Sony Xperia ZU specs, price, release date rumours

News Paul Briden 18:02, 17 Jun 2013

We round up all the rumours and spec details for the Sony Xperia ZU

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra, or the Sony Xperia ZU, as it’s also known, will be the company’s first foray into phablet and stylus-driven phone territory. The device is shaping up to be quite a formidable opponent to the current crop of competitor handsets. Read on to find out all we know about this giant Sony phone.

Sony Xperia ZU Display

Multiple rumours point to Sony’s phablet device sporting a 6.44-inch display and although the company rarely mentions what specific technology is used we reckon the vast majority are LCD. It’s said to have a Full HD 1920x1080 pixel resolution and the most recent reports indicate a pixel density of 342 pixels-per-inch (ppi), which should be pretty sharp.

Sony’s going all-out on its technology layers. For a start you’ve got a bundled-in stylus, but according to repeated rumours and leaks the screen will let you use a pencil or other stylus-like object should you find yourself without the included apparatus.

On top of this, you’ve got Sony’s OptiContrast, which, as the name implies, enhances contrast, dark tones and black depth. There’s also Sony’s X-Reality engine, which is an evolution on the company’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2 and further enhances colour as well as the general quality of the image. The display is said to use Triluminos display technology, which allegedly produces richer, brighter and more natural colours than conventional display setups.

Sony Xperia ZU Hardware

Leaked specs and benchmarks show the Xperia ZU will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 graphics processing unit (GPU).

More recently a benchmark result emerged via AnTuTu showing the Xperia ZU’s hardware outperformed results allegedly from a Qualcomm 800-powered Samsung Galaxy S4 variant.

Onboard storage is pegged at 16GB and it’s thought there will be microSD support for cards up to 64GB. Connectivity will include NFC, MHL, Wi-Fi and Miracast. Although not mentioned we’d also expect to see Bluetooth, microUSB, GPS, HSPA+ and 4G LTE.

Infrared ports are currently trending and another similarly specced handset from Sony, the Xperia i1, is listed in leaked specs as packing such technology. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Xperia ZU carried it too.

Lastly, the battery is rated at 3,000mAh, hopefully ensuring we won’t see a repeat of the Xperia Z’s relatively short lifespan on one charge.

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