By Stephen Schenck | January 20, 2014 7:16 PM
Earlier this month we heard that Sony might be planning to release a new version of the Xperia Z Ultra, the 6.44-inch “phablet” that really pushed our limits so far as how large a phone could get before we just ended up looking at it as a tablet. Yet despite how useful a waterproof, stylish tablet that size might be, Sony had only released the model as a full-fledged smartphone – with the high price to match. This new version of the Z Ultra appeared to be abandoning its cellular radio, switching to an alternate version of the Snapdragon 800 without such support, and had us hopeful that it might emerge as a cheaper WiFi-only “tablet edition” of the model. While it’s still not captial-O official, we get some great new evidence in favor of the device’s existence tonight, as its model number pops up on Sony’s own site.
As you might recall from that earlier report, this WiFi version of the Xperia Z Ultra appeared to be taking the model number SGP412. Well, today Sony added drivers for two new Z Ultra variants to its developer site, and one of those is the very same SGP412.
The other new Z Ultra is model SOL24, which is just a carrier variant for a Japanese network. Between today’s finds, and earlier FCC documentation, it sure feels like Sony is getting ready to launch these new editions quite soon. Does that mean that we’ll be hearing about them at the Mobile World Congress in Spain next month, or could Sony announce them even earlier?