Sony Xperia i1 Honami smiles for the camera ahead of possible July 4 unveiling
Remember the Sony Honami? The upcoming flagship Android smartphone that could end up being called Xperia i1? It’s been rumored for many weeks now, and it will supposedly be a true imaging flagship for the Android world as well as being the successor to the Xperia Z that Sony launched earlier this year. Oh, and it’s also bound to be the first Sony flagship to actually feature the newest mobile chipset available, and not last year’s tech. Intrigued?
Good. Because we have some pictures to show you. These allegedly depict the Sony i1, codenamed Honami, in all its glory. Obviously it looks like any other Sony smartphone launched in the past few months, the same design cues are there.
But wait, there’s more! It turns out that the Honami could be the device getting announced on July 4 in France. A couple of weeks ago an invite for French media went out from Sony to an event on that day. In the invite we see the right side of a smartphone, and at the time we all assumed that was the Xperia Z Ultra, which has since become official. But it isn’t. The Z Ultra doesn’t have a dedicated camera button, whereas the handset in that render does.
So what could it be that Sony will showcase on July 4? Well, in terms of high-end smartphones, the only possibility remaining is the Xperia i1, or Honami. No other similarly specced devices have been rumored to come out of the Japanese company in the near future. And a dedicated camera button on an Android device is a very rare occurrence, which lends credence to the Honami’s rumored status as ‘imaging flagship’ as well.
Let’s recap what previous leaks have said about its specs. It should sport a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen (which will hopefully be a lot better quality than the one in the Xperia Z), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (like the one in the Xperia Z Ultra), a 20 MP rear camera with Xenon flash (or both Xenon and a LED light for videos), 2 GB of RAM, water and dust resistance, and a battery of around 2,700-3,000 mAh. It should run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean from day one, and will probably be in stores before the end of September.