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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra has a 6.4-inch screen, which is dangerously close to the the tablet side of things. Apparently Sony agrees – a new version of the Xperia Z Ultra has been announced in Japan that does away with the cellular connectivity. Now it's just a tiny tablet instead of a monstrously huge phone.

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Other than the removal of the cellular radios, this looks to be the exact same device. That means it packs a Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, and it's water-resistant. That big screen is 1920x1080 as well. That puts it a little under tablets like the Nexus 7, but it's just a little smaller and more manageable (for a tablet, not a phone). It looks like this device will still have the mic and earpiece, though, so VoIP calling could still be on the menu.

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There's no word on whether or not the WiFi-only Z Ultra will come to the US. For right now, it's a Japan-exclusive and costs about 52,000 yen, or $500.

[Sony Japan, Sony Store via Engadget]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Cesar

    I was hoping for an Xperia tablet when I saw the title. That might be because I am a bit drunk, though.

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      ☛☛☛☛ ☛☛𐂜☛☛ ☛☛☛☛ ☛☛☛𐃎☛☛It looks like this device will still have the mic and earpiece, though, so VoIP calling could still be on the menu.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

      Drunk in the morning? What are you...?
      Oh wait, it's a different timezone, I presume.

      • Cesar

        Yeah, twas around midnight in my time zone when I posted this.

        (Note to self: No more reading AP while intoxicated.)

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

          Why not? You just made the most upvoted comment of this article. Apparently getting drunk and reading AP isn't only fun for you ;)

  • Guest #12-0318-24724

    Sony is insane if they think this will sell. I would have a hard time buying this at $300. $500 is just not going to happen.

    • Ryuuie

      Except that's in yen and it might not even come here soo...yeah.

      Japan's culture is very different compared to the US so we don't know if it'll sell there unless someone follows this story beyond this website.

      • Guest #12-0318-24724

        The iPad Air is 51,800 yen. The Mini retina is 41,900. The Nexus 7 (16GB) is 27,800 yen. There's any number of better options out there. And while Japan is nationalistic when it comes to consumer goods, they're not THAT nationalistic. http://bcnranking.jp/category/subcategory_0126.html

        • D3Seeker

          How those could be considered "better" is subjective at best.

    • Cheeseball

      If the Galaxy Tab 3 WiFi (an obviously inferior product) can sell for the same price, then this will definitely have a market.

  • D3Seeker

    Nice one Sony! Now how about an antual PMP version of the Z1 :D take out the cell radios put in an S-Master or 2, maybe some extra work to the audio circuitry, you know a real ultimate multimedia device for the modern day audiophile/video buff/techie. [Especially since you keep hacking the resolution and microSD on your actual PMPs >:{

  • DonPorazzo

    "There's no word on whether or not the WiFi-only Z Ultra will come to the US."
    Yea, coz, it's all about US, the rest of the world doesn't even matter.

    • Ryuuie

      Or because the primary audience for this website is the United States of America. Where Google is headquartered, where Android began, and, most likely, this website originated.

      Seriously, the "BUT MY COUNTRY" attitude on this website is annoying as hell.

      Take your complaints up with Sony, the JAPANESE COMPANY RELEASING A DEVICE IN THEIR HOME COUNTRY. Not a website on the internet that has no say in where Sony, LG, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, ZTE, Huawei, Motorola, or any other phone manufacturer puts their device and/or service.

      Or, better yet, take your complaints up with your government who may be putting blocks on these devices and/or services.

      • DonPorazzo

        Oh, so there's "primary audience" for this site. Didn't notice. My bad.
        So you're probably they-took-our-job-type-of-guy.

        • Ryuuie

          No, I think those kinds of people only exist in South Park and disgruntled racists in the Deep South (of the US). :v

          Every website has a primary audience. It's where most of their traffic comes from. I'd take a guess and say the US is probably one of Android Police's biggest countries where most of their traffic comes from.

          I could be wrong, but hey, it's a decent guess considering they always mention if a device/service is coming to the US or not.

          You, however, seem to be pissy because Sony, a Japanese company, is releasing a device in their home country (probably to give it a test run...or just because they want to).

          Do you need Sony's address or e-mail or phone number or something? :c I don't work for them (I'd have SO MANY PS4s if I did) but you should probably direct your strange anger to them.

          • DonPorazzo

            I couldn't care less about SONY and their new mini tablet. I thought, that primary audience for this website is the world, but maybe I was wrong.

          • xdapao3

            Many readers (especially non-native English speakers) take English language websites as if they are, or should strive to be, "universal" and targeting everyone and everywhere... There is almost a sense of entitlement LOL

            And I am saying this as an Italian living in Italy.

            Generally speaking, I find US websites pretty good at giving news of general interest (probably because what happens in or interests the US generally interests, one way or another, the rest of the world too LOL) while most other websites based in other countries (even other English speaking ones) have mostly content only relevant to their locale.

          • DonPorazzo

            So if AP is US targetted, why there are International Giveaway, why they bother mentioning about availability of google play books,music etc in other countries?
            I think that AP is World Targetted.

          • xdapao3

            Simple: because they have an international audience and they know it.
            Most of what they write interests and is applicable to pretty much everybody and everywhere, I think we can "forgive" them for the occasional trivial reference to the US, can't we?!?

            You yourself admit that they even have international giveaways and then as soon as they dare to write that they don't know if and when a Japan-only product will come to the US (which is most probably where most of their readers are from) you come out with "Yea, coz, it's all about US, the rest of the world doesn't even matter."......

            So what if someone lived for example in Zambia, shouldn't they go all "Yea, coz, it's all about DonPorazzo's country, Zambia doesn't even matter." every time they mention wherever and not Zambia..?

          • DonPorazzo

            AP isn't US targetted. There are news about Google Play Books, music etc availability worldwide, there are International Giveaway, therefore IMO AP is World Targetted site.

  • sourabh sekhar

    They should have marketed the Xperia z ultra as a mini tablet with calling features.

  • Karan Das

    this would've alot more sense to me if it were a proper 7-7.5 inch tab to compete with the nexus 7.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    I wonder how many people will buy this tablet and then wish it was their phone.
    To be honest, there was a time that I wished my Nexus 7 (2012) was a phone. Just having one device to carry (.. somehow) seems much more pleasant.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So now it's a 6.8" tablet? Lol

  • Mado

    This also make it one of the few tablets that can vibrate.

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