Over at the Esato forum threads dedicated to upcoming Sony phones that have been a source for many correct predictions in the past, the One Sony rumor we got fleshed out by a tipster last week
is getting some even more heated speculation.
Our source indicated that the new line under the One Sony strategy
will be different from the Xperia brand, and titled a different way, too, indicating that this will be the best Sony can offer in a mobile device, in collaboration with other departments outside of Sony Mobile.
Sony has a lot to offer in the camera department with the Cyber-shot brand, and in the audio realm with all the tech surrounding the Walkman moniker, but the saying now is that there will only be one flagship phone under the new umbrella, not separate devices for camera aficionados with Cyber-shot module, and with Walkman branding for music fans.
This One Sony flagship is codenamed Honami
, the poster hints, and is not fully decided on yet, though design might be finalized as soon as this month. Specs are reiterated again to be a Snapdragon 800 chipset at 2.3
GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 5" Full HD screen, and a 2700-3000 mAh battery. The display panel is said to gravitate around two choices - JDI panel with WhiteMagic tech, or a Sharp IGZO screen.
The most interesting part, however, is the alleged Cyber-shot camera module, which might be around 20 MP with the fashionable pixel
-binning tech that got pioneered in a phone by the 808 PureView
, accompanied by an eventual Xenon flash for the still shots. If this is not enough to make you drool about Sony's new flagship strategy, the Honami phone is also claimed to be water and dust resistant
, so it sounds like the dream Android device, depending on how compact Sony managed to make it with all that camera jazz inside.
Last but not least, Sony is apparently still mulling whether to announce it in the summer or a bit later to take on the holiday shopping craze directly. It is also indicated that Sony might not be giving this camera tech to Apple or Samsung to put in their phones, like it's been doing so far with its mobile camera sensors. Well, if Sony pulls this off, this year will certainly mark the most stunning competition amongst flagship phones we've seen in a while, and will leave consumers bewildered by choices, which is a good thing.