Sony’s super-sized 6.4-inch phablet may be launching in the U.S. as a Wi-Fi only tablet. The Xperia Z Ultra recently passed through the FCC witout a mobile baseband radio, suggesting the humongous handset could get a second life as a tiny tablet.
The new Xperia Z Ultra variant sports a Snapdragon 800 processor and the same 6.4-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and 8-megapixel rear camera found on the original phablet. The Wi-Fi only device also offers the same water and dust-resistant coating, which the FCC demonstrates in one photo showing the phablet partially submerged in water.
There’s no word on when the Z Ultra tablet will launch or how much it might cost, but Sony will have to drop the price down significantly from the phablet’s current price. The handset currently costs $649 in its stock Android Google Play variant or $630 unlocked when you buy it straight from Sony, though as a Wi-Fi only tablet it needs to cost less to stay competitive, even if it is water resistant.