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Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet and stylus teased in July 4th invite

Sony has teased us with its soon to be Galaxy Note-rivalling gadget, the Xperia Z Ultra. The invitation to the company’s French launch event has leaked online, revealing the large Android smartphone and its rather swanky looking stylus.

Previously known as the ‘Togari’ or Xperia ZU, the device is a huge Android smartphone that straddles the line between smartphone and tablet. It’s said to feature a 6.44-inch Full HD screen, a crazy 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with some brand new Sony software on top.

Not afraid to tease, Sony has shown us the side view of the Xperia Z Ultra on the invite, revealing that familiar Xperia power button and a very similar design to the Xperia Z. Handwriting the message “Don’t forget to mark your calendar!” is a silver stylus, which is rumoured to slot into the bottom of the phone, a la Galaxy Note.

The device was previously thought to be launched on June 25th, but that leaked invite turned out to be a fake. This French invite comes courtesy of the most reliable Xperia news source on the web, Xperia Blog, so we reckon it’s the real deal.

The Xperia Z Ultra is expected to be extraordinarily thin at just 6.5mm and will rock Sony’s latest Triluminos screen technology with Bravia Mobile Engine 2 as a boost in the image department. There’s also said to be 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and an 8 megapixel camera on the back, plus a micro SD card slot to expand on the phone’s memory capacity. Earlier rumours told of the phone being waterproof like the Xperia Z and ZL; however the invite clearly shows a wide open headphone socket on the side the phone, which doesn’t look all that water friendly to us.

We’re liking the look of the Xperia Z Ultra already, and whilst it may be borrowing more than an idea from Samsung, the rumoured specifications would suggest it will outstrip the Galaxy Note series in almost every way.

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