Sony and Google have released the Google Play edition of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, the Japanese electronic giant’s 6.4-inch device which tries to marry the tablet and smartphone form factors. 

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition is available for purchase on the Google Play Store only in the United States, at a $649 price tag. For the uninitiated, Google Play editions feature Stock Android just like Google’s Nexus devices, stripping off the user interface customizations deployed by device manufacturers.

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition is powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, along with an Adreno 330 GPU, and 2GB of RAM. The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system.

The Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition sports a 6.4-inch display with a resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels and pixel density of 342ppi, incorporating Sony’s Triluminos and X-Reality for mobile display technology.

The water-proof and dust-resistant (IP55 and IP58) device, sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with Exmor RS for mobile sensor, capable of recording full-HD video. It doesn’t feature an LED flash. The front of the device features a 2-megapixel shooter, also capable of recording 1080p video. It comes with 16GB internal storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD card, and NFC capability in addition to supporting 4G LTE networks.

The Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition also includes Sony’s proprietary technology including 3D surround sound, ClearAudio+, Clear Bass, Clear Phase, xLoud experience. It also supports Pen input with stylus though handwriting recognition is not supported.

It’s interesting to note that the Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition (GPE) is the company’s first such device. Previously, HTC and Samsung had released Google Play edition variants of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4, respectively.

Sony was not the only one to announce a GPE device. South Korean giant LG, also announced the Google Play edition of its 8.3-inch Android tablet, the G Pad 8.3. The tablet features an 8.3-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920 X 1200 pixels.

The tablet is powered by a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of internal storage and a 4.600mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat.

The LG G Pad 8.3 sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.The Wi-Fi only device is available at a price point of $349.99 on the Google Play Store in the United States. It’s not clear if LG intends to sell it outside of the US, at the moment.

In addition to the Google Play editions, Google has also taken the wraps off a white colour variant of the Nexus 7 (2013) tablet. The variant is available only in the US, UK and Japan, and is only available for the Wi-Fi only 32GB version of the tablet, at the moment.

The Nexus 7 (2013) is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, a quad-core processor running at 1.5 GHz. It comes in 16GB or 32GB internal storage variants, and features 2GB RAM, a 7-inch screen with FullHD resolution(1920 X 1200 pixels), 3950 mAh battery, a 5-megapixel primary camera and a 1.2MP front camera with fixed focus.

Source : timesofindia