Xperia Z Ultra Case Launches, Turns Device into Camera

A case that turns Sony's Xperia Z Ultra into a fully fledged camera is now available.

Sony announced the new hard case at the end of last month and it is said to house the QX-series without any problems. This will add a significant amount of protection to the handset. These new cases are very similar to the ones made for the Xperia Z except they are a bit bigger.

The new cases cost around $30 and will only be available in Hong Kong to start. It should hit other markets shortly after.

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra actually functions as a Galaxy Note 3 competitor as it comes with a 6.4-inch 1080p LCD display, a water-dust resistant design and the ability to use pencils and pens instead of a stylus.

The phablet also features a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 8-megapixel front camera, 16GB storage, microSD card slot, NFC, and a 3050 mAh battery. The handset runs Android 4.2.2, JellyBean out of the box.

The 3G version will retail for $649.99 while the LTE model will sell for $679.99.

The Android 4.3, JellyBean update for the Xperia Z Ultra began rolling out last month.

Sony originally promised that it would be available for the device starting in either November or December and the company seemed to stick by its word.

The update brings some Sony-specific changes to the device along with Android 4.3. The interface has been improved and Sony native apps have been updated. The Xperia Z Ultra will get the Sony Smart Social Camera that was first introduced on the Z1.

Sony stated that the update will bring better integration between Movies, Walkman and Album apps and is cloud-based network. Users will also be able to further customize the UI using "Xperia Themes."