Sony Honami mini is real: first image and specs surface in Japan, phone to be called Xperia Z1 f

Sony Honami mini is real: first image and specs surface in Japan, phone to be called Xperia Z1 f
The Sony Xperia Honami mini is a device we’ve been hearing about for a long time - a compact yet powerful Android, the first of its kind, and now we’ve gotten the first truly veritable leak about its real existence. The Honami mini appears in the catalog of Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo and there is a picture of it as well.

The Honami mini is referred to as the Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F), and shows a handset made out of glass and looking like a smaller Xperia Z1. The Z1 f is allegedly featuring 4 differently colored versions - a black, white, pink and yellow ones.

So what is it? By all looks, it is a dream come true for those who dream about a more compact Android device with the specs of the latest flagships. Inside a 4.3” display, Sony has crammed in the most powerful Snapdragon 800 chip and the same no-compromise 20.7-megapixel camera as in the Xperia Z1.

Here is a break-down of the Sony Xperia Z1 f specs:

  • 4.3” 720 x 1280 pixel display
  • 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 system chip
  • 20.7MP main camera, 2MP front camera
  • Dimensions of 127mm x 64.9mm x 9.4mm (X x Y x Z)
  • IP55/58 water and dust resistance
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • 2300mAh battery

This is quite a stellar package, don’t you think? Take a look at the leaked images right below - they are in Japanese, but the important details are easy to understand without knowledge of the language.

source: Xperia blog



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'd take the Z1 over this due to the fact it has a 5" screen. Solid high end device.

9. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

I don't how big your hand is but the Z1 sure is too huge for a phone with 5". Even the G2 has a larger screen with smaller dimension compare to Z1. I think this new version of Z1 (Z1 f?) will surely have many customers where people want to get a compact smartphone without having to compromise the hardware.

28. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

What really sucks is the screen size for this one... I did not like the bezel on Z1, and now I a bit dissapointed of the 4.3" screen... I already have a 4.3" screen Xperia, BUT with capacitive buttons... so I can fully use the entire area... Maybe I will stick a bit longer with my Acro S until a 4.5~4.7" beast like this appear, since Sony is not coming back to capacitive buttons. Maybe an Xperia Z1R

14. syedej123

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

My Sony, triluminious, xreallity , bravia engine these all sounds cool.. until you change TFT screen to'World Class' IPS panel or Amoled screens !! And just optimise battery with your hardware/software. Reduce screen bezel..Thats it. That will be my first Sony Phone.

25. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree with battery optimization and bezel in many of their models... but their screen have always (since NXT lineup) been awesome, and the viewing angle is an overrated complain. My 720p Xperia Acro S still get many "wows" for it's screen from iPhone and Galaxy users, specially when displaying pictures and video with Bravia Engine turned on.

27. taikucing unregistered

Nah, just use the display of Z Ultra, it's better. The display in Z & Z1 suck. I wonder why Z Ultra has better display while the other Zs don't

55. syedej123

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

You are right..I read comment there like this ' thats because Z1 has the same panel as Xperia Z. just put it under microscope and you`ll see the pixel type, orientation, size and other things are just same (I just did that!).that`s why Xperia Z1 has limited view angle compared to Xperia Z Ultra.' Anyway there is big difference. . Z ULTRA and Z1.kurai check it out.

29. Kurai unregistered

The tft screen that you're talking about has evolved. it produces more accurate colors than that of the amoled, it improved greatly on the viewing angles and it's evenly par with samsung's samoled and htc's s-lcd. sony's just beginning ....

19. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

sony you guys got a have to launch Z1 in usa soon or u will gonna loose market share in usa. i'm waiting...........

2. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

So much for Sony's new anti-leak policy. But wow! This is a little monster!

3. Gigabinzle

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

i like the build, too bad its not running ios7

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

why? what does ios7 have that you can't find in android?

16. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Answer plz :)

26. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

extra $ for non-free OS

35. tryingHARD

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 31, 2012


41. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

First of all, this is not true. The iphone (and ipad) are not lagless at all. I've seen lags myself, when opening apps, websites and so on, and I've seen games stuttering. So it's *almost* lagless. Open apple maps with ios7 on a previous generation ipad and it will take several seconds, much less than how much google maps takes to open in my (previous generation) nexus 7. Second, take an android in the same price range of an iphone, like an htc one or an xperia z1 and you'll see that it's virtually lagless as well. If this is the only thing you've been able to come out with, I have bad news for you... it's not true anymore. Iphone used to be lagless when the OS was simpler, but as soon as they had to implement new features to keep up with Android lags and fragmentation started to appear as well. And Android had lags in the beginning, but now it does not lag so much, of course (as I said) on phones that have the same price of the iphone.

42. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011


47. tryingHARD

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 31, 2012

Yeah comparing to my s4. Cant even handle a basic function, answering calls! I will always say this because i experienced it and still experiencing it! I got in trouble due to unanswered calls! I havent seen any phone that doesnt lag when answering calls but s4. I really hate it! Im not techie but it is very annoying and frustrating! I should have waited for z1 or Ip5s.

48. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

@tryingHARD samsung's interface has many features, but I must admit that it's not as fast as stock android or other interfaces like sony or htc. It's more of a samsung's problem, though. If speed is you major concern, you could try this:

52. tryingHARD

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 31, 2012

I have I9500. It says there that it is only for I9505. I really want to stop this lag when answering. But i am not techie and i have a very little knowledge of troubleshooting. They said stock android is faster and doesnt lag. I hope to get it in mine. Btw, i dont know what stock android is.

43. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

yeah, if you post it many times it will become true someday...

44. poping unregistered

some colleagues updated their ip4s to ios7,.. wow the lag seems like 10fps... now others don't want to upgrade due to this...

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

100 Things iOS Can't Do Android Phones Can:

24. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

OMG... I knew almost all these things, but I didn't know that there's no app integration in IOS and that you can't set default applications for different actions... I took these things for granted even on the iphone! Anyway, the list is impressive.

4. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

i prefer this over iphone 5s....... :)

33. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'll choose this over the iPhone 5c :) But getting the Z1

5. tositem

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

OMAGAH! They have it in Yellow! Wanna!

6. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Z1 f!!! What an ugly name for a mobile phone,

7. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

I'm skeptical about the battery life of this one. A SD800 SoC + 2300mAh battery looks like a bad combination. We'll see soon enough. . .

10. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

The rumoured N5 has the exact same SoC and battery but with larger display and higher resolution. I'm not sure what KitKat will bring but I sure hope that it's all about optimization for a better UX. As you said, we'll see soon enough :D

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