transition very smooth; it pulled a lot of points.

Performance and Power

In fact, using the Snapdragon 800 processor Xperia Z Ultra, in performance should have no doubt, but we still have a brief description of our usage: In addition to normal use no outside issue, even browse large sites such loads on the way over. It is a tough action throughout the cist, at most, is to play the big game (not cleaned prior phone and just watching videos and downloading games) only a slight delay. As for power, built-in a non-removable 3050-mAh battery it did not let us down, in about 100 photos taken, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Line, and so full day trip can also support more than 8 hours, in the middle we have downloaded or updated about 10 apps yet.

Final Words

Undoubtedly, Ascend Mate, Galaxy Mega and Xperia Z Ultra models are such as the emergence of the Phablet positioning on the screen upward ascension. The face of such a large screen and cannot be one-hand operation of powerlessness, we really can no longer Xperia Z Ultra simple as a phone. In this new semi-flat positioning, we have to compliment Xperia Z Ultra is an excellent device, the bigger screen than a cell phone, the volume is smaller than the flat, rather than electricity although almost flat, but has a lot more than good phone – but not the tablet will often come up when the main machine device used in the calculation of electricity there are different standards.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Hands-on Review

Of course, the above points can also be interpreted as smaller than the flat screen, large volume cell phone, which no doubt is relative. So to make people think in a good direction, you have to take to please the users – in this respect can be seen under Sony has a lot of work for us, the effect is excellent. So that due to the power and performance we can make it safely to the main machine. Of course, in your pocket is to be top of the camera’s imaging also allows you to accept, but overall the Xperia Z Ultra is still outstanding. Pity that it’s 4G LTE version to go to market until September, when faced with possible post Samsung Galaxy Note successor machine, the user will how to choose? Or when the factory had to start pushing down a cell phone? These are what we would like to know.