LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition models announced


Google Play Edition

New Google Play editions are here again, to make your Christmas even Merrier with the launch of two devices from LG and Sony. The LG G Pad 8.3 and the Sony Xperia Ultra GPE went official in the United States each running vanilla build of Android 4.4. And to make it more interesting the devices run respective OEMs and a strictly stock UI without third party software preloads or skins. This means that the feel will be different to the user who buys these devices as far as the look and feel is to go by.

Having Kitkat out of the box is just what every user prays for instead of having to upgrade the phone, which is an uphill task to most of the users. As we seen the G pad 8.3 launch in September, the Google Play edition comes with an upgrade on the Android version to Kitkat 4.4, making it stand out from the earlier model. Being part of the Play edition it should receive regular updates to the latest version of Android straight from Google itself. The original had a noticeably customized version of the OS, so this new incarnation will target those looking for something a bit simpler software-wise, but as usual have the original look of the OEMs.


Straight to the LG G Pad 8.3, it comes with 8.3 inch 1920×1200 display and Snapdragon 600 APQ8064 SoC, the internal storage is 16 GB, and a microSD slot will extend up to 64GB. There’s also dual band Wi-Fi, a 5 MP rear camera, and 1.3 MP front facing camera. This updated version is now retailing at $349.99 on Google Play Store.

The Xperia Z Ultra whose original version was announced  back in June. It is now available for $649 in the US, which comes with 16 GB of internal storage and drops the Xperia branding. The Xperia Z Ultra is a large smartphone with 6.4-inch 1080p Triluminos display and based around the 2.2 GHz MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 SoC, a microSD card slot and a 3000mAh battery that’s powering the whole package. It also bags 6.5mm thick IP58 certified body meaning it’s water resistant and also dust proof. The Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition supports 3G at 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz and 4G LTE at 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz, meaning that it should play nicely with AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S.

This is a special gift from Google this festive season and we should all have a reason to make loved ones smile with such products up for sale.