One Sony line to start with the 20 MP Cyber-shot quality Honami phone

One Sony line to start with the 20 MP Cyber-shot quality Honami phone
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.

source: Esato

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59 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Geez....OH MY GOD!! My heart is pumping amazingly fast! I can't stand it anymore. Super specs with amazing camera! I love you Sony!

19. No_Nonsense unregistered

Er, I call BS on this rumor because a) the camera module of the 808 is large enough for many people to call it chubby. b) Nokia has an exclusive agreement with Carl Zeiss for optics c) A high quality camera phone like 808 isn't mainstream, something like the 920 or iPhone or S3 (read: decent smartphone shooter) is. d) 20MP won't be too high to wow people, and if Sony wanted to increase quality, I'd say they'd go with a Ultrapixel like approach rather than the 808 like since they aren't too well in terms of financial results and it'll give people a reason to say sony can't make thin handsets. e) A phone with these specs is gonna cost $1000ish

23. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

1. If Sony choose Ultrapixel, I will be disappointed. Yes, the Ultrapixel produces more light but very low details. The 20MP camera is enough to wow many people including me. Don't forget, the Cyber-shot camera will have the famous Carl Zeiss optics on it too. 2. In my opinion, the 808 is chubby but I like the design of the camera, so no big deal of being chubby or not chubby. 3. I agree, the high quality camera phone 808 isn't mainstream, even the iPhone 5, S3, 920 can shoot decent photos as well. 4. I also agree that this phone with these specs will cost $1000ish. (But I didn't see any BS on this rumor.)

24. No_Nonsense unregistered

That's because you missed when I said that Nokia/Carl Zeiss have an exclusive agreement renewed just last year. Your opinion is not the same as mine. The average Joe will look at sites like PA, The Verge, etc who will more likely publish that the 808 (or this phone) is thick. Not that humanity has lost strength to carry 150g and a 15mm thick phone in the past 3-5 years. Lastly, it could be a damn April Fool's prank, my friend.

26. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Ok, sorry about that. So, this means that my reply was a fail right? Ok, I know, sorry. *EPIC FAIL*

29. jsdechavez

Posts: 783; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

"The average Joe will look at sites like PA, The Verge, etc who will more likely publish that the 808 (or this phone) is thick. Not that humanity has lost strength to carry 150g and a 15mm thick phone in the past 3-5 years. " You nailed it! I don't care if my phone looks thick.

45. yudi.nemesis unregistered

one sony is not only high quality camera phone, its all rounded phone that have high quality camera because esto said it based on 20MP cybershot RX100 with new and better post-processing algorithms, better audio, better screen JDI or IZGO, better design because it will be thiner than 808 and have ip rating, there also one sony little sister that have same spec but smaller screen its XP RAY successor

33. oister85

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Cybershot, walkman, ps certified, awesome processor, good designed, good build quality + Android = Best phone in the world

34. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I agree! :)

2. atsamman

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

20 mp Thats insaaaaaaaaane! !

39. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

nothing compared to Nokia 808

42. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

but you cant put 808 into water hahahaha

47. yudi.nemesis unregistered

20MP will have better or equal to 808 both in picture and video quality because it based on cybershot RX100 and use better software it also have better audio, screen, design, durability, and thiner so overall it will be much better than

57. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

if sony had such tech they would have used it already...they haven't so far means they have got nothing comparable to 808. Period. Cybershot ressurection and its superiority over Nokia's products is a pipedream.

3. shahulvm

Posts: 124; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Hope Sony increases the sensor size as opposed to increasing the megapixel count, to give us a better picture quality...

10. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I guess you don't know what pixel binning technology is. It downgrades a high amount of MP to low MP by merging different pixels. That is how Pureview 808 achieved super high quality photos and lossless zoom along with ~3.2 or 3.4 um pixel size.

27. dakota30312

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

Amen! Sony on paper is supposed to have one of the best cameras with 13mp and a beautiful screen at 1080p but Sony's problem is they always look first on paper but end up being third or fourth in actual use.

4. hinincheng

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I prefer a sharp IGZO screen than JDI White Magic screen cuz White Magic will cause yellow to become greenish like the Xperia P...

5. DLanor1107

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

Bring it on SONY!!!... I have the rx100 (20.9 MP and 1" Exmor CMOS sensor, the best compact camera for me) and the xperia Z (One of the best smartphone to date, dust and waterproof) and i cant wait if you will combine them into a one nice device... MAKE.BELIEVE... SONY

6. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

It's like im goin back to sony :) cant wait for more tech explosions this 2013.. but my money will explode too :( ive reserved for a gs4., and im planning for note 3, I really want spen. If togari will have this new tech rumors and somwhat revolutionary stylus, then im sold..

7. lumia920

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

sony, going crazy... the next thing is battery... 2700-3000 mah is ok.. but it should also be revolutionary, like 5000mah. thumb up to you sony..

8. ryq24

Posts: 872; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

20mp! I bet samsung is working on a 21mp phone after reading this article!

12. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

One flagship phone and one flagship phablet per year. When will Samsung release the phone? Next Year? By then Sony will have the answer of 21mp too.

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Then HTC will make a 22up (Ultrapixel) camera after Samsung reads this article.

43. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

than iphone will make 10.1MP after HTC reads this article

48. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yup, 10.1MP camera with 4" Retina display and they call it "INNOVATION". lol xD

49. bipinm

Posts: 124; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

Sony provide sensor to Samsung....So NO...

9. Scarambay unregistered

Cybershot camera + Walkman + Sony branding + IP 57 + 5" FHD JDI panel with WhiteMagic display = Awesome s**t!

25. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

really? sony branding?

31. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

If any of those Samsung phones had Sony braanding, I would have the flagship one right now... But the point is, they aren't. After all Sony is always curious about making their device beautiful, to touch, to see, and to use...

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