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Jun
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Update: If you were hoping for the Z2 Ultra, keep hoping. This is the Xperia T3.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that "the next big thing" that Sony is teasing in this coy blog post is not a pretty lady in a red dress. While those are always appreciated, they've been around for a while. No, that oh-so-subtle headline probably has more to do with the device hanging out in the foreground.

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Sony could be preparing a six-foot Xperia Galactus, but the smart money is on an update to the Xperia Z Ultra. That odd device was one of the first of the new mega-sized smartphones with a 6.4-inch, 1080p display when it launched a year ago. Since then phones from Samsung, HTC, and others have come in at roughly the same size. Sony sold the phone as a larger alternative to its premium Xperia Z, much closer to a tablet form factor - in fact, they sold a WiFi-only version as a de facto tablet in Japan. Eventually we got a Google Play Edition of the Z Ultra here in the United States.

Sony likes to wait for the major trade shows to reveal big hardware, but the next one is IFA in September, so we may be looking at a simple press release. That's what Sony did for the Z Ultra last year. (Which is OK with us - airfare is expensive.) Bet on "Xperia Z2 Ultra" for the name, matching the current smartphone and tablet flagships. Hopefully this one will include an LED flash, which was the only major omission from the original.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

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://AppsZoom.com/ Peter Warrior

    It's a matter of perspective.

    • remister

      Right now, it just seems blurry to me.

      • Jonathan Epp

        I was wondering if that was the clue. Lytro style camera that can refocus in post?

  • Aditya Siddharth

    Awesome Can't wait for this I so wanted to get the first edition, but the lack of an LED flash gave me pause

  • BAM1789

    I had a Z Ultra GPE for like a week a few months back.. God damn that phone was nice, just wouldn't fit in dem skinny jeans. But seriously, it was a great phone, just couldn't fit in my pants (there's a joke in there somewhere).

    • Jephri

      Problem Solved

      • Kettir

        Better idea: get a slim camera case with a nice long adjustable strap, preferably with the ability to unsnap the strap on at least one end. Put it around your waist and wear it like a gunslinger. You will automatically walk 25% cooler. Yeah....I'm a phoneslinger.

  • Frank Lopez

    If it is not a all screen edge to edge quad screen in the front (no branding) htc metal exterior - the latest snapdragon, 4gb of memory, lumia 1020 optics.

    It is not the next best thing. It is simply a wannabe next best thing device an upgrade not a facelift.

    • Jephri

      They said "next big thing" not best thing. But while you are at it why not add a 256 gb of memory, pop out quad copter blades, projector, taser, personal vibrator and pocket knife to your dream list of features. I wouldn't want your expectations to be too low.

      • Namaste

        Personally, I love dual copter blades, but whatever.

        • Justin Dugan

          ^This. Four is just too many.

        • Jephri

          Really? On a phone this size? I think two would be such a disappointment. Not buying it unless it has 4 (or more).

      • Matthew Fry

        Remind me not to borrow your dream phone....

        • Jephri

          Oh, not my dream phone, just an addition to a list of impossible specs. Quad copters, knife and vibrator don't exactly mix well.

  • jonathan3579

    Has it been 6 months since the Z Ultra was released?

    • BumpedHisHead

      A whole year, actually. Sony must have forgot about it.

  • NS

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    • usaff22

      SPAM

  • abobobilly

    6 foot smartphone. I lol'ed.

  • lobstermagnet

    I want a 6 ft phone to add to my collection of phablets. I already have 4 tablets and a note 3 lol... A z2 ultra would be nice though

    • Jephri

      This guy. :)

  • Dan

    I like that the tooltip for the photo is "big"

  • Paul Schinider

    I Think Sony will launch new Sony Xperia with bigger Screen. Sony Xperia New Smartphones http://tiny.cc/6r3tgx

  • dooga

    This is the phone Ive been waiting for to replace my Note2...

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    So... Sony's making a porno?