Did a Sony planning board member give us a hint about the Sony Honami mini?

Did a Sony planning board member give us a hint about the Sony Honami mini?
A member of Sony's board, Kurozumi Yoshiro, is involved in the planning of Xperia devices. Yoshiro told a Japanese business publication on Monday that while it is impossible to meet the demands for every device user, Sony is going to concentrate on certain screen-sizes. The Japanese OEM will release 4 and 5 inch smartphones and 10 inch tablets. The executive adds that these sizes are where the demand is.

We're not sure if this instantly makes the 6.4 inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra an only child, but Yoshiro said that the screen on that unit was too big and that some users find it too embarrassing to put up to their ear to use as a phone. The comment about a 4 inch device means that we could see that 4.3 inch Sony Honami mini that speculation has started up about. On Sunday, we passed along some rumored specs on the Honami mini that showed only two changes from the full-sized model. The only differences were in the screen size and resolution (5 inch, 1080 x 1920 to 4.3 inch, 720 x 1280) and with the battery (from 3200mAh to 2400mAh). Of course this is all very much in grain of salt territory since the Sony i1 Honami hasn't even been unveiled.

The comment about a 10 inch tablet is interesting as it could be hinting about a new model to replace the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. That slate was released earlier this year and carries a 10.1 inch screen, a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM.

Despite the comments from the Sony board member it could be some time before either device makes it way to the market.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: Nikkei (translated) via TechKiddy

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24 Comments

1. keylimejelly

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

whatever it is, mini version is a good idea and a member from ESATO has already got a confirmation from photographic artist that honami is better than lumia 1020 in imaging he is from sony mobile beijing and he has used and seen honami

12. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

i doubt that but i hope it's true. can't go for a lumia when you're a solid android user.

14. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Mini is good idea if specs is same as its bigger brother. I dont think Honami can beat Lumia 1080 since it got smaller lens and no xenon flash but im pretty sure it will bet be the best among android phones.

18. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

1020 has horrible, HORRIBLE algorithms. The 5MP images that come out of it are terrible. Very over saturated, grainy, noisy, over processed and that's in daylight! Add to that bad optics, 1020 excibits blurring on the edges. If Sony takes Honami's camera seriously and hands it over to their camera department they can pull some magic and beat 1020. I'm sure 808 PureView will stay the king of cameraphones for a little while longer, but 1020 is full of compromises, it's beatable.

2. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

Oh come on....Honami mini, really? As if the SGS4 was a Note 3 mini. Manufacturers, please stop this kind of bullsh**ing and make some real nice device.

15. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Some people need smaller smartphone with top specs. I would prefer 4.3 inch Honami mini over 5 inch ver if specs is same.

19. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree here... I had the Galaxy S3 for a while and after I was robbed, I got the Xperia Acro S (4.3") and I prefer 4.3~4.6" screen today... it allows a great form factor for the hand... and the display is still very enjoyable at 720p. My only problem with Sony designs lately is that the are placing the microUSB port in the same side as the dock connection... so that makes useless the por for MHL, USB OTG, mouse or keyboard while docked...

20. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually giving at least 2 size choice for flagship device it is a great way to cover the market. I for once like the 4.3" display, while one of my best friend like 5" or bigger... since he does not have a notebook but a desktop, and his SGS4 is his portable computer... I like my 4.3 but also have a compact notebook... and for people who already have a tablet, a 4.3" display makes more sense IMO

21. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

All of you got a point there, but if the "mini" versions were high end devics too, like their big brothers, i wouldn't say a damn thing. But they are not (except the One Mini...maybe).

22. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Exactly, thats what being roumored in this article and whats great if Sony makes it true... You sound like you did not read it We would get a high end device with 4.3" screen.. (the only trade off is a lower ppi, but does not really matter 440 vs 340)

3. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

Make it removable battery, pls!

7. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

water resistance first.

10. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Yeah i hope it will be like Xperia V, 4.3” dust and waterproof phone with beatiful design and removeable battery.

4. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

The Honami isn't camera phone like the 1020 or the s4 zoom ..it's normal phone which will compete against s4 and the one etc ... i think mini version isn't good idea coz people will compare it against s4 mini and lumia 720 !! and they will say its expensive !!!

5. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Honami mini is Iphone 5S competitor and Xperia V/T/TX/SP/ZR is already better than those overpriced mid-range phones.

6. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

4.3", 5" & 10" - Excellent portfolio!

8. YodhaMali

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

iPhone 5S is going to have some stiff competition from Xperia Honami Mini. Galaxy S IV Mini and One Mini are way out of the league of Honami Mini by the way.

16. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

S IV Mini and One Mini cannot compare to Honami Mini because unlike Samsung and HTC, Sony actually did the right thing and kept(according to rumours) the same hardware, just made the phone smaller, while Samsung and HTC Minis offer worse hardware. Mini!

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Honamini

11. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Wow that's cool i surely buy the mini version

13. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

In Japan Xperia ZR outsold Xperia Z and Galaxy S4 because tt has smaller screen but still maintain good specs. Sadly Sony didnt distribute this phone worldwide.

17. ashdch99

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

this is going to be the best mini version of a flagship phone by any company to date.... if only they release it soon....

23. stuck_788

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

finally somebody producing a High end phone with a good size screen!! many of us are tired of these huge "phones"...

24. ryq24

Posts: 874; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Honami is just an improvement version of the Z!

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