Xperia ZU a Monster of a Phablet

Sony's preemptive answer to Galaxy Note III, the Xperia ZU, is shaping up to be a monstrosity on paper. The 6.44-inch phablet, which would make it look like you're talking away into a tile, was earlier referred to as "Xperia L4" and "Togari C680." True to Sony's values, it's more than just a stretched out Xperia Z. Sony is reportedly making use of the added space for a bigger battery, and beefier hardware.

To begin with, its 6.44-inch IPS screen offers 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, over a slightly lower 342 ppi pixel density compared to the Xperia Z. Sony ditched the Snapdragon S4 Pro for Qualcomm's flagship AP, the Snapdragon 800. This chip combines four Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 2.20 GHz, with Adreno 330 graphics, and a soft-modem that gives you cutting-edge 4G LTE cat4, and 802.11 ac Wi-Fi connectivity. This chip is backed by 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a micro-SDXC card slot letting you expand storage by up to 64 GB.

Imaging isn't high up on Sony's list with the Xperia ZU. An 8-megapixel Exmor RS-based primary camera, is paired with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing one. It's also reported that Xperia ZU won't come with a stylus à la Samsung S-Pen, but the screen should work very well with third-party stylii, and gloved hands. A 3,000 mAh battery keeps the device fed.

It's wheels up on June 25 for the Xperia ZU, which will land in Europe on the 4th of July.