It is not only the biggest; it is also the slimmest and fastest with a beautifully crafted 6.5mm body and weighing just 212 grams for ultimate portability. The previous slimmest model was
Even though the device has many advantages it is not a phone for everyone due to its size. The device has to be classified as a phablet (tablet-smartphone combo) and due to its sheer size it may be too big for some to handle. For me it works out fine as I have big hands. It is too tall to fit in a shirt's pocket.
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It does make a difference when watching high-quality videos and movies on this device.
The device is powered by industry's fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2GHz quad-core processor and an Adreno 330 graphics processor. It runs on the latest Android operating system.
It has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage and can be expanded up to 64GB using microSD slot. Out of 16GB, only 11.8GB is available for users.
The front and back are made of tempered glass, creating a seamless surface with the OptiContrast panel housed in an innovative solid metal frame.
Z Ultra is IP55 and IP58 compliant, which means that it can be immersed in water up to five feet and can take photos or record Full HD videos for 30 minutes. It is also dust proof. I tried and it worked fine but how many people are going to use these features need to be seen. All the ports are covered by flaps and you need to remove the flaps to charge, connect headphone jack or miniUSB.
The major plus point of this device is that any pencil or pen can be used as a stylus for handwriting recognition or for flipping the screens or as a mouse.
The rear autofocus camera has 8MP Exmor RS sensor without LED flash. It has high-dynamic range (HDR) for both photos and videos. The front has 2MP Full HD camera for video chatting. The rear camera has the ability to zoom 16 times digitally.
The snaps taken in decent sunlight have crystal clear details and vibrant colours. The Superior Auto mode automatically activates HDR to do its best depending on the location. In low-light conditions, the camera does not produce decent snaps. Snaps taken in normal mode produces dark images while taken in superior mode tend to be noisier. Snaps taken in night portrait with HDR produces somewhat better pictures but details are lost.
There are plenty of other modes - white balance, continue burst mode, face detection, geotagging, image stabiliser, object tracking, picture effect, quick Launch, scene recognition, self-timer, send to web, smile shutter, image sensor, sweep panorama, touch capture and touch focus to keep enthusiasts occupied.
The videos are captures in Full HD at 30 frames per second. Videos shot in excellent lighting conditions produced good quality videos but in low-light conditions it loses details and blurs creep in. The 16:9 aspect ratio of the screen is good for watching movies.
The Adreno graphics processor is capable of running the graphics rich games like Riptide GP2, Epic Citadeland and
Regarding connectivity, the device has USB 2.0, WiFI, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE, near field communications (NFC), DLNA (
The non-removable 3,050mAh battery is huge but the output is not great due to the huge screen size and the processing power. During testing, the battery on a normal workload with brightness set to 50 per cent gave around 16 hours of life. It gave around 10 hours of life on heavy load with brightness set to full. On an average it can be give one full day of use just by making calls and occasional surfing for emails,
The device can play videos for around 6.5 hours. The battery life can be increased significantly with Stamina Mode on, where the device turns off WiFi and mobile data when is the screen is off. It is priced at Dh2999.
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