Sony Honami visits FCC, reveals late September or early October launch

Sony Honami visits FCC, reveals late September or early October launch
Sony's answer to the Nokia Lumia 1020, the Sony Xperia i1 Honami is supposed to be the first of a new line of camera-centric phones from the Japanese based OEM. Information from a visit to the FCC made by the device shows that the model might see the light of day as soon as late September or early October. A short-term confidentiality letter in the FCC package expires at the end of September possibly giving us a window into what Sony is thinking.

The latest word on the specs of the device include a 5 inch 1080 x 1920 triluminuous display with X-reality engine and a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor under the hood. 2GB of RAM is onboard with 16GB of native storage included. If you need additional storage, you can use the microSD slot. The rear camera would feature a 20MP sensor with Sony G Lens and BIONZ image Processing engine and the Honami will be IP55/57 certified for water and dust protection. The 3000mAh battery with Stamina Mode keeps the lights on for at least a full day. Android 4.2.2 will be installed out of the box and the phone will be available in black, white and purple.

The FCC documentation also confirms the Honami name for the device. So who is pumped for Sony's Xperia i1 Honami?

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: FCC via Techkiddy



15. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This needs to be carried by many carriers, this sounds pretty sweet.

12. oister85 unregistered

I hope it comes to all carriers in U.S. otherwise Samsung will not have any competition.

19. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sammy became the leader in the U.S. in part on a superior offering that was heavily marketed. But they also benefited from competitor missteps. Like competitors not releasing versions on all 4 major carriers. If Sony doesn't release their latest toy on all 4 major carriers in the U.S., they will have conclusively demonstrated they are not ready for prime time.

20. oister85 unregistered

Thats true

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm going to laugh so hard if this turns out to be a flop like the Z did. Once again, a Sony phone is getting so much hype and it better live up to its reputation.

11. FeroDeNO

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 20, 2013

still is sold more than ur lumia 920 it sold 5 million in 40 days and yes nokia is not even in smartphone list see samsung right on top

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Everyone on this site knows I'm pro Samsung and Apple not Nokia lol.

9. gust3r3u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

omg omg omg omg omg sony better not f*** it up , if one of those specs is wrong i am not buying BUT if they are true i am not even gonna wait for september releases :)

8. alila2

Posts: 171; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

if it was the same size of the ZL then i would buy it , but being bigger than the Z then no deal for me. great phone though.

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

can u just please SONY release the freakin phone already.

5. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

Its aws frequency. Woho!

3. Yubnub

Posts: 100; Member since: May 23, 2013

Now hurry and come to t-mobile!


Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Nah. I'll stay with AT&T, they have the widest and fastest LTE coverage so far and I'm happy with em as my service provider. I'm quite disappointed why T-mo and not AT&T got the SXZ first, now I'll have to buy it unlocked. Hahaa :D

7. Omarc07

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

maybe were you live because over here in los Angeles att sucks been a long time customer i have grandfathered unlimited data have a galaxy s4, iphone 5 on a family plan unlimited data on both phones , LTE in La is sloow 4 mbps up,2 up ridiculous and yes that s with full bars of lte standing outside on dwtwn LA i get faster speeds on there 3G iget 6 up and 2 up. I know its an LA thing because in san fransisco i was getting up to 50 mbps something i never ever saw in LA now im back in LA enjoying my sloow LTE speeds yay! Good thing verizon works here friend on verizon gets 25 mbps everywhere i get 4 mbps i think i might go to them .

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

50 Mb/s in SF may have been right after the service was turned on and only 1 user was connected. Nowadays, it is closer to what you are seeing than 50 Mb/s.

22. Omarc07

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

not really i was there last week i also went to Oakland and got speeds up to 30 mbps at day time 12 pm im sure plenty of people were on the network at that time speeds didnt go lower than 25 dwn 15 up . Like i said in LA i never ever get speeds that high not even at 3am ..


Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Then Xperia Z will have a mini price drop! I'll finally get it! Hahahaa.

1. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Galaxy S 4 , Galaxy S 4 Active and Galaxy S 4 Zoom combined in a phone that has better design , battery and CPU than the 3! Watch out sammy ;)

13. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Pretty much sums it up accurately. If Sony released it on sprint...I would almost certainly get it. But they for some reason dont like making phones compatible with Verizon and Sprint....thus locking out a potential ~150 million customers in America alone. I dont know what other networks it wont release for around the world....

14. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Powerful, beautiful, strong, and resistant

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Agree with you on Sony losing out on VZW and Sprint customers. Then again, it seems that Nokia have perfected the art of losing customers - they are bailing on VZW, Sprint and T-Mo in the U.S. Nothing like taking a potential winner and dooming it right from the start.

21. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

It is the perfect business plan for people who don't want their business to do well. 60% of the time it works every time. Doesn't Nokia have quite a few phones on T-Mo though? Like the 925 and mid/entry-range lumias? Same with VZW, they got the 928 and mid-range lumias. They were stupid about the 1020 though, that should be on every network, and Microsoft should be using their clout to make sure it is.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless