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Is this the Sony i1 Honami?

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Is this the Sony i1 Honami?
The other day, we showed you a rendering of a Sony handset that allegedly was the eagerly awaited Sony i1 Honami cameraphone. At this point, we're not exactly sure what model that it was because newly leaked pictures claim once again to be that of the high-end Android model. And there are some good reasons to believe that the previous picture did not show the Honami at all.

The phone we showed you the other day had a very thin bezel for that edge-to-edge display that is capturing the public's fancy at the moment. There was a cool transparent notifications bar on top and action bar on bottom, and the large sized lens in the middle of the back noted that it was a "G" lens. But the Xperia branding on that phone didn't make sense considering that so far there has been talk that the Sony i1 Honami will be the first phone in a new line of One Sony models for the Japanese manufacturer. In addition, the Xenon flash, an important part of the device, was missing from the render.

Today's Honami leak shows a thin bezel with a 3.5mm earphone jack (or jacque, if you're in France) on top and a microSD slot on the side with a cover and a dedicated camera button. There is the dual LED flash and also one of the Xenon variety. The latest leak seems to show a phone with design cues from the Sony Xperia Z, except with an aluminum body instead of glass fibre. 

The Sony i1 Honami is expected to have a rear-facing 20/13MP camera with an Exmor RS sensor, G Lens, Cybershot, dual LED and Xenon flash, Mobile BIONZ Image processing and interchangeable lens. The unit will be going up against competition from the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and the Nokia EOS.


Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: JustAnotherMobilePhoneBlog via  XperiaBlog

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posted on 27 Jun 2013, 19:09 13

1. papss (Posts: 3425; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Love Sony's styling of phones having sharp edges, back is pretty plain looking though, I'm sure that will change a bit. Seems to have a huge speaker at the bottom but was hoping for front speakers since it was going to be so big...of course that's IF this is the real phone

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 21:01

13. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


this is fake.the metallic button(lock key) found here is on opposite side

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 22:03

19. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


http://www.gsmarena.com/first_alleged_image_of_the_sony_xperia_honami_leaks-news-6288.php
this pic wont matcheith this articles pic

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 22:44 5

20. james004 (Posts: 440; Member since: 15 May 2013)


This looks more like refreshed version of xperia Z with new processor and other advance specs.
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sony-to-shoehorn-Qualcomm-Snapdragon-800-inside-Sony-Xperia-Z-refresh_id44404

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 21:02 8

14. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


The rear camera seems to be too small to be a Honami.
Probably another midrange device.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 23:05

21. Dastrix (Posts: 518; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


The design reminds me of the Xperia Z. Sony's bringing Sexy Back!!!!

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 02:30 2

26. TheLoyalist (Posts: 18; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


Can't you see that there is a case on it? Seems to be leather. Just to not show the back of the phone.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 13:34

31. smallworld (Posts: 371; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


That's not the actual back, it's a case to hide the true design.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 14:53 1

32. akki20892 (Posts: 2662; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


sony bring it in at&t........!!!

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 19:10

2. a_merryman (Posts: 546; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


That is basically entirely bezel-less! Wow, not sure How I feel about that sideband of metal though....

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 19:42

6. kozza3 (Posts: 573; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


. dido

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 19:28 2

3. oister85 (Posts: 385; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Hopefully comes with flash. FLASH SONY FLASH

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 19:36 4

4. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 723; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


it sure has a xenon flash bottom/side of the lens, very thin bezel. this might be the real thing ill just keep my fingers cross till final..

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 19:40

5. Tsoliades (Posts: 185; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


Wow, that's gorgeous. I hope they don't put any logos on it like a Nexus and keep it looking that pretty...

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 19:49 4

7. pwnarena (Posts: 716; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


if that is indeed honami, say goodbye to the fancy and powerful camera. that camera lens shouts "same old xperia z story" -- a bump in the pixel count does not mean anything good. no more EOS and galaxy s4 zoom competitor.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 19:55 1

8. Genersis (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Doesn't look like a Sony phone, but I could be wrong.
A bit too much on the ugly side in my opinion.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 20:14 2

9. Avenger337 (Posts: 59; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)


Sony is launching next generation devices Honami very powerful and this is proof of that.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 20:15 1

10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Need a better picture.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 20:24

11. DerryAhmad (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 May 2012)


The phone follows the Xperia Z design except Picture no.4.
I think no.4 uses back case since the metal skeleton frame cannot be seen (covered).

It seems it will have Xenon Flash alongside the LED flash. And that speaker is huuge!

This leak could be legit.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 20:53

12. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Seems legit. Could be a Chinese knock off of a Sony product though. Hard to say without branding. Leaks are fun

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 21:19

15. hkxm8 (Posts: 40; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


Xperia Honami will also have the ZU screen tech(pencil, pen,...), walkman chip inside and stereo speaker. Interchangeable lens is just rumor 50/50. Nah, insufficient money.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 21:30

16. shikroi (Posts: 182; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


I don't think this is the Honami. No way a 2/3" sensor is fitting in that.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 21:33

17. jb4674 (Posts: 117; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I saw a different picture at a Brazilian site called techtudo dot com (sorry guys, I can't post url's bc phone arena has a retarded policy that you have to have 30+ posts before you can do that).

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 22:01

18. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


http://www.gsmarena.com/first_alleged_image_of_the_sony_xperia_honami_leaks-news-6288.php
is this the picture u talking abt?

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 11:12

29. jb4674 (Posts: 117; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


That's the one, thanks abc :-)

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 01:35

33. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1001; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


the xenon flash sure is tiny...

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 00:14

22. Aizazpahat (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)


Please Phonearena Provide Us A review of Xperia ZR and Xperia M,
I am Waiting for these reviews for A Long Time.
B'coz I want know More About these Phones.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 00:37

23. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Looks kinda like a square Lumia 925. Nice.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 01:47

24. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


the front button? what's that??

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 02:08

25. emadshiny (Posts: 1085; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


it seems to be the ear piece as it is at the top of the phone
but why so big??!

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 01:36

34. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1001; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


additional loudspeaker? (for treble) the bottom would be for bass booster

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 03:11

27. Phaze0085 (Posts: 97; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Whatever it is, it looks interesting.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 05:20

28. cyborg009 (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


I want to see how they are going to make interchangeable lens work!

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 12:03

30. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 788; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


If this is really what they're pitching as "the camera phone", then there really is no hope for Sony. This is just pitiful... Oh, and that amazing camera... Yeah, that's not fitting in there at all.

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