Waterproof Sony Xperia Z Ultra phone

Sony has announced a waterproof Android smartphone with a 6.4in screen which should be the slimmest large-screened handset on the market.

According to Transparency Market Research, Samsung accounted for 70% of the overall superphone and phablet market in 2012 also thanks to the popularity of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. In 2013 they added the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Mega - a 6.3in-screened handset.

The new Ultra phone was unveiled at the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai and will go on sale in China, Indonesia and Singapore in July, Europe will follow in September.   The Xperia Z Ultra is 0.26in thick, only slightly deeper than the thinnest device on the market - Huawei's Ascend P6. Sony's new model does not need a flap over its headphone socket to protect it from water damage and it can also be submerged to a deeper limit of 4.9ft (in freshwater for up to half an hour).

The device features a 1080p resolution screen, 16 gigabytes of internal storage with support for 64GB microSD cards, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and a battery offering up to 11 hours talk time.

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