Google Play Edition Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 quietly went official in the United States – the duo of Android 4.4 KitKat devices is currently available to order in the US Google Play Store. The Xperia Z Ultra is priced at $649, while the G Pad 8.3 costs $349.99.
Save for the stock Android 4.4 KitKat, there is no difference between the Google Play Edition Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the version we have reviewed. Google purists will be treated to a Snapdragon 800 SoC and a 6.4” 1080p Triluminos display, wrapped in a 6.5mm thick IP58 certified body.
The same goes for the GPE LG G Pad 8.3. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, 8.3” IPS display with 1920 x 1200 pixels, expandable memory, and metal-clad body, the Korean slate appears to be well worth its price premium over the Nexus 7.
Speaking of Nexus 7, Google today released a white version of the popular tablet. Like its Nexus 5 relative, the white color is applied only to the back of the slate – its front is still black.
The newly released stock Android devices are all listed in stock, and available to ship in one to two business days in the United States.