It was all the way back in March when we heard the first murmurs of a possible successor to the Xperia Z. The device was said to be a 5-incher, just like the Z, but with a quality 20MP shooter on the back. We have gone a long way since, no doubt – the number of Honami rumors has gone through the roof, along with the amount of publicity surrounding the device, which should appease the PR folks at Sony Mobile. Obviously, however, this is a particularly sharp double-edged sword, since it is often very hard (or downright impossible) for manufacturers to live up to the hype that has been created during the production cycle.
Reminiscing aside, we've finally got our first semi-official confirmation of what the Sony Xperia Z1, the device we've grown to know as the Honami, will really look like. This is thanks to the round the Z1 has made through the Chinese FCC-equivalent, Tenaa. Needless to say, the new images are not about to shock anybody out of their socks – the leaks appear to have been 100% correct all along.
The Sony Xperia Z1 is expected to be announced during IFA 2013 in Berlin, which will take place on September 4. This means that it's as good a time as any to do your research by browsing our previous coverage on the Z1.