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Sony’s freshly announced Xperia Z Ultra will be available on Three when it hits shop shelves this Q3, the network has confirmed.

Three announced via a blog post that the Z Ultra (or ZU for short) will be ‘coming soon’ to its ‘UltraFast’ network - becoming the first and only UK network to confirm plans to range the handset since its official unveiling yesterday.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra colours (official)

Alas, Three didn’t provide any specifics as to when the when the Z Ultra will be actually available, nor any details on pricing. Hopefully these will be revealed closer to launch, along with the option to pre-order the device on the carrier’s popular pay-monthly tariffs.

Following on Three’s footsteps, Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u and Dialaphone have also put up ‘Coming Soon’ pages for the Z Ultra, with Carphone expecting to have stock in September.

Billed as the world’s largest and slimmest full HD smartphone, the Xperia Z Ultra is home to a 6.4-inch ‘Triluminous’ display with Sony’s latest ‘X-Reality’ technology that fixes and replaces broken pixels in videos in real-time and can register inputs from a stylus or even a pencil or pen, making it a bona fide contender to the Samsung Galaxy Note.

Powered by Qualcomm’s all-new Snapdragon 800 chipset with four 2.2GHz cores and 4G LTE support, the Z Ultra is equally massive in brawn and offers ‘one-touch’ NFC connectivity with compatible accessories and devices, such as speakers and televisions.

Also on board the device is an eight-megapixel rear-mounted featuring an Exmor RS sensor for enhanced low-light photography. This is teamed with a two-megapixel front-cam for HD video calls.

Better still, just like its predecessor, the Xperia Z, the Z Ultra is also certified water and dust resistant (rated IP55 and IP58) and even packs a waterproof headset jack for extra protection.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra black (official)

Commenting on the Z Ultra’s impressive credentials, Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at uSwitch.com, said: “Delivering the sizable 'phablet' form factor favoured by Samsung, the 6.4-inch screen of the Z Ultra certainly caters to the 'all-in-one' desires of those looking for a powerful and complete tablet experience, without compromising on the traditional calls and messaging that a smartphone provides.

“The Z Ultra's premium looks and slick design could win over quite a few consumers, but the allimportant network price points will dictate whether Sony's comeback can continue unabated.”

Stay tuned as we bring you more Xperia Z Ultra news and announcements in the coming weeks.

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