A couple of exciting announcements have been made today. As if one Google Play Edition device wasn’t enough, we have been treated to two in one single day! After LG officially announced the very first Google Play Edition tablet, its vanilla Android touting G Pad 8.3, Sony too has made a similar announcement, though about a smartphone. The Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition has been released today.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra smartphone was released earlier this year and it boasts impressive specifications. Up front, there’s a gigantic 6.4 inch HD Triluminos display powered by X-Reality for mobile engine, quadcore Snapdragon 800 processor from Qualcomm, NFC, 4G LTE, as well as IP55 & IP58 certification, proof of the Z Ultra being dust resistant and waterproof. Google Play Edition variants don’t have different hardware specifications, so the Xperia Z Ultra GPE has the exact same hardware under the hood. The only difference, a major one at that, is the software. This variant ships with Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed, and since GPE provides the “Nexus experience,” these variants are further up the line whenever a major Android OS update is being rolled out. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition is available for purchase today in the U.S. through Google Play Store for $649.00, it hasn’t been revealed when this variant will be released in additional markets.