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.
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)
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.