Sony Xperia Z Ultra Snapdragon 800 gives record-breaking benchmark

News Paul Briden 11:20, 17 Jun 2013

An AnTuTu benchmark result shows the Sony Xperia ZU is the fastes smartphone on the planet

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra, aka the Sony Xperia ZU, has cropped up in benchmark results showing its Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip to be the fastest mobile setup to date.

Sony’s 6.4-inch phablet handset, which is expected for launch on June 25, scored 32173 in the AnTuTu benchmarking app. The score is higher than leaked results for an alleged Samsung Galaxy S4 variant sporting the same hardware, which clocked up a score of 31491 in the same app.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that like-for-like processor setups in rival devices have outperformed Samsung’s use of Qualcomm chips. The HTC One had the same Qualcomm 600 as the current Samsung Galaxy S4 and clocked 200MHz slower at 1.7GHz compared to the Galaxy S4’s 1.9GHz, but Samsung’s scores still came at lower.

Of course, in each case the difference is largely negligible, the end user is still going to experience blindingly fast speeds.

The Sony Xperia ZU will be Sony’s first ‘phablet’ device – a large form-factor smartphone with a stylus accessory. Reports indicate the display tech will be sophisticated enough that if you don’t have the stylus to hand you can still draw and write with a pencil, pen, cocktail stick – anything pokey or pointy, basically.

The rest of the spec is also going to be pretty premium in-line with the processor. It’ll have a 6.4-inch Triluminos display with Sony’s new X-Reality engine and OptiContrast technology.

Generally these added technology layers should mean colour is incredibly rich, contrast has plenty of pop, dark colours have loads of depth, whites are pure and overall everything should be incredibly sharp. It’ll boast a 1920x1080 pixel Full HD resolution at 342 pixels-per-inch.

According to leaked specs you can expect 16GB of storage to be onboard plus microSD support for cards up to 64GB, an 8-megpixel Exmor RS camera, NFC, MHL, a 3,000mAh battery pack and both dust and water proofing. We’d also expect 4G connectivity.

The invites for Sony’s next big event, taking place in Paris, France later this month, showed a stylus pen – pretty much confirming the Xperia ZU will launch at this time.

We’ll be reporting all the news and details on the Xperia ZU launch as it happens.

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