The Xperia Z Ultra is an odd proposal from a hardware perspective. The huge 6.4" 1080p screen, Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2GB of RAM say "high end," while the 8MP rear camera lacking a flash seems a bit down-market. Perhaps that has something to do with possibly tepid sales at the phone's $679 price point... and also Sony's decision to lower it. XperiaBlog reports that the price for the phone has been dropped to $449.99.

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That's the unlocked LTE phone sold on Sony's online store, which includes Sony's software additions on top of Android 4.4 (upgraded from 4.2). Earlier this week, the price of the Google Play Edition with stock Android 4.4 was also lowered. You can pick up a Nexus-style gigantic phablet for $449, which is pretty good, if you appreciate the form factor and aren't interested in high-end photos.

Keep in mind that Sony's unlocked phones also come with unlocked bootloaders, so whichever device you choose, your aftermarket options are pretty good. Whether or not it's a better option that other Android phones at the same or lower price, such as the Nexus 5 and Moto X, is a more subtle question. Speaking as someone who's had the opportunity, try to check out the Xperia Z Ultra in person before you lay down your money - the gigantic screen takes some getting used to.

Source: Sony Online Store, Google Play, via XperiaBlog

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    Who the hell pay's $700 for a phone? I don't think I own anything other than my gaming PC and my car that is that expensive.

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      I'm sorry to hear you don't have a house :(

      • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

        I'm not. Had a house once not worth the hassle.

        • Jephri

          Trolls live under bridges, so I guess you don't need a house...

          • Doakie


      • meko

        Neither do I have one although I could afford it. It is a lousy investment.

    • Sokvannara Chhy

      A lot of unlocked phones cost about that much.

      • jani jokela

        that dosent mean the price is rational

    • Timothy Phan

      An iPhone 5s 32gb model costs $750. And the 16gb costs $650. So a lot of people.

    • ins0mn1a

      can you please elaborate some more on how a gaming PC is more useful than a good smartphone, it's the funniest thing i read all day.

      btw, i think almost any computer investment can be justified, including a gaming PC, if that's what one needs for whatever reason. but the shock at the smartphone investment, that's epic, especially when in the US most smartphone owners pay the order of $700 for their phones, through their 2-yr contracts. not to mention that for quite a few people a smartphone is by far the most useful computer they own.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Where did you buy a car for 700$? In a toy store?

  • Woe, Is [S]unjay

    Still overpriced

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

      Except that it's not.
      It's a very high-end device with a huge display. Anything less would be 'underpriced' compared with competing devices.

      • Woe, Is [S]unjay

        Sub-par camera.
        Lack of flash.
        No aluminum like the Z1.

        • Doakie

          Sub par camera, and lack of flash those kill the deal... Lack of aluminum I couldn't give a damn. I'd just end up covering it with a TPU case anyways... Not to mention my M7 got a pit in its aluminum INSIDE A CASE. Aluminum is a con to me.

          • Woe, Is [S]unjay

            That's not the point. What i'm saying is that it should be less expensive to produce due to the less-expensive hardware that is being used.

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

          Normal camera for normal use, you mean.
          Do you often use a flash? Because I don't. Basically never.

          If the body is not made of aluminium, they did a damn good job at pretending. Because I've held the device multiple times and it felt pretty luxurious still.

          • Woe, Is [S]unjay

            My point is not whether the features are often utilized or which tablet is the best on the market. I'm just saying that the sub-par camera, omission of flash and aluminum along with the lack of R&D makes it cheaper to produce so Sony is getting high profit margins.

          • http://www.android.com/ HyperTallih

            yeah btw me and science choosed the Z2 instead of galaxy s5. and we will hold it on the Z2.

          • Woe, Is [S]unjay

            Interesting, why did you change your mind about the S5?

          • http://www.android.com/ HyperTallih

            It's more premium (glass and that is shining) More colors than the S5 amoled display. More storage and faster nice-looking UI.Noise-Cancellation headphones. There are more reasons but this is some of them.

          • Woe, Is [S]unjay

            These are all great reasons :) Lets hope that it comes to Verizon and T-Mobile early.

          • http://www.android.com/ HyperTallih

            Okay, i think i'm going to buy a vodafone xperia z2 (the netherlands) Or a unlocked xperia z2.

          • Woe, Is [S]unjay

            You can't go wrong either way. I don't know much a Vodafone so I can't compare that well.

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

            And that's why they were able to cut the price, I guess :)

      • Victor Sato

        a tablet with a bigger display would be the same thing except with a phone antenna

  • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio royblumenthal

    I'm very open to large phones. But when I went round to the phone shop and handled the Z Ultra, I found that it wouldn't fit into any of my pockets. I always wear cargo pants, and not one pocket was big enough.

    I reckon when they release the next generation, they may make it shorter and narrower, and retain the screen size. Cos that screen is super-impressive.

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

      This, exactly. I'm a person who wears jeans with huge pockets anyway, and in some way the Nexus 7 (2012) and PlayStation Vita both used to fit. But it was far from comfortable, and since a phone is a device you'd be carrying with you all the time, I just couldn't get the Z Ultra, so I had to go with the smaller Z1 instead (not a bad choice after all though).

  • Jephri

    Z2 ultra on the way, headed to T-Mobile! (rumor)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      Not a rumor, I assure you. It's coming.

  • Alvin Brinson

    If I didn't already have 2 Nexus 7's....

    • Michael J Carroll

      Put one up to your head, that way you can see how it feels to make a call from this.

  • Paridhi Mehta Goel

    Love d Phablet...it's simply awesome...