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The Xperia Z Ul­tra fol­lows the same de­sign aes­thetic as Sony’s Xperia Z smart­phone and tablet, with a wa­ter­proof, ul­tra-sleek de­sign that makes it, by far, the best look­ing de­vice in this com­par­i­son.

Mea­sur­ing just 6.5mm thin, the Xperia Z Ul­tra is the world’s slimmest Full-HD smart­phone. Its clos­est com­peti­tor in this as­pect is the 6.9mm thin Len­ovo K900. Con­sid­er­ing that Sony could still fit in a 6.44-inch dis­play onto such a thin body is another im­pres­sive feat. The slim form fac­tor makes it a tad eas­ier to han­dle than the other ph­ablets, but ul­ti­mately, it is hard to ig­nore the mas­sive di­men­sions of any of the five com­pared.

Al­though Sony uses the same TFT LCD dis­play con­struc­tion as the Xperia Z smart­phone, the Xperia Z Ul­tra’s screen has none of the lim­i­ta­tions preva­lent on ear­lier Xperia de­vices. To start, view­ing an­gles are far bet­ter, and the white­washed dis­play ef­fect is pretty much gone, likely thanks to Sony’s Triluminos screen tech­nol­ogy and X-Re­al­ity dis­play pro­cess­ing en­gine. If any­thing, the view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is one of the best we’ve seen yet, with vivid col­ors and ex­cel­lent con­trast.



Be­ing one of the newer de­vices in this shootout, the Xperia Z Ul­tra comes with the lat­est Qual­comm Snap­dragon 800 quad-core 2.2GHz pro­ces­sor, and 2GB of RAM. Cou­pled with an al­most-stock An­droid 4.2 user in­ter­face, we find user nav­i­ga­tion on the Xperia Z Ul­tra to be a breeze.

Sony has added a cou­ple of tweaks to the An­droid in­ter­face, such as Small Apps (also present on the Xperia Tablet S/Z, Xperia Z/SP) and Ac­tiv eClip. Ac­tive Clip func­tions sim­i­larly to Sam­sung’s S Note app and LG’s Quick­Memo, where you take a screenshot and per­son­al­ize it with a va­ri­ety of tools. Sim­i­lar to the As­cend Mate and Op­ti­mus G Pro, the Xperia Z Ul­tra has sup­port for one-handed us­age.

The Xperia Z Ul­tra has 16GB built-in stor­age and has a mi­cro-SD card slot for mem­ory ex­pan­sion up to 64GB. Like the As­cend Mate, it sports a non­re­mov­able bat­tery.

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