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Google Play Editions of LG G Pad 8.3 & Sony Z Ultra hit the Play Store

If you love Google Play Editions, then check out this news: the Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 have now been re-released as Google Play editions, available on American soil in the Google Play Store. Coming with the latest version of Android like Google’s Nexus devices, the G Pad 8.3 can be bought for $349 dollars US, while the Z Ultra is going for $649 dollars.

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What you’ll get with these two new devices is an unlocked bootloader and the newest version of the OS, Android 4.4 KitKat. What’s more, those that purchase the new devices can rest assured that they’ll be first in line for any future updates. The downside though is that any manufacturer-specific software extras and services have been removed from the devices, leaving them with pure Android. This might come as good news to some who would rather have a clean slate to play around with rather than a handset pumped full of bloatware which uses up half the memory and sucks the life out of the battery. This is also the reason why the name is different, as the Sony UI has been given the boot: it’s now simply called Sony Z Ultra, sans Xperia.

Here's a review of the tech specs:

  Sony Z Ultra LG G Pad 8.3
Display LCD IPS, 6.4-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 341 ppi  LCD IPS, 8.3-inch, 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, 273 ppi
System Android 4.4 Android 4.4
Processor Snapdragon 800, Quad-Core, 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 600, Quad-Core, 1.7 GHz
Memory 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB + microSD 16 GB + microSD
Connectivity LTE, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, HDMI (MHL) WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI (MHL)
Infrared sensor No Yes
Camera 8 MP (back), no flash; 2 MP (front)  5 MP, LED flash (back), 1.3 MP (front)
Battery 3,050 mAh 4,600 mAh
Dimensions 179 x 92 x 6.5 mm 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm
Weight 212 g 338 g
Price $649 US (link to Google Play Store) $349 US (link to Google Play Store)

News of these two devices arriving outside of the USA has not been confirmed as of yet, but we will keep an eye out to see if they do. The Google Play Editions of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 were never released to many countries, aside from the US, so it looks like there’s a chance that these two new arrivals will not travel far abroad.


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  • I see no reason not to offer all devices to everyone either, with explicit warnings if LTE bands or whatever won't be usable in a given country. As long as a buyer is willing to pay import duty or whatever, I think everyone should be able to get any phone or tablet they want from the manufacturer, without having to go through the usual hoops and loopholes to get imports.

  • look Google their is life outside the USA!

    • Loie Favre
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      Dec 12, 2013 Link to comment

      It really is a shame that these Google Play Editions are only made available in the US! I live in Berlin, so I won't be able to get my hands on either phone just like you :-(

    • So true, so true.And strangely enough, US is i-land and Europe is Android-land. (more or less the feeling i get from Youtube and tech sites)

      • Loie Favre
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        Dec 13, 2013 Link to comment

        I'm heading to the CES in Las Vegas next month, maybe I can convince LG and Sony to expand their Google Play Edition distribution abroad ;-) Here's to wishful thinking!

  • And New Zealand...

  • Brazil is in the same situation.

  • its not just Denmark the UK gets forgotten too.

  • Same as with the s4 and one. We in denmark can not buy them. Even not the moto x. I don't want custom rom, i want a respectable company to offer good hardware with stock android. We are out of luck in denmark. Sad.

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