Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition now available for $650 in the Google Play Store

sony xperia ultra z google play edition

You didn’t think the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition was going to have all the fun, did you? Sony’s phablet is also getting the Google Play love, with the pure Android device now sitting in the Play Store for $649.99 unlocked. It ships in 1-2 business days.

Notice that the Sony Xperia Z Ultra drops the “Xperia” name when brought to the play store? This could be to save space, but more likely Sony stripped the Xperia branding from the device due to the software being of the pure Google experience variety.

With a 6.4-inch screen, the Z Ultra really pushes the boundaries of the Phablet category. Nearby competitors include the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 and 6-inch HTC One Mega, but the 6.4-inch Ultra puts both to shame in the size department. Thing is… do you really want a phone that big?

Some other specs to show on:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core, 2.2 GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB onboard storage
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • 6.5mm thin
  • 212 grams
  • Waterproof
  • Dust resistant

Best of all… because this Sony Z Ultra comes as a Developer Edition device, you’re blessed with the most recent branch of Android (Android 4.4 Kit Kat) and are practically guaranteed timely updates as they’re made available. The phone is also contract free and unlocked, allowing you to take it almost anywhere. Here’s the network information:

GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
4G LTE (700, 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100, 2600 MHz)

That’s right, CDMA folks… you once again miss out.

UPDATE: The bottom of the page states, “Compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile in the US. Check with your carrier for details about coverage.”

For more, visit our Sony Xperia Z Ultra Forums!

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  • Covert_Death

    wow… i gotta say i like this move by google and OEMs. carriers want too much control over devices as is and with OEM’s selling them via playstore AND many coming up with their own installment plans to boot, this is pure awesome

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  • Chimphappyhour

    I want to get one of these…. just to give my friends, who give me a hard time about the size of my Note 3, some perspective. ;P That and I just love the direction Sony has taken with phone design.

  • JBrowne1012

    When will Note 3 get a Google Play edition?

    • Steven Code

      Give it a couple of hours maybe? :p

  • real0325

    Bullspit! Why leave out cdma folks? As if we don’t want the nicer options.

    • Chimphappyhour

      Why? Have you missed out on the whole Verizon Nexus fiasco? Play editions are all about being as unfettered as possible. Verizon…isn’t.

    • h4rr4r

      Because VZW won’t let you have one.
      They still have not updated their last Nexus. It also had bloatware.

    • Canon User

      Posts below blame this on Verizon (which hey, I’m all for) but it’s not their fault this time. Sony unfortunately doesn’t do CDMA.

  • J Cav the Great

    instant hard-on!!! omg!!! gotta sell some stuff to make fast money ASAP!!!!!!

  • Brian

    Damn! I wish I would have waited on the Nexus 5.

    • h4rr4r

      You will not have any trouble selling it.

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  • AbbyZFresh

    That phone is just too huge though.

    • No_Nickname90

      PDA’s are coming back. Remember when PDA’s were out and how huge they were? History repeats itself, just in a different fashion.

    • CerealFTW

      I agree. I decided my limit is 5.2 in(5 in nexus 5 right now). I’d maybe consider 5.5-5.7 if they trimmed down the bezels a lot

  • Chris H

    I had a hard time deciding between this phone and the Note 3. Ultimately, I stayed with VZW and got the Note 3 (which I love) but this edition of the Ultra Z is bitchin! Really wish CDMA phones got more love…

  • pr0xidian

    Gonna have to buy this.

  • josh

    Have one..aside from the camera love it…loooove it.

  • No_Nickname90

    I hope there is a successor to the HTC One Max on Tmo. Mainly because I’m loving the speakers and would love to have a phablet device.

    Though if I can’t find something, then this phone would be nice. I won’t need my tablet anymore. It’ll be perfect. Unless it doesn’t have some type of HDMI out. =.S

  • BrY

    The bezel on this is way too huge to an already massive screen footprint. To those that have this device it fits in a front Jean pocket? That’s the deal-breaker, I don’t care if it’s an obnoxious bulge, as long as it fits without tearing my pocket!

    • Wolf0491

      Think it depends on what kind of jeans you like. But the bezel etc is bigger to make it water resistant features etc.

    • Daniel Tiberius

      Fits in my jeans just fine. It’s really thin too, which helps.

  • victor montez

    DAT price tag doe..

  • Edward Mobley

    I’ve had a note 3 and it was lovely.. I miss that phone terribly lol but the z ultra is $50 cheaper, running kitkat and not sony ui, has 16 gb less of storage but still has a micro sd card slot, all the lte bands.. I gotta say that I do love pure android and this thing is waterproof, I might purchase.

  • ineversl33p

    What’s a “htc One mega”? Lol

  • Daniel Tiberius

    Ok this is exciting, I already have a Z Ultra, but this means I can snag a very functional 4.4 ROM for it. Super pumped for this!

  • darren_disqus

    I left Sony for Nexus 4 But with this I might just be temped to go back pity I only got the Nexus 5.