New render of Sony i1 Honami gives us a clear look at Sony's cameraphone
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.
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43. MCrapp (Posts: 313; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)
Yes! And that small bezels! Maybe my first Sony Smartphone!
53. Polrt3 (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)
Your first Sony Smartphone will be render phone?
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.. :)
2. papss (unregistered)
Oh wow.. This excites me immensely
3. roldefol (Posts: 3260; 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?
4. skymitch89 (Posts: 1185; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
I'd like to see how having interchangeable lenses works on a phone.
45. dorianb (Posts: 533; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Ummmm. I though I read "Dual LED & Xenon."
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...
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.
8. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; 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??
12. rav405 (unregistered)
its a good camphone but why a led flash and not a xenon flash...
14. surethom (Posts: 392; 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.
40. Taters (Posts: 4305; 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.
17. Paradox (Posts: 123; 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.
19. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Only 7? My HTC took 9 to be updated to ICS.
28. roldefol (Posts: 3260; 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...
29. Paradox (Posts: 123; 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.
30. roldefol (Posts: 3260; 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.
31. Paradox (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
If you don't like waiting for updates get a nexus, not a sony.
41. roldefol (Posts: 3260; 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.
48. Jason2k13 (Posts: 773; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
Or get any phones that's not locked to a carrier
75. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I wish it were that easy. Not in the US. If you're on Verizon or Sprint (#1 and #3 carriers), your phone must be programmed specifically for that CMDA carrier. So we've been locked out of the Nexus program for over a year, and we've never had the option of buying unlocked. That's also why we don't know much about Sony phones - if they can't be purchased cheap on contract, they generally don't get purchased here at all.
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
42. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
46. Paradox (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
I am aware that the xperia z just got updated, but it was released at the time 4.2 had already been out for months, so it's no great feat. Look at the xperia t. Flagship phone that's already outdated. Released when 4.1 had already been out for months, yet it remains on 4.0.4.
49. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Xperia T/TX/V has been updated to 4.1 JB
they maybe not the fastest when it comes to update but at least Sony is getting better
51. Paradox (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Pardon me for getting it wrong, but I think it still took around 8 months to get jb to a phone that was released 2 months after jelly bean.
67. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
we can’t do anything about the past so just forget it because right now Sony getting better with the update.
32. _Bone_ (Posts: 2148; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Cool. Now let's actually pull usable shots unlike what the Xperia Z does. You know, iPhone5, Galaxy S4 level shots, both with a Sony sensor... and then I'll buy the Honami.
38. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
maybe you never read this
33. evil_slayer (Posts: 50; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
it looks just like the one in a poster/image i saw here once...it was intended as a teaser i think...maybe noticed that from the top and button little shape in the middle which is shared with the one from the poster im talking about
35. evil_slayer (Posts: 50; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
damn it im sure i saw it before but cant seem to find the image im talking about!
39. Taters (Posts: 4305; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
That looks much better than all the other camera phones. No bump at all.
60. MachidoDen (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 May 2013)
how do u know ?
show me sample images comparison between honami and eos right now
44. taikucing (unregistered)
unfortunately it's just a render
47. GrmanR (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)
Just so you know
52. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
Great phone but when are we gonna go back to smaller high end phones? I still don't see myself buying any phone bigger than 4.5 inches.......looks like when I upgrade I will be looking for the best dual core phone since no one wants to stick a quad core in a 4.3 incher :(
66. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
you can wait for Ray 3 if i’m not wrong its 4-4.3” with S800 and other great specs but the rumour said it will be released in december or january
69. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4166; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I don't think you'll see anything more powerful than a dual core S4 Pro in a phone smaller than 4.5". The reason the higher end phones have those processors is because their screen size makes the phone bigger which makes room for a larger battery to support their high end specs. Your best bet is the Moto X or HTC One Mini; go with the Moto X if you really want the extra graphics power of the Adreno 320 over the Adreno 305 in the One mini, or get the One mini if you can spare the graphics power and really want those front speakers.
Or you can just get a high end phone and learn to love the larger screens.
61. MachidoDen (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 May 2013)
ofcourse it will have xenon flash
High end cybershot branded mobile always had xenon flash
so this will be having too
62. Alex123 (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
I don't think Sony can make a better Camera Smartphone than Nokia. It would be really hard time for Nokia if Sony can do it. but I have confidence on Nokia.
63. MachidoDen (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 May 2013)
this is cybershot branded smartphone,so stop trolling
even nokia copied some features from sony cybershot mobiles and after so many years now they gave it in pureview :D
64. thunderising (Posts: 230; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
LOL that's the Xperia UL. WTF now every single render posted and passed off as Honami
71. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
fake....or sony is so stupid that they decided not to implement xenon flash....what people who laugh at camera module in eos have to say right now? sony did the same (provided it's a real deal)
72. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)
God! This is a very sexy, sleek, elegant, gorgeous phone! It crushes that ewweee plastic Galaxy S4 Zoom~!
73. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
If thats how the real deal qould look like then I'm getting one by Dec.