The launch date of Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra has been confirmed as 12th September, reports AndroidCentralPricing starts at $799 off contract, putting it head-to-head with the Samsung S4 and HTC One – pretty tough competition.

Sony is billing it as the world’s largest HD smartphone, with a 6.44-inch 1080p display, 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, LTE, 8MP rear facing camera and 16GB of internal storage upgradeable with microSD card. Like the Z it replaces, the Z Ultra is also water- and dust-resistant.

Interestingly, we were originally expecting the handset to launch in July, and at least one supplier appears to have them in stock already.

We spoke to the folks at Negri Electronics about the Xperia Z Ultra, and they have models in purple and white, starting at $799 USD — and they are in stock right now.

Sony’s overlays are not usually the best (to put it mildly), so we’ll be interested to see how this one stacks up, along with its mini version, the Xperia i1.

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