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Google officially pulled the Xperia Z Ultra GPE from the Play Store a few days ago, but it looks like stock wasn't completely gone. The device has shown up on Expansys USA for just $349.99. That's $100 less than Google's last price for it. We don't know how long it's going to last, but Expansys says it has more then 100 in stock right now.

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This is a niche device, but it's way too big to fit in any actual niches in real life. The Z Ultra has a 6.4-inch screen at 1080p. Inside is a Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage with a microSD card. The big 3,000mAh battery might be one of the main selling points for this device, though. It also has all the necessary HSPA and LTE bands to function on North American GSM networks (unlocked).

The Xperia Z Ultra GPE runs completely stock Android 4.4 KitKat, but it's not clear how future updates will go. The OEMs are technically responsible for updating the GPE devices with some help from Google. Now that the phone is no longer for sale, is it doomed to fade away? It'll cost you $349.99 to find out firsthand. Standard US shipping starts at $7.99, but it can ship internationally if you're willing to pay for it.

[Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPE on Expansys]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Guest

    At the price of a Nexus 5,this surely is must buy.

  • Raymond Berger

    I'd almost be tempted to buy this but I'm holding out for the next Moto X.

  • UniBroW

    Had I not just bought a Nexus 5, I'd definitely pull the trigger on this... Hell, I might anyway. Must avoid temptation....

  • John Lord

    if only this had flash

    • RTWright

      Flash???

      • John Lord

        Camera flash, it doesn't have one,I've wanted this phone for months,but this imperfection irks me, why didn't they just give it a flash :(

        • RTWright

          Ah ok, hmmm, never thought about that. I could have sworn it had one. But yeah if it doesn't that would be a bummer. I had looked at this phone a while back and was very impressed. I still am, but holding out for another now.

      • gordan

        Ahhh ahhh

    • Louie Cañedo

      the flash function on phones is horrible at best. is that really a deal breaker?

      • John Lord

        Yes!!!! How can they justify not giving a high end phone flash? I rarely use the flash on my phone, but it's something my device needs to have

    • ltredbeard

      I don't use flash for taking pics, but it would be hard to not have a flashlight.

      • John Lord

        Lol good point, but not even for pictures at nights at social gatherings and such?

        • ltredbeard

          I've never had much luck with phone cameras at night, so I'll use my actual camera or skip taking pics.

  • Lars Christensen

    Great price - if not for a phone then a small mini tablet.

    Just a question - does the GE also have a shatterproof film on top of the display?

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

      Unfortunately, yes. And just like any other screen protector, it scratches if you look at it. I don't care how careful you are with it, you're going to see scratches after a week or so.

      • Solution

        I have this phone and I installed Illumishied front and back protectors. Its been 3 months not a single scratch on protector very durable! and 3 sets in a pack for $10! I love my z ultra and I want to take care of it!

      • MoDare

        Yeah, if you carry it with your keys.

  • vn33

    If you like the screen size, this is a must buy!
    I love my Z Ultra ... my tablet replacement!

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

    This phone is amazing. Simple as that. Best device purchase I've made in years.

  • http://hugehog.blogspot.com/ Herman

    Now I wish I had a reason and any spare cash at all to buy this.
    This is insanely cheap for such high-end waterproof tablet-like smartphone *-*

    Don't get me wrong, I love my Sony Xperia Z1, but the screen is just not big enough for me (there I said it).

  • tintin.92

    I wonder why this didn't have flash of any sort...

  • Bruno

    There's only one problem, If it's Google Play Edition then Sony might not have installed all their audio programs. Which is a bit problematic because Sony's audio is better than Google's audio.

    • Gordon

      They did install the audio enhancements.

  • Alex Boro

    I tried this phone out at a sony store and its WAY too big. This is coming from a guy who has a note 3 and it is more like a tablet than a phone

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    What a great deal. I spent over 500 for mine and it was worth every penny.

  • shanedization

    Amazing Z ultra!!! This pice made me to not buying iPhone anymore!! No need to!!

  • Ambroos

    They sold these on sale for €229 here last week (at a regular retailer, the Sony edition) and I was too late to get one :<

  • Water LEE

    Contact expansys.com B2B sales team in Hong Kong if you are looking for stock for your store.

  • gelato

    Anyone else having problems with overheating and battery drain? I would like the phone otherwise but it's pretty impossible to use witha phone that's too hot to hold comfortably and battery that doesn't last more than 4-5 hours best with low to moderate usage. I have the most updated android 4.4.4 so it's not because of outdated software.

  • Green2u

    Does End of Life for the Google Play Edition mean there's a good chance this device will never get an Android L update (and beyond)? I'd love to jump on the $349 Expansys deal on this device but don't want to use the device as a doorstop a few months from now.

  • serendipity1002

    Aside from the less than average camera, you can hardly get a better deal than this