Sony i1 Honami cameraphone pops up in the flesh, sporting Z-like design

Sony i1 Honami cameraphone pops up in the flesh, sporting Z-like design
By now it is pretty clear that the Sony Honami aka Xperia i1, or whatever the cameraphone gets named in the end, won't sport a camera protrusion on the back like the Lumia 1020, for instance.

Judging from the hints and leaked photos so far it will have a flat back, with just a 20 MP Exmor sensor in the upper left corner. A few clear photos have emerged that allegedly depict the Honami front, back and sideways, and they indeed show that Sony is going for a regular thin look and feel, but spicing it up in the camera department. The bottom is evidently hosting a giant speaker grill, indicating some added focus on the audio department, too, like originally rumored.

Now what good will be the sensor compared to the giant photography marvel in the Lumia 1020 remains to be seen, but the i1 is apparently going to come in a thin Android form for now, with a chassis that jibes with the Xperia Z design heritage, and only a camera comparison will answer who's boss in the sensor and lens department.

source: Weibo via GadgetHelpline

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Xperia Z1
  • 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. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I like that speaker grill. The bottom bezel is so huge.

10. BlackScreener

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

All bezels are huge, look at LG G2...

11. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

so the leaked pictures from a month ago were correct. this is disappointing, i was hoping that was a prototype. oh well. ill be buying this anyways. i want that camera. it will be like my GS3. i bought it and every single day i hated looking at it cus it looked so disgusting.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Why does the screen look so terrible, the Xperia Z Ultra had a pretty good Triluminos display, this one looks worse than the Xperia Z. Also why doesn't it have tiny bezels like the Xperia ZL. Hopefully its a early prototype.

15. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

hope it's smaller in size than the xperia Z.otherwise it would be a step backward .

2. whoyton2

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

No hump! or is that just a Nokia thing?!

3. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

Dont worry. This will suck because of small sensor.

40. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

he don't know how 41MP camera manage to fit in such a small area.

4. cam-whore

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

yup no humps, it's not a good as a nokia...

13. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

So you are now saying that humps are the new basis of the phone's photography performance? Come on, let's just see the actual capabilities of this phone when launched then we judge.

18. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

It need not be as good as Nokia... we are not looking for great camera on a feature phone like 1020... this is a smartphone + a good camera which is a better package...

30. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

I'm not sure if you are joking, or if you don't realize that the 1020 is also a smartphone.

33. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

it's not easy to have best of both worlds yes, 1020 is a smartphone, but the functionality is at downside relatively

41. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

I've had a 920 for a while now, and I'm still searching for that downside.

9. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

That simply means the sensor is small, not a good sign


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Haha and people said this will kill the EOS.....good luck with that!

17. sapibuntinx

Posts: 61; Member since: May 08, 2013

yea, sontard should use this fake hxxp://​3/06/fake-Sony-Honami.jpg design, looks much much better than this s**t...

21. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Honami: hey lumia 1020 lets capture great shot underwater, i bet you can do better than I. Lumia 1020: of course I do (Both phone dunk underwater) Honami: too bad Im smarter, tougher and beautiful than you Lumia 1020 KILLED!!!


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

So only under water the honami is better....EPIC FAIL i would say if that's the only benefit! People always need to nag about something, get a life!

28. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

You dont understand my comment, read it twice. Whats the point of a superior cameraphone if it is not smart, tougher and gorgeous!

34. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

taking good photo underwater is something new and of course 1020 have a bigger sensor and should perform better than honami, but so what? it's not really easy to compare and WP and android device

6. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

I'm disappointed! And some people say Galaxy s4 it's ugly!

8. lee480 unregistered

Looks better than the S4 though.

39. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Nope, this still looks like tripe. Such a boring design and I was hoping for some of those concept designs. This is just an Xperia Z with an SD800 and 20mp camera, xperia Z refresh. Boring....

42. TMach unregistered

You might want to reconsider that statement unless, of course, you are simply hating! The Xperia Z is recognised, along side the HTC One as one of the best looking phones around. The specs on this make it a step up....not forgetting the triluminous display which makes this a huge plus.

7. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Is this a cameraphone? A cybershotphone?

19. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

A Phamera.

31. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Oh just stop with that 'Phamera' already !!!!!! If you say something enough times its not gonna become a truth. Cut it out and think of something else !

14. papss unregistered

Hmm the flat back tells me that the camera while better than most will still have an extremely small sensor meaning it won't best the 1020.... At least that's my take. regardless I live the way the phone looks and if they can get that screen tech to work as it should then they may have a winner...too bad its running on android though, that kills it for me personally.

16. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

The thin body suggests a mediocre camera sensor and lens setup

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