With Samsung, HTC and LG already invited to the “Google Play Edition” party, one of very few big names in the Android game still left out was Sony. But no more, as the Xperia Z Ultra is up for grabs now via the Play Store in a flavor powered by stock Android.
Android 4.4 KitKat, that is, so the 6.4-inch phablet joins a very select club of devices running the latest and greatest version of Google’s mobile OS, made official a mere month and a half ago. Impossible to score stateside with subsidies even in a standard version, the Xperia Z Ultra has been oddly rebranded as the Z Ultra in its Google Play variation, costing $649 outright.
That’s a pretty solid deal, mind you, as on top of chocolaty software, the beast comes with Full HD crispness in tow, quad-core Snapdragon 800 power and 2 GB RAM. MicroSD support too, which is a feature you don’t usually find on Nexus gizmos.
Granted, the Z Ultra Google Play is technically not a Nexus, but it’s close enough and it should be one of the very first in line for software updates beyond 4.4. Oh, and by the by, the Z Ultra sold through Big G’s online store supports HSPA+ and 4G LTE connectivity on a number of bands, including some friendly to AT&T and T-Mobile.
Santa, take note, I want one of these babies under my Christmas tree. Oh, alright, an LG G Pad 8.3 would probably do the trick too.