Sony’s Google Play Edition smartphone masquerading as a tablet, the Z Ultra, has been dropped to $449. That’s a $200 price drop, though you’re still paying a full Benjamin more than the Nexus 5. The behemoth of a phone sports a 6.4-inch display, and a few other neat tricks, such as a water-resistant body and an 8-megapixel camera.
If you truly want to teeter on the line of tablet/smartphone, this is the device to buy. And, of course, because it’s a GPE, the Z Ultra comes with vanilla Android; in this case, Android 4.4 KitKat. Other specs include a 2.2GHz quad-core chip, 16GB of internal storage (microSD expandable), 2GB of RAM, NFC and a 3000mAh battery.
Meanwhile, last year’s HTC One has already been lowered to a price of $499 in the Google Play store, down from $599. Obviously the drop is in response to HTC’s most recent flagship release, the HTC One (M8). Both devices promise to ship in 1-2 days. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 remains steadfast at a price of $649. If you purchase either the Z Ultra or HTC One (2013), Google will also offer free ground shipping for a limited time.
Below is an unboxing we did of the regular Sony Z Ultra.