First sample picture taken with Sony Honami leaks out, confirms 20MP shooter

First sample picture taken with Sony Honami leaks out, confirms 20MP shooter
One of the most eagerly awaited handsets of the year is the Sony i1 Honami. This model is supposed to inaugurate a new line of camera-centric phones from the Japanese OEM that will allow Sony to compete with models like the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. Meanwhile, a photo that was published in the Google+ account of one Taylor Li is alleged to be the first published photo from the Honami.

While EXIF data can be fooled with, the information derived from the picture shows that it was apparently snapped using the C6902 which is the non-LTE version of the phone, expected to be heading to India. The camera used was made by Sony and contained a 20.65MP sensor with a f/2.0 aperture.

The specs of Sony's new flagship Android model are rumored to include a 5 inch screen featuring a triluminuous display with X-reality engine and a resolution of 1080 x 1920 (FHD). A quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor is under the hood with 2GB of RAM on board. 16GB of native storage can be added to thanks to the microSD slot on the phone, and the 3000mAh battery offers stamina mode to help increase battery life. The 20.7MP shooter on back includes a Sony G lens and Android 4.2.2 is pre-installed.

We are expecting to see Sony introduce this model on September 4th in Berlin, the same date that Samsung is expected to unveil the Samsung Galaxy Note III and its new smartwatch.

source: TaylorLi (Google+) via TechKiddy

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  • Battery 3000 mAh(15h 3G talk time)



1. mariosuneo4

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

still waiting for official camera samples sony make it slimmer.....

18. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Can't wait to get this phone and of course can't wait to use it.

30. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

downloaded this picture and compared to some pictures i took from my canon t3i. after properly zooming equally on both, the picture from honami was pretty impressive, not as much noise, specially comparing to other phone cameras. and the picture has smaller pixels than canon so i suppose picture was taken at 20mp for sure. plus its 5mb! all in all, this camera is great.

2. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

F2,0 nice, hopefully it will produce images as they will promote. In real life, sony never had output like they put in advertisement. Shooting a pic of GARMIN??? Shame they dropped ANT+ support, if they had just a 1 "rough" sporty device i might consider to buy. 2011 line of SE might be perfect if it had a better camera and a bit more RAM. Other way, all my friends that had ARCs sold them because of rubbish update of ICS - a lot of things did not worked like wifi, wifi tether is my last and final experience with SE NEO as well. Luckily, for my needs of ANT+ - SUUNTO USB ministick, works out of the box on every SAMM device via OTG - a bit of uncomfortable via OTG cable but works fine - stock, unrroted. Good luck SONY, i wont be yours again as a lot of my friends live the same story, complain about heating, crappy cam on Z, T etc...your buggy JB on S - your 2012 flagship, brought my friend to throw it on the wall. SONY is happy to work with XDA/AOSP cause there you can find ROM that solve official bugs offcial firmwares.

3. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

It looks crisp and better than the other Xperias.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

On its own, yes the pic looks crisp and better than other Xperias have taken. But nothing helps to separate the wheat from the chaff like a comparison. Then there is an apples-to-apples check of the Sony camera vs cameras from Tom, Dick and Harry.

22. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Not only xperia. It's better than any android smartphone on the market

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

5 inch Triluminous HD, Snapdragon 800 @ 2.2 ghz... I'm not sure why this is billed as a "camera-centric phone" made to compete with the Zoom and 1020. It looks more like a phone made to compete with every single flagship on the market.

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree. +1

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Hoping this wouldn't have on screen keys

32. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

-_- go use blackberry.

43. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I was talking about the main keys not the keyboard. Like, the GS4 and the One has it, too.

8. papss unregistered

We will see if they can pull off a gem of a screen and support after its out

9. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Sonny and support dont go together, 4.3 is out, samsung is rolling it out on their flagships and note 3 is expected to come ALSO in september with 4.3, and sony brings a phone in september with 4.2.2.? That just shows the bad future of support that sony's flagships get.

16. TMach unregistered

Delusional much? Google Play Editions are just getting 4.3 which by the way is hardly differentiable from 4.2.2. Sony has already announced its list of phones getting 4.3 and is determined to do better. I have not read any reports of Samsung or any other OEM rolling out 4.3 to any of their phones. Oh and by the way, there have already been reports of 4.3 being buggy. Don't like don't buy but don't push out unwarranted criticism of Sony. By the way, I am using a HTC One and waiting for a GPE S4, can't stand TouchWiz which is unnecessary bloatware with a lot of unnecessary features!

44. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Well, keeping the software updated is a challenge for them. You always seem to look at the bad side of Sony. Look on the bright side. You have your preferences when it comes to Android.

10. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Triluminos display is the best thing Sony could bring look at this: see how ZU crushes One's display. i thought PA will show this one but as always they have no interest in Sony and they never talk about its perfect aspects...

11. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Don't mind PA my brother. Sony has actually improved the ZU screen and the camera, but PA will not want to bring in such Article here. Haters gonna hate

12. papss unregistered

Lets hope they don't drop the ball again. It's been done many times so I hope they make a flagship that is equal or better this time. I'm pretty excited to see it in the flesh though. Love Sony's design language With the sharp corners.

15. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Yup Sony hyped the xperia Zs camera and it ended up being one of the worst 13MP cameras in smartphones because their poor software.

19. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Lets hope that Sony will bring some of Honami's camera software to XZ

23. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Agreed about the camera on the Z. However, honami might have a better camera due to new software algorithms.

31. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Their recent updates did improve the camera quality which is a lot better than the first firmware.

17. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Im 100% agree with u dude.

13. papss unregistered

Without a proper review I'm not sure i would use "crush". From the pics it does look more vibrant but again it's not a real comparison.

33. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

i wouldnt say sony crushes HTC One but it does do little better job with contrast.

36. yudi.nemesis unregistered

The best thing about Triluminos display is colour gamut and according to MIT Technology Review, a Triluminos display boasts a color gamut that is 50 percent larger than that of a conventional LCD panel, in other word Triluminos display will give you much more better viewing experience.

34. yudi.nemesis unregistered

In that comparison maybe what Sony claims that Triluminos display have wider colour gamut is true. i also hope that Sony will use WhiteMagic display + floating touch for mid-range phone and Triluminos display + floating touch/Z ultra screen tech for flagship. Or maybe Sony will start to use JDI OLED wich also use Sony WhiteMagic screen tech.

20. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

go sony..

21. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

At 4.8 MB, that picture is huge. This means less compression.

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