New render of Sony i1 Honami gives us a clear look at Sony's cameraphone

New render of Sony i1 Honami gives us a clear look at Sony's cameraphone
One of the most eagerly awaited Android phones on the horizon is the Sony i1 Honami. This is Sony's answer to other camera-centric phones that have sprung up like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and the rumored Nokia EOS which is supposed to be introduced next month. With a 5 inch 1080 x 1920 resolution screen, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 under the hood, it all sounds like your every day mid-2013 top-shelf model. That is, until you get to the camera on back. The rear-facing camera on the Sony i1 is a 20/13MP camera with an Exmor RS sensor, G Lens, Cybershot, dual LED and Xenon flash, Mobile BIONZ Image processing and interchangeable lens.

We've previously seen a blurry picture of the phone that was so out of focus that it would even make Mr. Blurrycam cringe. On Monday, a fairly clear render of the phone appeared showing off the G Lens and the dual LED flash. Note the transparent notification bar and action bar. While we could play it conservatively and tell you to expect this in the fourth quarter of the year, cameras have been the top battleground for smartphones lately which could spur the Japanese OEM to rush out a Q3 launch.

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source: WebTrek (translated)



1. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

That is a pretty phone!

43. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

Yes! And that small bezels! Maybe my first Sony Smartphone!

53. Polrt3

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Your first Sony Smartphone will be render phone?

65. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Camera S4 Zoom NX whatever. This is a real camera phone that fits your pocket. Literally speaking.. :)

2. papss unregistered

Oh wow.. This excites me immensely

54. gust3r3u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

i agree

3. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Yes, very pretty. Now will any carriers pick the phone up? Do they have enough incentive to upset the Apple-Samsung-HTC-Nokia system they've set up?

4. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I'd like to see how having interchangeable lenses works on a phone.

5. mss1988

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

No Xenon? I am disappointed.

36. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Ok Mr. Teen Photographer

45. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Ummmm. I though I read "Dual LED & Xenon."

6. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Looks elegant like most sony designs... Hope the camera sensor is on PAR or better than Nokia EOS... IF YES I BUY...

7. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

Very pretty and looks like an excellent implementation of the camera tech. However even though this article says there is a xenon flash, I do not see one.

8. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

it can't be Honami Sony said they put their most beautiful design on this phone but this is not the most beautiful Sony. and where is the Xenon flash??

10. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I want.

11. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

so Interesting! im excited for this one!

12. rav405 unregistered

its a good camphone but why a led flash and not a xenon flash...

14. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

All of the renders are so so wrong because Non of then have a xenon flash on them. I so with it was 4.7" screen phone but if we have to have a 5" screen phone lets have more rounded corners & THIN bezel so the phone feels & looks smaller.

40. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Don't base size on the screen size. The Xperia ZL is smaller than most 4.7 inch phones and it has a 5 inch screen. The GS4 is smaller than most phones as well and it has a 5 inch screen.

16. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

looks good.

17. Paradox

Posts: 124; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

This phone appears to be quite good, but if it is released before key lime pie, I am worried that it will take around 7 months for it to be updated.

19. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Only 7? My HTC took 9 to be updated to ICS.

24. Paradox

Posts: 124; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

What HTC is this exactly?

28. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Oh, this is my beef against HTC. HTC Rezound, which was a Verizon exclusive. It's essentially a Sensation XE with a 720 screen. It was introduced in November 2011 as "ICS-ready", but the official update didn't come until August 2012. Don't even get me started on a JB update...

29. Paradox

Posts: 124; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Verizon is not in the UK, but from what I understand, they slow down a lot of updates. Even the galaxy nexus on verizon was slow to be updated. This is not the fault of HTC, I am sure. The sensation xe got its ICS update a few months before the xperia s, and the xperia s was released after ICS was released. The xperia s got its update when jelly bean arrived, so that pretty much sums up sony.

30. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

True about the Verizon GNex, yes. They were some 2 months behind the "true" Nexuses with 4.1 and 4.2. It still seemed excessive to me though. Other Verizon exclusives like the Razr were updated much earlier, and that phone was just as old as the Rezound. So I think it was a combination of HTC not being able to port ICS bug-free to a phone designed for 2.3, and Verizon kicking it back for more bug fixes.

31. Paradox

Posts: 124; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

If you don't like waiting for updates get a nexus, not a sony.

41. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Verizon is a CDMA carrier. Nexus/Google Experience is out of the question, or I would definitely get one. But at this point I'm off-topic... unless Verizon decides to carry the Honami.

48. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Or get any phones that's not locked to a carrier

75. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I wish it were that easy. Not in the US. If you're on Verizon or Sprint (#1 and #3 carriers), your phone must be programmed specifically for that CMDA carrier. So we've been locked out of the Nexus program for over a year, and we've never had the option of buying unlocked. That's also why we don't know much about Sony phones - if they can't be purchased cheap on contract, they generally don't get purchased here at all.

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