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This article was published on January 22, 2014

Only in Japan: Sony transforms its Xperia Z Ultra smartphone into a WiFi-only tablet

Only in Japan: Sony transforms its Xperia Z Ultra smartphone into a WiFi-only tablet
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Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in touch via Twitter or Google+.

newxperiazIs the “world’s slimmest” 6.4-inch full HD Xperia Z Ultra from Sony a smartphone or a tablet? The company seems to be marketing it as both.

Sony unveiled the Xperia Z Ultra in June last year, touting it as a large-screen smartphone with 4G LTE support, powered by a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and equipped with a 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. A Google Play edition of the Z Ultra was released last month.

However, Sony has just launched the Xperia Z Ultra WiFi-only version in Japan today, positioning it as a tablet instead. The WiFi-only variant, which has the same specs as the original Xperia Z Ultra, will be released on January 24 for 52,000 yen (about $499). A Sony spokesperson says that there are no plans to make the WiFi-only version available outside of Japan.

Image via Sony