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September 4th confirmed as introduction date for the Sony i1 Honami

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September 4th confirmed as introduction date for the Sony i1 Honami
One of the most eagerly anticipated smartphones for the last three months of the year is the Sony i1 Honami. Less than two weeks ago, a teaser was discovered on an online forum that seemed to indicate a September 4th introduction for the phone. That now has been confirmed by a published report that states that Sony's new flagship Android handset will see the light of day on September 4th in Berlin. That is two days before the start of IFA 2013, also to be held in Berlin.

The Sony i1 Honami is a camera-centric model with a rear snapper offering a 20.7MP sensor, Sony G lens and an aperture of f/2.0 which should allow for clear pictures in low-light settings. Despite launching the popular Sony Xperia Z earlier this year, Sony has only a 3.8% global marketshare in the smartphone industry and hopes to raise that with the release of the Honami. The Japanese based manufacturer expects to sell 42 million smartphones in 2013.

In addition to the handset, Sony is expected to introduce on the same day, the interchangeable camera lens that it will be offering for the Apple iPhone and Android models. The lens attach to a phone through the use of a magnet. Both models, the DSC-QX10 and the DSC-QX100, include a microSD slot and a display panel.

September 4th is going to be a busy day. Besides the expected introduction of the Sony i1 Honami and the two interchangeable lens, Samsung is expected to unveil the Samsung Galaxy Note III and its new Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch on the very same day. 

source: Bloomberg via SlashGear

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posted on 18 Aug 2013, 19:25 9

1. mottykels (Posts: 385; Member since: 15 May 2013)


4th of September will be an exciting day, honami and note 3 ;)

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 21:02 8

16. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Bad date Sony.

Honami will be blown away by the beast on the same day. Sorry but that's the reality.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 22:39

24. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The problem for Sony is their limited distribution model in the U.S. Working on only AT&T (and limited T-Mo) cuts out a significant part of the U.S. market. Sammy hasn't made that mistake.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 23:21 8

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


On September 4th, you will wake up from the dream and realize that your beloved Note 3 is not good enough to beat Honami.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 23:34

34. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Thats the sad part as much as I want N3 to be the beast that it should it will disappoint us because we expect more oh well Sony advance your u s market to vzw n sprint

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 23:33 9

33. GTR722 (Posts: 261; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


You mean the plastic - fake benchsmarks - beast ??

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 00:16 3

38. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


You know exactly what I mean.

Fake benchmarks - beast?

Go and ask millions of them who have bought this beast. And also when you will wake on September 5th you'd realize that this was the stupidest comment you had ever made.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 03:28

48. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


there're people who've already bought it? i thought it's not released yet.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 05:33 2

51. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Note 2 mate.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 05:35

52. ashdch99 (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


said by a sh*ttysung fan.....

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 08:47

55. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2147; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


"Honami will be blown away by the beast on the same day."

Honami IS the beast.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 08:51

56. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2147; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


It's silly to compare a phone with a phablet, two completely different devices. That's like saying, the Note 2 will be blown away by a Nexus 10.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 15:32

58. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


hahaha are you telling me that?

Go and check Xperia Ultra which doesn't even come in phone, phablet or tablet categories lolzz

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 19:32

2. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)


I am more interested in honami mini, and gnote3.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 19:44 3

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


The honami mini is the phone I would gladly pay $600 for!

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 20:02 4

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


$600 for that phone? Sorry but it should be priced at $550 max.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 20:21 1

10. aditya.k (Posts: 495; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


LOL what?

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 21:00 3

15. cdgm2509 (Posts: 30; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


aditya.k don't even try to start a discussion with this troll.. on every single Sony article I've read this guy says something negative against Sony.. so really just ignore him and cross our fingers and hope he shuts the f up once the phone is released.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 19:48 1

4. skuld (Posts: 44; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


Sony i1 Honami is the flagship of all flagships!

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 19:53 1

5. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Note 3 or honami i1 very confused :-o

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 20:27

11. Pancoon (Posts: 42; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


The note 3 is said to unveiled by samsung on September 4 and the sony honami on September 4 as well.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 20:03 9

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Sony is making a mistake releasing it the same day as the Note III... If they really wanted attention to the phone, they could have announced it a few days before or after the revealing of the new Note. Just saying...

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 20:20 3

8. aditya.k (Posts: 495; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


They will get all thattention they need! :)

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 20:59 3

14. pyradark (Posts: 864; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Even s4 didnt make an impact, same as note 3!!!

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 21:53 3

21. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


20 million in 2 months wasn't an impact for sure!!

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 23:22 2

31. keylimejelly (banned) (Posts: 22; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


its not about sales its about best
in review comparison honami.will surely beat note 3 and this is real success for honami

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 00:52 1

41. iushnt (Posts: 1790; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


as if s4 is loosing in review and comparisons..

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 10:14 1

57. HouTexan (Posts: 439; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


He said s4 didn't make an impact. That is a dumb comment.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 21:29

19. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Sept 4th is the press conference

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 00:10 2

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


I think Sony didn‘t make any mistake at all, because on the same day everyone in the world can realize
that the only thing that really better in Note 3 in comparison with Honami is $ 40 Wacom stylus.

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