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Wi-Fi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra blurs phone-tablet line

Wi-Fi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra blurs phone-tablet line
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Sony’s website makes the Wi-Fi-only version of the Xperia Z Ultra official–in Japan.

Technically, most of the industry considers Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra a phablet–that 2-inch gray area between smartphone (screen size of up to 5 inches) and tablet (screen size starting from 7 inches). Phablets are thought of as smartphones so large that they are almost tablets. But not really.

It’s confusing for many, and Sony isn’t helping. The Xperia Z Ultra is already pushing the envelope when it comes to extra large smartphones with its 6.4-inch screen. And with the announcement of the model’s Wi-Fi-only version, it’s like the smartphone has just decided to jump ship and be a full-blown, albeit small, tablet. In fact, the Sony Japan website calls it a tablet. Nothing else.

So, what do you call a tablet so small that it is almost a phone but not really? With both hands thrown in the air, let’s just call all of them mobile devices, shall we?

To be released on January 24, this iteration’s availability elsewhere isn’t confirmed yet.

Words Aritha Zel Zalamea

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