Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition Released with Android 4.4 KitKat

Google states the phablet ships for free in 1 or 2 days

By on December 11th, 2013 04:31 GMT

Sony Mobile and Google have just announced the immediate availability of the Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition in the United States.

When we thought Google couldn't surprise us anymore after rolling out two KitKat updates in only two days, the search giant starts selling Sony's phablet on its Play Store.

Customers can now purchase the Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition for $650 (€470) outright via Google Play Store in the United States.

According to Google, the smarpthone ships for free in just 1-2 days, so for now there's enough stock to meet the demand. The fact that it's priced so high is probably one of the reasons the phablet isn't out of stock yet.

The Google Play Edition of Sony Xperia Z Ultra ships with Android 4.4 KitKat operating system out of the box, unlike the standard version which is still powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean platform.

It is also worth mentioning that besides stock Android and the latest Google experience, the Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition comes with some of Sony's unique tech, including Bravia smarts and X-Reality for mobile picture engine.

Aside from the that, Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition features the same specs as the standard version, so expect powerful phablet with high-end capabilities.

The Xperia Z Ultra is equipped with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, an Adreno 330 graphics processing unit and 2GB of RAM.

The phablet boasts a huge 6.4-inch full HD (1080p) TRILUMINOUS capacitive touchscreen display, as well as 16GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera and LTE support.

“Bringing our first Google Play edition device to the US market represents a milestone in Sony’s on-going developer outreach and work with Google’s Android Open Source Project.”

It’s something our users have been asking for, and now we’re responding – we’re excited to gauge reaction to the latest Android version running natively on our unique product’s hardware,” said Fredrik Ekstrand, Head of Software Product Management at Sony Mobile.

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