Just when you thought Google couldn't drop any more Android news today, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra has appeared in the Play Store as a Google Play Edition device. This phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat on a big 6.4-inch screen and will cost you $649.

2013-12-10 13_19_33-Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition - Devices on Google Play

This appears to be the standard Z Ultra, but with a stock Android experience in place of the Sony software. That means not only is it snappy and unencumbered by OEM apps, but it's water and dust-resistant too. This phone does include a few Sony display tweaks not included in other GPE devices, though. Like the other GPE devices, this one is GSM unlocked and completely open. Here's the full spec list:

  • Screen: 6.4-inch, 1920 x 1080, 342ppi
  • CPU: Snapdragon 800 Quad Core, 2.2 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Size: 179 x 92 x 6.5 mm
  • Weight: 212g
  • Cameras: 8MP with Exmor RS sensor (main), 2MP (front)
  • Storage: 16GB plus microSD
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Software: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Network: GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz), 4G LTE (700, 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100, 2600 MHz)

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If you order now, the device will allegedly leave the warehouse in 1-2 days with free shipping. The device should accept your AT&T and T-Mobile SIM cards without any hassle and support full LTE connectivity.

[Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition, Sony Mobile]