Sony Honami cameraphone might land as Z1, marking the first 'One Sony' handset

Those rumors that Sony's upcoming 20 MP cameraphone, codenamed Honami, might be called i1 in the end, seem to have been off by a letter. DooMLoRD from XDA-Devs fame, who has leaked Sony ROMs pre-launch before, tweeted that the Honami will actually be called Z1, not i1, which makes much more sense.

Z1 (Z One) would merge the notation for the company's flagship handsets line, like Xperia Z and Z Ultra, with the hint that the Honami is the first result of the One Sony strategy in one cool, easy to remember name. Whether or not it will also be branded Xperia Z1, remains to be seen.

One Sony was announced by CEO Kaz Hirai last year, and aimed at cross-department collaboration at Sony, so its new products benefit from the best the company is capable of in each of their aspects. Thus the Sony Z1 is expected to feature the BIONZ image processing engine, superior audio, and Sony's new Triluminous display technology, coming from the company's TV panels, that proved itself already in the Z Ultra phablet.

source: DooMLoRD (Twitter) via XperiaBlog

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  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(15h 3G talk time)



1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Why not Z2? The Xperia Z was the first ONE in the Z series.

7. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

That would make the "Xperia Z" irrelevant because Z2 would be coming in less than 7 months after Z1.

12. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I think it would be called Xperia Z One, Just like HTC One, and Xbox One.. hehe Or not..

15. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yeah that's sounds cool Xperia Z One this "One" title is kinda like a trend now HTC One, xbox One neo, he is the chosen "One" coool....

33. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012


13. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Z2 is coming this upcoming May 2014 according to sources

19. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Hey... isn't honami going to have a big camera?

29. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

no its almost typical smartphone camera size, tiny bit bigger and 20mp shoved in it. but theoretically this should be best camera in android. lets see.

27. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Or why not the XPERIA H

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

The "Z Ultra"...infinti.................

3. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Fusion of HTC One and Xperia Z...

21. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Then it should be called Xperia ZONE.

4. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Glad Sony now using Z as their flagship.

5. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Exactly the same as what they did in their laptops.

18. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

not only smartphone and laptops,their DAP flagship (digital audio players) also use name Z1000 and their headphones flagship use name Z1000 looks like Sony want to make Z like Samsung to S and Apple to i

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hate that Sony don't have a high-end flagship like the VAIO Z many many years ago (before they changed it into a ultrabook). Their new Pro series are ultrabooks like the MacBook Air, ATIV Book 9, S7, X1 Carbon,... I wish Sony would make a new high-end flagship like the MacBook Pro Retina, ATIV Book 8, ZENBOOK Prime UX51Vz.

30. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

the xperia t was supposed to be flagship too. and well one year later no one knows its name. sony is still learning the marketing system and i see them making mistake of moving away from "z" like they did with "t"

6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I WANT THIS PHONE SO BAD...and Z1 is a cool..

8. lhtbinh1909

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

LG left Optimus, Sony 's leaving Xperia. When will Nokia leave Lumia, SS leave Galaxy? LoL

17. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

I don't think Nokia and Samsung leave their brands. They are more popular among users. Nokia might not be selling as many phones as LG or Sony currently, but the awareness for Lumia is definitely higher than Optimus. Also, I believe Sony should not leave Xperia. They should just call Xperia Z1, Z2 etc.. They need that sub branding for mid-low range phones.

24. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

no they are not leaving Xperia, where did u get that idea?

31. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

They had this name since 2008 (Sony Ericsson).

9. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Name this phone ∞ 1 (The infinity 1).

10. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

great sony Z1 rocks and Two members from ESATO have already confirmed that Honami is better than Lumia 1020 i checked it today the source is the photographic artist who works fo Sony beijing and has seen Honami and this doomlord who leaked name is being followed by Xperia mobile on twitter as soon he leaked the name Z1

11. ngyixian96

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

Z1 is not good , should call it Z .1 Anyway , this phone is using Exmor R or Exmor RS for the camera ???

14. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

most probably it will be Exmor R this time no Exmor RS

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

20MP Exmor R sensor capable for 4K (4000×2000 res.) video shooting.

16. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

xperia one. ditch the alphabet

20. YodhaMali

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

I'm not a fan of the naming scheme of Sony's smartphones which goes by mere alphabets. If I were the CEO, I would give every phone a different name instead, just like 2011's Sony Ericsson phones, which ensures the customers don't get confused of the phones. Moving on to flagships, I would continue naming them with Z series. There's already Xperia Z, that should make "Honami" as Z II, the next flagship as Z III and so on. For what it's worth, Samsung's Galaxy S Series phones have earned such an elite recognition because they persisted with naming their flagships as S series which automatically gives the next iteration of the phone in the series a big hype.

25. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Go build ur own mobile company and name whatever u like on ur phone

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