It looks like Sony’s really taking this “phablet” thing to the next level. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra may have launched as a ridiculously over-sized phone, but that also seems to have paved a way for it to relaunch as a moderately sized tablet. Sony has announced that they’ve ripped the cellular radios out of the Xperia Z Ultra, essentially giving you a 6.4-inch tablet.
That’s quite a bit smaller than the typical 7-inch minimum we like to think tablets should come in, but it could still be the perfectly-sized multimedia device for those who just want to watch some movies and play some games. Lack of cellular radios aside, it’s still the same old phone we’re used to.
It’ll have a 6.4-inch 1080p HD display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8.1 megapixel camera, Android 4.2 and more. It’s also waterproof, and is still being heralded as the world’s slimmest device that’s 6- inches or larger with an LCD display. All of it is said to come in at just under $500, though Japan is the only region guaranteed to get this thing at the moment. We’ll be looking to see if Sony has plans to launch it elsewhere at some point in the near future.