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New snaps of the white Sony Xperia Z1 (aka Honami) caught in the wild

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New snaps of the white Sony Xperia Z1 (aka Honami) caught in the wild

Sony's upcoming Xperia Z1, or the Honami, as most of you have probably come to recognize it as, has been making rounds around the web for a while now, and nobody would complain if we had a little quiet before the storm. That, of course, isn't going to happen, for any measures Sony may have had in place to counter information leaks like the one below appear to have been completely and utterly overpowered.

True Sony fans among you will already know that we're expecting the Honami to come in at least three colors: black, white and purple. And while the purple unit remains elusive, we've seen plenty of the black one, but not so much of the white, which is arguably more chic than the rest. Not to worry, though, for more images of the snow-white device have appeared from within the depths of China.

Said new snaps aren't breaking new ground, but they do provide a more exhaustive peek at the upcoming Honami, along with reaffirmation of a few key points of the device. Namely, the speaker on the Z1 will be significantly bigger than the one found on its predecessor, the Xperia Z, which should hopefully mean that blocking out the speaker will be a much tougher job. Moreover, the highly-anticipated camera unit on the device is, once again, confirmed to come with Sony's G lens, and a single LED flash (sorry folks, seems like a Xenon flash is out of the question). Another thing worth dotting down on your pad as you await the official unveiling is that the Honami will be coming with a magnetic charging dock, much alike the one found with the Xperia Z Ultra.

So, has the Honami pickled your fancy? If yes, then you should probably make sure you check the rest of our related coverage here.

source: Digi-wo via XPERIA Blog

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posted on 27 Aug 2013, 04:57 1

1. mottykels (Posts: 387; Member since: 15 May 2013)

What is the meaning of Letter G on camera ;)

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 05:08 6

5. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1526; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

G Lens

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 05:10 6

7. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


posted on 27 Aug 2013, 05:12 2

8. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

They are advertising their G lens and nothing else.
G stands for Grace, Gather and Gratify. :)


posted on 27 Aug 2013, 08:03 1

31. Kurai (unregistered)

It means galaxy zoom sucks

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 08:26 7

33. buccob (Posts: 2733; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

phone's G spot

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 08:37

35. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

All BEZEL WHINERS.. These phone is very powerful, and "MIGHT" destroy the N3, and any other flagship to date. The BEZEL is all they can whine..

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 10:09 5

39. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Is it me or is this phone dripping of FULL sex appeal? This is one damn sexy piece of art. The Sony Xperia Z1 is looking like a REAL winner for Sony.

Damn how things have changed. This time last year I WOULD have never said what I am saying now. Sony definitely deserves some RESPECT. They are now a true & real player in the mobile/Android world along with Samsung & HTC.

The new Android "BIG" 3: Samsung, HTC, & Sony. It's official!!!

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 15:50 1

46. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

Really??? It looks exactly the same as Xperia Z lolzzzz hahahaha

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 16:06 1

47. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

Are you saying the Xperia Z didn't look good. I rank it up there with the iPhone 5, HTC One, and the Lumia 925 in terms of looks.

And he might be including the rumored specs as part of its sex appeal and his designation as a "sexy piece of art".

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 04:57 2

2. Satnamreg (Posts: 29; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)

White color makes the bezel look even bigger. I'll buy the black one for sure. Hoping they will announce the mini version next week as well.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 09:14 1

38. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Am I the only one who isn't complaining about bezels

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 04:57 1

3. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Such a beautiful device. I keep repeating, but PLEASE come to the states and to all the major US carriers.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 05:04 5

4. epicandroid (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)

Wow. Looks even uglier up close. Those thick bezels and side profile along with same boring design~~ sigh...

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 05:17 7

10. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1526; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

It actually kinda sexy. Bezel are kinda big but not as ugly as you mentioned.HTC One has big bezel but still it look damn sexy.
and about the design, Samsung has same design quite some time eg: s3,s4 and their design is kinda sucks compared to Sony's. apple keeps their design minimum 2 years and change it here and there, and Sony introduced this design just with Xperia z and it is one of the best designed smartphone to date and it look premium & not bored in many peoples eyes.
Sony ,htc ,nokia is one of the best when it comes to designing phone no matter what you say.
Just wait for official pictures of the device buddy...

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 05:23 7

12. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1310; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

HTC ONE has big bezels for obvious reasons (speakers), but this honami has thick bezels which would turn off some people like me, im not saying its ugly but i would prefer bezels like the ZR.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 05:33 1

13. kobainez (Posts: 442; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Idiot. Xperia Z1 has two stereo speakers at the bottom that's why it has big bezel and its waterproof unlike other phones

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 11:02 1

42. buccob (Posts: 2733; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Dont call him an Idiot... you lost the point you might have had... specially by saying "stereo speakers"...

Stereophonic sound i created for the illusion of perspective... and having a single large speaker at the bottom, OR 2 speakers at the bottom (very close to each other) will not be enough to create said illusion...

You need a wider distance to make your ears differ sounds left from right... and if you are watching a movie, this is specially useful... I would have love a speaker design in the Z1 like the HTC One... but sadly I see its not...

I am still going to get this or a smaller version of the Z1... but Jason is definitely not an idiot... (though he might be referencing to the ZL instead of ZR)

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 06:10 3

19. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

1. Dust and waterproof even some people say it will be shockproof.
2. 3000 mAh battery.
3. Bigger and more powerful speaker than Xperia Z.

With all the things that I have mentioned I think it's very reasonable if this
phone has a big bezels.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 06:53

27. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

I think you mean ZL, I agree as well

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 07:27

30. sid07desai (Posts: 290; Member since: 03 May 2012)

ya damn. it is thick. like lumia thick.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 05:08 3

6. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

I like the design. And the bezels are not too big, not too thin. Just right to hold it securely.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 05:14 1

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

The design is almost same as Z, but the specs that it has stands out.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 05:18 4

11. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

3 out of the 4 most recent stories are about the z1!!! haha maybe PA are starting to like sony!

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 05:49 2

15. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

We like great technology irrespective of who created it, actually ;). Sony's latest devices fall in that category, regardless of whether one is a Sony fan per se, or not.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 08:36 2

34. buccob (Posts: 2733; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

You are correct... but only in terms of popularity and mass awareness...

Older Sony devices were great in technology as well... they implemented many features before other manufacturers.. but some of the specs were a bit underwhelming and that was a harsh critic point from PA...

See how older Sony devices with HDMI have CEC compatibility... while no other phone did...

Sola had floating touch (but no software innovation like SGS4)

Their waterproof phones sport Wet Finger Tracking tech allowing to be used when no other waterproof capacitive screen could... (all the way back to the Xperia Active)

I really am not a blind fan, but I also appreciate great tech when I see/read it... But PA has been missing out on many of Sony's part...

You will know you are doing an good objective smartphone review when the User Rating is similar to PA's Critic Rating... (when the number of user rating is high)... And that is where you guys have been failing... (Xperia Acro S, SL, ZR, ZL, T... compare ratings between critic and users)

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 05:38 3

14. supa_dupa (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

I can't see myself with such an ugly device...

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 06:51 2

26. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

I think it looks better than the Xperia Z (already a very sexy phone), I just hate the huge bezels (especially the top and bottom bezel)

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 05:50 3

16. jaisix (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

The speakers will be a magnetic fluid type
Trust me

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 06:06 2

17. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

I hope that the new speaker position won't be biased when reviewed saying that the speaker might be blocked while holding it in landscape because the iPhone always put the speakers below and still no comments about it. :)

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