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New render of Sony i1 Honami gives us a clear look at Sony's cameraphone

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New render of Sony i1 Honami gives us a clear look at Sony's cameraphone
One of the most eagerly awaited Android phones on the horizon is the Sony i1 Honami. This is Sony's answer to other camera-centric phones that have sprung up like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and the rumored Nokia EOS which is supposed to be introduced next month. With a 5 inch 1080 x 1920 resolution screen, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 under the hood, it all sounds like your every day mid-2013 top-shelf model. That is, until you get to the camera on back. The rear-facing camera on the Sony i1 is a 20/13MP camera with an Exmor RS sensor, G Lens, Cybershot, dual LED and Xenon flash, Mobile BIONZ Image processing and interchangeable lens.

We've previously seen a blurry picture of the phone that was so out of focus that it would even make Mr. Blurrycam cringe. On Monday, a fairly clear render of the phone appeared showing off the G Lens and the dual LED flash. Note the transparent notification bar and action bar. While we could play it conservatively and tell you to expect this in the fourth quarter of the year, cameras have been the top battleground for smartphones lately which could spur the Japanese OEM to rush out a Q3 launch.

Render of the Sony i1 Honami cameraphone

Render of the Sony i1 Honami cameraphone


Thanks Anonymous Tipster!

source: WebTrek (translated)

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posted on 24 Jun 2013, 14:46 30

1. Atlas (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


That is a pretty phone!

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 16:25 9

43. MCrapp (Posts: 318; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Yes! And that small bezels! Maybe my first Sony Smartphone!

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 17:52 2

53. Polrt3 (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


Your first Sony Smartphone will be render phone?

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 00:48

65. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Camera S4 Zoom NX whatever. This is a real camera phone that fits your pocket. Literally speaking.. :)

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 14:47 16

2. papss (unregistered)


Oh wow.. This excites me immensely

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 18:15

54. gust3r3u (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


i agree

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 14:51

3. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Yes, very pretty. Now will any carriers pick the phone up? Do they have enough incentive to upset the Apple-Samsung-HTC-Nokia system they've set up?

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 14:52 5

4. skymitch89 (Posts: 1346; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I'd like to see how having interchangeable lenses works on a phone.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 14:55 4

5. mss1988 (Posts: 36; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


No Xenon? I am disappointed.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 16:00 3

36. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Ok Mr. Teen Photographer

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 16:32 7

45. dorianb (Posts: 612; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Ummmm. I though I read "Dual LED & Xenon."

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 14:55 3

6. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Looks elegant like most sony designs... Hope the camera sensor is on PAR or better than Nokia EOS... IF YES I BUY...

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 14:55

7. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Very pretty and looks like an excellent implementation of the camera tech. However even though this article says there is a xenon flash, I do not see one.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 14:58 1

8. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


it can't be Honami
Sony said they put their most beautiful design on this phone but this is not the most beautiful Sony.
and where is the Xenon flash??

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 15:00 1

10. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I want.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 15:03

11. amats69 (Posts: 1488; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


so Interesting! im excited for this one!

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 15:04 1

12. rav405 (unregistered)


its a good camphone but why a led flash and not a xenon flash...

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 15:09

14. surethom (Posts: 844; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


All of the renders are so so wrong because Non of then have a xenon flash on them.

I so with it was 4.7" screen phone but if we have to have a 5" screen phone lets have more rounded corners & THIN bezel so the phone feels & looks smaller.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 16:15 2

40. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Don't base size on the screen size. The Xperia ZL is smaller than most 4.7 inch phones and it has a 5 inch screen. The GS4 is smaller than most phones as well and it has a 5 inch screen.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 15:14

16. newuser1 (Posts: 275; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


looks good.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 15:15 1

17. Paradox (Posts: 124; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


This phone appears to be quite good, but if it is released before key lime pie, I am worried that it will take around 7 months for it to be updated.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 15:21

19. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Only 7? My HTC took 9 to be updated to ICS.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 15:30 1

24. Paradox (Posts: 124; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


What HTC is this exactly?

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 15:36

28. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Oh, this is my beef against HTC. HTC Rezound, which was a Verizon exclusive. It's essentially a Sensation XE with a 720 screen. It was introduced in November 2011 as "ICS-ready", but the official update didn't come until August 2012. Don't even get me started on a JB update...

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 15:39

29. Paradox (Posts: 124; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Verizon is not in the UK, but from what I understand, they slow down a lot of updates. Even the galaxy nexus on verizon was slow to be updated. This is not the fault of HTC, I am sure. The sensation xe got its ICS update a few months before the xperia s, and the xperia s was released after ICS was released. The xperia s got its update when jelly bean arrived, so that pretty much sums up sony.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 15:44

30. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


True about the Verizon GNex, yes. They were some 2 months behind the "true" Nexuses with 4.1 and 4.2.

It still seemed excessive to me though. Other Verizon exclusives like the Razr were updated much earlier, and that phone was just as old as the Rezound. So I think it was a combination of HTC not being able to port ICS bug-free to a phone designed for 2.3, and Verizon kicking it back for more bug fixes.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 15:48

31. Paradox (Posts: 124; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


If you don't like waiting for updates get a nexus, not a sony.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 15:54 2

34. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


right now Sony is good enough with the update, they have updated XP Z/ZL to 4.2.2 under 7 months

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 16:07

37. Paradox (Posts: 124; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


That is a joke, right?

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 16:16

41. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Verizon is a CDMA carrier. Nexus/Google Experience is out of the question, or I would definitely get one. But at this point I'm off-topic... unless Verizon decides to carry the Honami.

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