Sony Xperia Z Ultra is now available in India with a price tag of 44,990 INR. This phone boasts of dust proof -water proof body and is the first phone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The hardware specifications are quite admirable. But is this device meant for you? Read on to find out where it hits and where it misses the mark to judge it according to your specific needs.

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Camera and Internal storage

This phone has an 8MP Primary camera with 3264 x2448 pixels. This autofocus camera comes with features like image stabilization HDR, touch focus, geo tagging and Face detection. It is capable of Full HD video recording. LED flash is not present which will pose a problem during low lighting conditions. A front camera of 2MP is also present which is capable of full HD video calling

Market flooding with 13MP devices around 15k range like Micromax Canvas 4, ZOPO ZP980, this is a little less than what is expected of a Flagship phone. Major brand names are not taking their Flagship device cameras lightly either. Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 13 MP primary Camera with image stabilization. HTC ONE has its Ultra pixel camera with OIS. Nokia Lumia 1020 which is expected to come to India sports a magnificent 41 MP camera.

As far as internal storage goes, 2GB RAM capacity will ensure that you won’t get any lag and your User Interface won’t appear sluggish even while multitasking. The internal storage memory is 16GB which will suffice for most users, for remaining others it can be extended to 64 GB using microSD card support.

Processor and Battery

This Phone is the first phone to employ Quad core MSM8274 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at a frequency of 2.2 GHz. This is a faster and more efficient processor than what other rivals are offering. Lenovo X910 is rumored to bring this processor in India but this won’t happen anytime soon. You can engage in Graphic intensive gaming without experiencing any lag on this device. on the software front this device comes with Android 4.2 jelly bean Operating System.

The Battery backup is also in line with what is expected with a high-end premium device. The battery capacity is 3050 mAh. It is a li-ion battery which will provide you with Talk time of up to 16 hours on 2G and 14 Hrs on 3G and a standby time of up to 820 hrs. The mammoth display size will suck up the battery power when you play FHD videos, thus it is a necessity to provide a powerful backup in this phone. Sony has not disappointed us in this area.

Display and Other features

Xperial Z Ultra has a unique display size of 6.44 inch. The 10 finger multi touch display hosts a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. This gives you pixel density of 344 ppi (iPhone 5 has 326 ppi). This high pixel density on a TRILUMINUS screen will give you crisp texts. TRILUMINOUS technology works to improve color saturation in selected areas. X reality engine present in Xperia Ultra z fills in pixels in standard definition pics so that they don’t appear blurred on relatively big screen of this phone. Display looks pretty good on paper but does it all really works? We will find out soon enough.

This phone is IP58 certified. This implies that it is dust proof and water resistant up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. This will be a good advantage for people living in rain prone areas and those who must use their phones under extreme conditions. The display glass is shatter proof and scratch resistant. It weighs 212 grams and is 6.5 mm thick.Other connectivity features include GPRS, EDGE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Wifi direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and microUSB.

Comparison

With a 6.44 Inch Display size and 2.2 GHz quad core snapdragon 800 processor this device stands pretty much alone in its category. Let’s compare it on the basis of its price range to other flagship phones. This device outperforms LG Optimus G pro (42,500 INR) as far as chipset specifications are concerned, But has a poorer camera. HTC ONE (41,300 INR) though has lesser Mp count with 4 MP camera but the Ultrapixel and OIS technology makes it far superior. Samsung Galaxy S4 (39,000 INR) has a much smaller screen size of 5 Inch and comes with Exynos 5 Octa chipset. This device too features a better 13 MP camera and comparable chipset as far as performance is concerned.

Key Specifications

Model Sony Xperia z Ultra
Processor 2.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 800
Display 6.44 inch Full HD, 344 ppi
RAM/ ROM 2 GB/ 16 GB , extendable up to 64 GB
Operating System Android Jelly bean 4.2
Camera 8 MP primary camera and 2 MP secondary camera
Battery 3050 mAh
Price 44,490 INR

Conclusion

Sony Xperia Z ultra has really enticing specifications. But people with certain specific needs might refrain from spending this much. If the camera of your phone is important to you, you might be a little disappointed with this one; it would be wise to wait for Nokia Lumia 1020. With the mammoth 6.44 inch screen this phone lies in the phablet category and if you are not comfortable holding big screen phones to your ears, this phone is not for you. However, if you like big screen phones you would love this one. At 6.5 mm thickness it will be pretty convenient to hold. It will also appeal to those who have to use their smartphones in extreme conditions quite frequently. As far as gaming goes, the snapdragon 800 along with 2 GB RAM won’t disappoint you.

You can buy this phone at Saholic for 44,490 and you will also get a 16 GB Sandisk microSD card free with this device.

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