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Sony expands its mobile lineup with a new superphone and a new companion device

Bigger is better, right? Well, that's what AT&T's current series of commercials have told us. It seems as though Sony subscribes to that theory as well because the company just dropped a monster smartphone on an unsuspecting public: the Xperia Z Ultra.
 
The new Xperia Z Ultra comes equipped with a mammoth 6.4" 1080p display featuring Sony's Triluminous technology. Triluminous technology leverages Sony's experience with its Bravia televisions to crease richer colors and sharper video.

 
Powering this giant smartphone is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor running at a whopping 2.2GHz. Sony has thrown everything but the kitchen sink inside the Xperia Z Ultra including Android 4.2.2, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, LTE connectivity, a 3,000 mAh battery, 8MP Exmor RS sensor (rear), 2MP front-facing camera and IP55/IP58 compliance for waterproof and dust-resistant protections.
 
The Xperia Z is just 6.5mm thick and weighs 7.48 ounces.

 
The latest and greatest from Sony will launch during the third quarter and will be available in white, black, and purple.
 
In other Sony news, it has announced its SmartWatch 2 companion device for Android devices. The SmartWatch 2 features a 1.6", 220x176 touch screen and dust- and water-resistant aluminum body. The device supports NFC and Bluetooth, and can accept incoming calls from your smartphone (if you don't mind looking silly talking into your wrist).
 
"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," said Stefan K Persson, Head of Companion Products at Sony Mobile Communications.

 
"The future of wearable devices is incredibly bright with analyst research predicting 41 million 'smart' watches will be sold by 2016. We have over 200 unique apps dedicated for Sony SmartWatch with over one million downloads to date and we are continuing to work with our strong developer network to deliver ever more compelling smartwatch experiences."
 
The Sony SmartWatch 2 will be available worldwide in September.

Source: Sony



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This is getting ridiculous
By Arsynic on 6/25/2013 9:22:43 AM , Rating: 3
Why not just cut to the damn chase and put phone antennas in tablets and call it a day. Because at this point I don't think there's a sweet spot.




RE: This is getting ridiculous
By BRB29 on 6/25/2013 9:34:44 AM , Rating: 2
Take small tablet

put in phone functions

call it ULTRA


RE: This is getting ridiculous
By karimtemple on 6/25/2013 9:47:25 AM , Rating: 2
I disagree that there isn't a sweet spot. It may be a range of sizes as opposed to a specific size, but there's definitely a different between a big phone and a tablet (and I don't buy into the stupid "phablet" moniker).

The Xperia Z Ultra is a tablet with cellular SMS and voice.


RE: This is getting ridiculous
By retrospooty on 6/25/2013 10:44:13 AM , Rating: 3
"Because at this point I don't think there's a sweet spot."

There isn't, and shouldn't be. The only "sweet spot" for manufacturers is to have variety. If you have a small medium and large phone, this covers customers that was either a small medium or large phone. Simple right? Clearly there are people that want each, just buy what you want.


RE: This is getting ridiculous
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/25/2013 10:56:33 AM , Rating: 2
That pretty much explains the Galaxy S 4 family. They've got:

Galaxy S 4
Galaxy S 4 Mini
Galaxy S 4 Zoom
Galaxy S 4 Active
Galaxy S 4 LTE-Advanced


RE: This is getting ridiculous
By BRB29 on 6/25/2013 11:03:16 AM , Rating: 2
Can someone explain to me the Galaxy Tablets then?

It doesn't seem to get better or much differentiation between the 1,2 and 3.


RE: This is getting ridiculous
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/25/2013 11:25:56 AM , Rating: 2
You've got me there. The tablets make no sense to me.


RE: This is getting ridiculous
By retrospooty on 6/25/2013 11:28:32 AM , Rating: 3
Galaxy tablets must be the "put a 1/2 effort into it, just so we have a product on the market - price it poorly and see if anyone bites, old people and non technical people may buy it at best buy, walmart etc" type of product.

That's the only thing that makes any sense.


RE: This is getting ridiculous
By vision33r on 6/25/2013 5:49:21 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung is just selling rebadged tablets. They have no interest in investing heavily while the iPad continues to dominate. If you look at the specs on the Samsung tabs, they are quite minimal in changes over each gen, it's almost embarrassing I would say.

The Galaxy Phones gets more changes with each gen. The Note 1 to Note 2 jump is much bigger than Galaxy Tab 1 to 3.


RE: This is getting ridiculous
By Arsynic on 6/25/2013 2:04:34 PM , Rating: 2
Today's large is tomorrow's medium. Just make a tablet that can make phone calls!


RE: This is getting ridiculous
By karimtemple on 6/26/2013 8:15:04 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
Today's large is tomorrow's medium.
That's what she said.


RE: This is getting ridiculous
By Argon18 on 6/25/2013 5:00:19 PM , Rating: 2
Everything has a sweet spot. Look at laptops, for example. Sure there are tiny 13" models, and behemoth 17" models, but the sweet spot is 15". That's what size the majority are sold each year.

That's not to say there isn't a market for 13" or 17" laptops, there is, of course. But your typical consumer apparently favors the 15" size.

Phones will no doubt settle out along a similar bell curve, with some median size preferred by most, with super-small and super-large variants at the edges of the curve.


RE: This is getting ridiculous
By Uncle on 6/26/2013 8:03:16 PM , Rating: 2
Already do that with my tablet, just need WiFi. Plenty of free WiFi around. I use Comwave ephone, I'm sure their are plenty more.


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