When I reviewed the Xperia Z Ultra last month, I said that the 6.4-inch phablet was almost comical in its proportions. It is a perfectly fine device, despite having too slippery of a back and lacking a flash for the camera, but it’s not exactly the most pocketable of phones. Apparently, Sony is agreeing with this assessment.

This isn’t to say that they’re pulling the phablet from the shelves, but Sony has now announced a WiFi-only version of the Xperia Z Ultra. They’ve dropped any mention of “phablet” or “phone,” referring instead to the device simply as a tablet. With the obvious removal of any kind of cellular connectivity and phone-related functionality, this version of the Xperia Z Ultra is otherwise identical to its phone call-making predecessor. That means you still get the 6.4-inch 1080p display, 2.2GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 8MP camera and 3050mAh battery. And that cool multitasking is still there too, along with the waterproof-ness.

Curiously, Sony is only going to market the WiFi Z Ultra in its native Japan at the moment for $499. Considering you can get a Nexus 7 for half that price, this could be a hard sell if Sony ever decides to bring its new 6.4-inch tablet to our side of the pond.

Via MobileSyrup

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