Sony Makes Wi-Fi-only Xperia Z Ultra 'tablet' Official in Japan

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.

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    Sony Japan this week confirmed that it will be selling a WiFi-only version of the Xperia Z Ultra.
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    Specswise, you're looking at [...] support for 4G LTE


    Wait... if it supports 4G LTE, then how exactly is this device "WiFi-only"?
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    Sony Japan this week confirmed that it will be selling a WiFi-only version of the Xperia Z Ultra.
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    Specswise, you're looking at [...] support for 4G LTE
    Wait... if it supports 4G LTE, then how exactly is this device "WiFi-only"?


    Exactly, someone needs to explain to jane WIFI is NOT a modem and has nothing to do with a phone call. That is WIRELESS which is LTE/2g/3g etc etc, CDMA/GSM etc etc...Tech you use to make calls with. There are far too many to list, but none of these are WIFI related.

    WIFI is wireless networking (like connecting to your ROUTER, or wifi hotspot), not wireless phone calls (radio to get to your cell TOWER). They said the same a week or two ago and I just shook my head. A tech site that doesn't seem to understand the TECH...LOL.

    They cut the MODEM from the phone to make it a tablet like device which usually have no wireless and for 95% of us it's useless in tablets. I've yet to see someone make a call on a wireless tablet, as you carry a SMALLer phone for that. She's confused, please google wifi, or wi-fi and never do this again. It's not an accident if you keep doing it. You must actually not know there is a difference at this point. Why pay for the modem in a device you'd never use it in?

    Having said that why go 6in with a tablet for $500 when you can go the same on any 10.1 like nexus 10, etc and probably already own a phone nearly as big? That just seems stupid, I still don't understand puny 7in models selling as tablets. I really don't like my dads 10in nexus (I can't even imagine trying the same stuff on the 7 I already hate on the 10), and hope the rumor of 12in in nexus r2 is true. Then again I don't think I can really enjoy it until it's got a K1 in it, 1920x1200 or 1080p and is 13in or bigger. I don't find reading on a 10in enjoyable at all. A few more inches for a movie would be great too. But I won't buy anything over 1920x1200 until 10nm or smaller since anything above this is almost useless for gaming.
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  • Ahhh, @nobodyspecial wrong again!Many people use 3G (this one with 4G LTE) dongles on their tablets to make phone calls or as a data connect to the internet, in addition you can of course use wifi to make phone calls.Apparently you are not aware of the fact that there is a global market for tablets and therefore different needs.Yes, it is you that is confused.
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