Is this the Sony i1 Honami?

Is this the Sony i1 Honami?
The other day, we showed you a rendering of a Sony handset that allegedly was the eagerly awaited Sony i1 Honami cameraphone. At this point, we're not exactly sure what model that it was because newly leaked pictures claim once again to be that of the high-end Android model. And there are some good reasons to believe that the previous picture did not show the Honami at all.

The phone we showed you the other day had a very thin bezel for that edge-to-edge display that is capturing the public's fancy at the moment. There was a cool transparent notifications bar on top and action bar on bottom, and the large sized lens in the middle of the back noted that it was a "G" lens. But the Xperia branding on that phone didn't make sense considering that so far there has been talk that the Sony i1 Honami will be the first phone in a new line of One Sony models for the Japanese manufacturer. In addition, the Xenon flash, an important part of the device, was missing from the render.

Today's Honami leak shows a thin bezel with a 3.5mm earphone jack (or jacque, if you're in France) on top and a microSD slot on the side with a cover and a dedicated camera button. There is the dual LED flash and also one of the Xenon variety. The latest leak seems to show a phone with design cues from the Sony Xperia Z, except with an aluminum body instead of glass fibre. 

The Sony i1 Honami is expected to have a rear-facing 20/13MP camera with an Exmor RS sensor, G Lens, Cybershot, dual LED and Xenon flash, Mobile BIONZ Image processing and interchangeable lens. The unit will be going up against competition from the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and the Nokia EOS.


Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: JustAnotherMobilePhoneBlog via  XperiaBlog

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34 Comments

1. papss unregistered

Love Sony's styling of phones having sharp edges, back is pretty plain looking though, I'm sure that will change a bit. Seems to have a huge speaker at the bottom but was hoping for front speakers since it was going to be so big...of course that's IF this is the real phone

13. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

this is fake.the metallic button(lock key) found here is on opposite side

19. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

20. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

This looks more like refreshed version of xperia Z with new processor and other advance specs. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sony-to-shoehorn-Qualcomm-Snapdragon-800-inside-Sony-Xperia-Z-refresh_id44404

14. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

The rear camera seems to be too small to be a Honami. Probably another midrange device.

21. Dastrix unregistered

The design reminds me of the Xperia Z. Sony's bringing Sexy Back!!!!

26. TheLoyalist

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Can't you see that there is a case on it? Seems to be leather. Just to not show the back of the phone.

31. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

That's not the actual back, it's a case to hide the true design.

32. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

sony bring it in at&t........!!!

2. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

That is basically entirely bezel-less! Wow, not sure How I feel about that sideband of metal though....

6. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

. dido

3. oister85

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Hopefully comes with flash. FLASH SONY FLASH

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2260; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

it sure has a xenon flash bottom/side of the lens, very thin bezel. this might be the real thing ill just keep my fingers cross till final..

5. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Wow, that's gorgeous. I hope they don't put any logos on it like a Nexus and keep it looking that pretty...

7. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

if that is indeed honami, say goodbye to the fancy and powerful camera. that camera lens shouts "same old xperia z story" -- a bump in the pixel count does not mean anything good. no more EOS and galaxy s4 zoom competitor.

8. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Doesn't look like a Sony phone, but I could be wrong. A bit too much on the ugly side in my opinion.

9. Avenger337

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

Sony is launching next generation devices Honami very powerful and this is proof of that.

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Need a better picture.

11. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

The phone follows the Xperia Z design except Picture no.4. I think no.4 uses back case since the metal skeleton frame cannot be seen (covered). It seems it will have Xenon Flash alongside the LED flash. And that speaker is huuge! This leak could be legit.

12. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Seems legit. Could be a Chinese knock off of a Sony product though. Hard to say without branding. Leaks are fun

15. hkxm8

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Xperia Honami will also have the ZU screen tech(pencil, pen,...), walkman chip inside and stereo speaker. Interchangeable lens is just rumor 50/50. Nah, insufficient money.

16. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

I don't think this is the Honami. No way a 2/3" sensor is fitting in that.

17. jb4674

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I saw a different picture at a Brazilian site called techtudo dot com (sorry guys, I can't post url's bc phone arena has a retarded policy that you have to have 30+ posts before you can do that).

18. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

29. jb4674

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

That's the one, thanks abc :-)

33. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

the xenon flash sure is tiny...

22. Aizazpahat

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 28, 2013

Please Phonearena Provide Us A review of Xperia ZR and Xperia M, I am Waiting for these reviews for A Long Time. B'coz I want know More About these Phones.

23. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Looks kinda like a square Lumia 925. Nice.

24. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

the front button? what's that??

25. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

it seems to be the ear piece as it is at the top of the phone but why so big??!

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