Xperia Z Ultra: The world’s slimmest full HD smartphone

The Xperia Z Ultra is Sony’s latest phablet. The most notable thing about the device is its size. With a whopping 6.44 inch full HD display, videos and gaming are a please to the eyes. Sony has also answered recent complains of existing screen displays by introducing Triluminos Display and X-Reality for mobile in the Z Ultra. With a wider color spectrum, the Z Ultra is able to produce better and more natural colors that are true to the image/ video. X-Reality for mobile is the upgraded version of the Mobile Bravia Engine 2, and renders images sharper, less noisy, more saturated etc. Here’s the official video to explain the two new technology in the Z Ultra:

Moreover, Sony has came up with a one-two punch by including the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Clocking in at a blazing fast speed of 2.2Ghz with 2GB of RAM and a brand new Adreno 330 GPU, this device is SMOOTH and FLUID. We’ve got a demo set to play with for a week and this is the first time we can confidently say that the user experience on a Sony device is top notch! fonearena has done a good job by testing the Z Ultra with the various benchmarks for all you techies to compare. Link is right here!

The Xperia Z Ultra packs the standard NFC connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 and comes in two variants, 3G model (which is already launched in the market) and a LTE 4G model (which is due to release some time in September).

Last but not least, a high end Sony device nowadays will always come encased in a water resistant form. This time, Sony has up-ed one level in the IP ratings, from IP57 to IP58. The Xperia Z Ultra is waterproof, up to a depth of 1.5m and for a duration of 30mins.

 

 

Casing Review: TourMate (for Xperia Z)

The TourMate casings have arrived!

The TourMate casing comes in two versions. Both versions are available in black, white, pink and blue.

Version 1

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For this version, the back is matte translucent with clear transparent sides. It is of silicone material and is thus quite flexible, making removal and mounting of the casing much easier. And because of its material, it provides a much stronger and better grip for the phone.

Same as most of the casings introduced, all the charging and audio jack ports, lock/on-off button and volume keys are exposed and unobstructed.

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And this is how your Xperia Z will look like with the casings on:

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Version 2

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In general, there is not much difference between this version and Version 1. The main two differences are its material finishing and the design of the sides. This version is also made of silicone, but it comes in a gloss finish. Grip wise, it works as well as Version 1’s.

The design of the side is slightly different as the opening on the left side (reference from front view) has all its usb port, microSD slot and charger dock access left exposed and unobstructed. For those who plans on getting a charger-dock station, this will probably be the one that caters to your needs.

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And this is how your Xperia Z will look like with the casings on:

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Xperia Z cases/ bumpers for sale!

Great news for all new Xperia Z users! Here at KYX, we’ve pre-ordered a few cases/ bumpers that will fit greatly with your brand new Xperia Z. All cases will be available from mid to late of March, so register your interest through knowyourxperia@gmail.com right now! **PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE SITUATED IN SINGAPORE, AND ALL SHIPPING COST WILL BE INCURRED BY THE BUYER**

We’ve got two bumpers, one from X-Doria (under SGD30, pricing TBC)…

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and the other from iBUFFALO! (SGD16)

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We’ve got a silicone case from TourMate (under SGD10, pricing TBC). More colors available in this link!

We’re on Facebook!

For the convenience of everyone, we’ve created a Facebook page and will be updating everything on that page too. On top of this, it’ll provide us with the ability to answer any heart-burning questions you have, faster! We’ll also be posting images of all our accessories and pictures taken with Xperia devices for you to compare!

So why wait? Like and share our link now!

Review: Xperia Z Glow-in-dark Case (by iBUFFALO)

Looking for something unique yet able to protect your phone? Hate it when you could not find your phone in your bag? This glow-in-the-dark cover is something that you definitely want to consider.

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The material of this cover is also silicone but it comes with a softer touch. And because of its material, it provides a certain amount of slip resistance, giving a firmer grip over your phone.

Furthermore, not only does this cover fits onto the Xperia Z perfectly, it also provides indication for the power/lock button and volume keys. There is no need to worry for difficulty with pressing the lock/power button and volume keys as the cover is tailored to have a slight protrusion for easy handling of these keys. And same as the previous cover, all ports, speakers, microphone and camera are unobstructed to provide users with the maximum usability.

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Review: Xperia Z Silicone Bumper (by iBUFFALO)

Here at KYX, we understand that every individual has different needs and preferences and that is why we have this transparent silicone bumper for those who just want something real simple and yet able to protect their Xperia Z.

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Not only does this silicone bumper helps to protect the edges and sides, it also elevates your Xperia Z both on the front and back so that the faces are protected when laid on a flat surface. This feature comes in handy since most of us have the habit of placing our phones on tables, be it in offices, cafeterias or at home.

In addition, this bumper allows convenient charging and plugging in of earpieces without the hassle of removing your cover! Even speakers, microphones and camera are unobstructed as well.

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Furthermore, its quality has been proven to be one of its best after withstanding all the violent stretching  that we did to it (from the putting on and removing of the cover) 🙂 We would say that this is definitely a good choice for those who want to show off the original beauty of their Xperia Z without sacrificing its protection. This is something to expect from a product from Japan!

Xperia Z Side-flip Leather Hard Casing (by BASEUS)

Xperia Z Baseus CoverWith the introduction of Xperia Z, the cover of Xperia Z also made its appearance recently.

This time round, we got our hands on a side-flip leather hard casing that comes in really attractive colors. The exterior of the casing is covered in leather and the interior of the flap is covered with soft felt-cloth-alike material.

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Thus, in terms of protection against dust, dirt and scratches, this case has provided satisfactory results on the inside, as well as on the outside.

However, the design of the casing does have its ups and downs. If one has seen the Xperia Z, they would know that the charging port is on the very top left hand corner of the phone, lying just right next to the corner. And this indicates a certain amount of difficulty when designing flip covers because it is a choice between sturdiness and convenience. The flip cover that is brought in this round does not come with an opening on the cover for the charging port. In other words, the cover has to be removed in order to charge the phone. However, sacrificing this inconvenience brings sturdiness, allowing the cover to support the phone fully. On the other hand, there is a plus point which lies on the flap design. The top and bottom of the flap have been tailored to expose the speaker and microphone. This would mean that users can close the flap and continue their phone call after answering the call. This removes the nuisance of having an uncomfortable grip while being on the phone!

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What’s more, the omnibalance design of the Xperia Z can continue to shine! The side of the cover has also been tailored so that it will not obstruct the lock/power button and volume keys. However, as the volume keys for Xperia Z has slimmed down, users may have to press a bit harder as the keys will seem to sit deeper in with the cover. Once again, it is convenience versus sturdiness.

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In all, this cover does serve its purpose as a great protection against all the rough treatments that our Xperia Z may face.