We’d heard Sony had some “big” news to drop at its Mobile Asia Expo press event, and it looks like that term was more literal than we imagined. Introducing the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, a 6.41-inch full HD tablet that houses Qualcomm’s 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. The touch-screen is using something called “TRILUMINOS” technology to create richer color palettes, and that goes along with all the other benefits the BRAVIA-enabled displays have been giving us in many of Sony’s other smartphones.
Sony is calling this the world’s slimmest full HD phone at 6.5mm thin and 212g light, and it’s also waterproof and dust resistant with IP55 and IP58 certification. That gives it the ability to be submerged in up to 1.50 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. Other specs and features of the Sony Xperia Ultra Z include an 8 megapixel HD camera, 4G LTE, NFC, Bluetooth and more.
Being a phablet, you’re probably wondering about stylus functionality. The phone features advanced “Pencil” recognition that will make it easy to use the device’s various apps with pretty much any stylus or pencil-like device, including actual pencils or — naturally — your finger.
Sony mentions the device will launch globally beginning in Q3 2013, with some markets slated to get the device a bit later than others. Unfortunately the full list of expected regions hasn’t been disclosed yet, but we imagine the usual suspects (pretty much everyone in Europe and Asia, and perhaps some folks in Canada) will get a crack at the Ultra Z. This is literally Sony’s biggest bet in the smartphone market yet, folks. Find more images of the product below.