Sony is taking away the Xperia Z Ultra's radio and selling it as a tablet.
Sony announced the Xperia Z Ultra back in June of 2013. The phone was introduced as a larger version of the water-resistant Xperia Z smartphone. Now, the company is hoping to sell the 6.4-inch device as a standalone tablet, too.
Sony Japan this week confirmed that it will be selling a WiFi-only version of the Xperia Z Ultra. Engadget reports that the device will launch later this week and will be priced at roughly $500.
Specswise, you're looking at a 6.44-inch full-HD Triluminos display, a 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on board storage, microSD card support for expansion of storage, an 8-megapixel camera, support for 4G LTE, and a huge 3,000 mAh battery. Of course, it's also water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes, and dust resistant, too.
In terms of hardware, the Xperia Z Ultra doesn't make for a bad tablet. Unfortunately, that price is a little hard to swallow. Sony hasn't said anything about US availability, so we don't know if this device will make it stateside. We can't help but think Sony would be better off making a dedicated Xperia Z-branded tablet as opposed to just cutting the radio from one of its phones.