Rumored Sony Honami mini won't downsize the specs

The latest trend with handset manufacturers is to make a"mini" version of their flagship phone. Samsung, HTC and even Motorola has done this; now, there is speculation that Japanese based OEM Sony will do the same with its upcoming new flagship model. The Sony i1 Honami is expected to be the first of Sony's new camera-centric phones and is scheduled to be introduced September 4th in Berlin...
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61 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If this is true, Sony will just call it Xperia _____ instead of Xperia _____ Mini. Seems like the best phone in the 4"-4.5" department.

21. Dunexus

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

If it's true, it will be mine !! A just want a not-too-big (4"-4,5") high end device, this will be the only one to fight with the iPhone !

50. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

that iphone is already DBF (dead before fight)

37. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Ya its a great news not all flagship phone should carry 5"inch+ screen size many prefer lower size because they have small hands Not everyone chooses same sized UnderWear, some prefer lower size and some prefer higher size because each have bigger and smaller a** respectively....

55. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I was very disappointed when I saw the rumor that the Honami is going is going to be bigger than the Xperia Z. I was hoping that it would be about the size as the Xperia ZL (the perfect size in my opinion). But this Honami Mini with mostly the same specs is very very good news, I will defiantly consider this phone, even if its small than I like, its better than a phone that's too big (in my opinion).

2. luigi0824

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

it should be Honamini

3. AK4TAY7BEN

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Hopefully the bezel downsizes as well... sounds interesting though

11. mafflambo

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

that was also my first thought.. minimum bezel and touch buttons can't wait to see it :))

16. yudi.nemesis unregistered

If Ray 3 also dust and waterproof I doubt this phone will have bezelless body, I think the maximum size of Ray 3 would like Xperia V.

4. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

This would sell like hot cake, but unfortunately I think it's a dream that will never come true.

5. Saafa

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Yeeaaaaaaaaaaay! finally a mini monster!!:D I love it!

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

MY DREAM PHONE MAY BE HERE!!! YES! Thank you Sony :)

7. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

If this is true..then it is a clear win for sony! Bring it on sony!Please! :)

8. pelop

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

the "ray 3" has been announced back in april on the xda-developers forums forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2235743

9. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Rumors about Ray 3 has been circulating for a long time in esato forum, Ray 3 not just going to be the best Mini phones, but also the best Iphone 5S competitor.

10. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

If this comes to pass... This will be my next phone. It's a 4.3" display so 720p is perfectly fine (for me) and that S800 + Adreno 330 with should push that little sucker into a speed demon, all while sipping the smallest amount of battery juice. 2GB RAM, SD card slot, & the Honami's 20.7MP camera?! Icing on the cake, followed by ice cream, followed by chocolate syrup and whipped cream. The Honami Mini sounds like my perfect phone. Pardon me while I take some tissues to the bathroom.

12. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

This does sound like the Android I have been waiting for. I loved the One S because of its size, build quality, and speed, and this sounds like it will be in the same strata (Best performer) in relation to its super-sized brethren. I worry that Sony will screw up distribution, like they have with recent phones, but hopefully they are learning the lesson that mass distribution leads to mass adoption.

13. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

This is slap for those existing mini of other oem, good job Sony !!! This is what we're waiting for!!! In a compact size, like what they did in Xperia zl. A 32 gig w/o sd slot in xchange of removable battery is better!!!

14. Feanor

Posts: 1327; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

It only seems that Sony is dead serious about coming back. If this phone comes to be true with these specs, then it will indeed be the only device to deserve the name 'Flagship mini'. The HTC One Mini and particularly the Samsung GS4 Mini are just marketing terms. The have the same specs as mid-rangers but instead of being called Galaxy Ace or HTC Desire or whatever else, they are just called 'Flagship Mini' for marketing purposes.

15. papss unregistered

Now this could be a huge deal. I hope they do this. I often wondered why some of the top specs didn't come to a small chassis.

17. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Hey Sony Just dont disappoint all of those who are patiently waiting for such a beast. RAY3 lovers are waiting...

18. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

We're hoping it is true, and will distributed to four major US carrier. It is time for Sony to beat them all in small and mid sizes flagship phones. I admit that Samsung is still my favorite handset because of it's removable batt, but size sometimes matter, and the majority consumer's were looking a compact high end phone.

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

If they don't underclock the s**t out of the s800 Sony is doing it wrong. Sure this is good for spec heads but terrible for your PR and marketing department when your mini version crushes your flagship in everything except maybe screen fidelity. Keeping the same CPU is fine but you have to scale down the clockspeed along with the screen and battery. Just try and do it discretely like Apple does with the A6x vs A6. In reality the A6X destroys the s**t out of the A6 but Apple gets a pass because it is still an A6 on the iphone albeit a severely neutered one. Sorry fanboys, an S800 clocked at 2.3 ghz is just going to waste battery on a 720p screen and make your Honami flagship seem slow in comparison. Sony better not do this because the only people this will appease is Phonearena fanboys. Everyone else would be fine with a underclocked Qualcomm 600 or even an S4 pro.

20. wrm2013

Posts: 231; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Finally a company with a brain. (mini doesnt mean kill the specs)

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Seems that a lot of you are clueless about this. Mini does mean kill the specs. A good way of looking at specs for the mini devices is this. Roy Jones Junior doesn't need to weight as much, or be as tall, or have as long of a reach as say Lennox Lewis to dominate his weight class. Yes his specs are way s**ttier than Lennox Lewis but relative to his size and weight class, he is just as much of a flagship boxer if not more so. Same thing with the iphone 5. Less than 720p 1.2ghz dual core 1gb of ram 1400 mah battery and people have no problems calling it a flagship yet they somehow expect smaller Android phones to have the same specs as the 1080p beasts that actually need that power and that huge battery to run well? What kind of retarded logic is that? 5/10 is the same as 1/2. Exactly the same despite the former having much higher numbers. In my opinion, all the mini flagships except for the screen have scaled perfectly fine and anything more is just going to a) make the real 1080p flagship look slow and who wants that or b) be a total waste of the already shrunken battery and overkill.

29. Feanor

Posts: 1327; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Sorry dude but your argument is not entirely correct. I wouldn't mind the downscaling of specs if it didn't affect the overall experience. But both Samsung and HTC have downscaled the specs in a way that puts their respective Minis square in the middle segment. E.g., I wouldn't mind if the Galaxy S4 Mini did away with the FHD screen if they kept at least an HD resolution above 300ppi. But qHD or whatever it is, is a massive downgrade which doesn't deserve the Galaxy S4 moniker. Similarly the HTC One Mini ought to keep the signature OIS camera module. And so forth. There is a stage in downgrading where you end up a mid-ranger rather than a downsized flagship.

31. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Those mini versions might have missed the mark slightly, HTC One Mini is mainly size because no one actually gives a crap about IOS despite what the Nokia fans say. But that doesn't matter really. The main thing is that the battery life is going lick if they do not scale down that CPU a bit. The battery is much smaller and the screen will use less power but it won't use that much less power. And this thing is going to outperform the 1080p Honami in everything except screen quality and battery life. Not a message I think Sony should send where the mini version beats the crap out of the flagship version in benchmarks and performance. They should use the S600 or an underclocked S800 period.

33. Feanor

Posts: 1327; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

To this I can agree. As I said, the overall experience matters, a slightly downgraded processor would probably be just fine to move around the reduced amount of pixels. But an HD resolution, a non-downgraded camera and same design and materials should remain.

40. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That's why I think Motorola really nailed down the "mini" segment of the market with the Droid mini. Same exact specs as the Ultra and Maxx, just with a smaller display (of a different technology) and smaller battery. Same resolution display, same SoC, same amount of RAM, and same camera. In a way, the Droid mini is actually better than the Ultra and Maxx because of the higher density display. Anyways, more on topic, the Snapdragon 800 will completely drain the battery on the Honami mini. Though frame rates will go through the roof with the Adreno 330 pushing a 720p display, it's not worth the hit to battery life. Either under clock the hell out of the S800 or use a S600. Otherwise, it seems to be one of the better devices in the "mini" category.

44. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

A 1.7ghz sSD600 would be perfect for that mini version in my opinion.
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