Sony i1 Honami to be announced in Paris on July 4th?

Sony i1 Honami to be announced in Paris on July 4th?
July 4th is a date usually associated in the U.S. with fireworks. It looks as though that tradition is going to be exported to Paris this year as an invitation from the Japanese OEM shows a sideways image of the Sony i1 Honami, the first cameraphone in a new One Sony series. The invite, which was originally thought to show the side view of the just announced Sony Xperia Z Ultra, shows a time of 9:30 am for the Independence Day unveiling.

On Thursday, we showed you some newly leaked photographs of the Sony i1, which is expected to feature a 20/13MP rear facing snapper with an Exmor RS sensor, G Lens, Cybershot, dual LED and Xenon flash, Mobile BIONZ Image processing and interchangeable lens. Sony will have some competition from the Nokia EOS and its 41MP rear-facing camera, and from the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom.

The phone leaked on Thursday matches the design of the one pictured in the invitation. And the inclusion of the pen in the ad would seem to indicate that the feature on the Sony Xperia Z Ultra which allows users to take notes on the screen using a writing instrument with a 1mm tip or greater, will be offered on the Honami as well.

The fourth of July is coming next Thursday, so for those who have been waiting to see this model, you have less than a week to wait.



source: BlogofMobile (translated), RBMEN (translated) via AndroidAuthority

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48 Comments

45. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

this is just great news yeahh.

37. gundamexia450

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

MUST..............................................​...............BUY................................​.....................THIS.........................​..............PHONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!​!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SONY ATW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

35. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I agree with the others that this is more likely the XPERIA ZU and not the ホナミ, but irregardless I hope Sony does not waste their first true attempt at full internal collaboration. Sony is the company that needs to do this, as they haveare among the top in almost all their related divisions: BRAVIA, Walkman and Cybershot/〆 are all respected leaders in their own rights.

32. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

If this sexy phone also water proff hell I'll pass the ZU for the Honami!

34. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

The earlier rumors peg the i1 as IP57. But rumors are, well, rumors.

30. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

i think that's the xz ultra. that device on the invite is too thin to be the honami as shown in the "leaked" photos.

24. getalife2203

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 05, 2010

This is not the Honami, nor is it the Z Ultra. The Z Ultra does not have a dedicated camera button, whilst the picture does. And the Honami, if it is it in the leaked picture, does not have a side headphone jack. This phone in the invitation looks like its the both of them together. Hopefully its not too big like the Z Ultra. It could be the Xperia Z refresh with a Snapdragon 800 processor under its hood. I can't wait :D

26. mukmin01

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

yeah...i have the same thought as you....but i think its look too tall to be the xperia z refresh....or maybe it is actually the xperia z ultra but they just forgot to take out that dedicated camera button on the leaked picture

20. evil_slayer

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

yeah...the audio jack from the supposedly leaked images of the i1 is on the top...not on the side like the image from the poster...

19. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Everything is going out of the cage. Where are you now Note3?? Still hiding??

14. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

BRING IT ON SONY!

12. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

why don't you look and think carefully PA?? look at the audio jack at the top. where is it in the phone of second image the first image is ZU

11. aokde

Posts: 186; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

First of this isn't the honami, its the Z Ultra. Second the honami won't be introduced until IFA 13 which is in september...

23. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

First, you are wrong. Second.. read the first point again.

27. aokde

Posts: 186; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

go home potato.

31. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

potato is homeless. I live under the earth.

42. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

what a shot.!

43. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

what a potato.!

44. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

What a comment.

36. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Yeah.. The image on the invitation is the Z Ultra. The pen and the Audio jack placement is pretty much confirms it's the ZU. Maybe this is the local/national launching of the ZU?

48. bipinm

Posts: 124; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

Z ultra dont have camera button.... Honami will probably be introduced at IFA...or July...

9. oister85 unregistered

I assuming this phone is going to be bulky to right ?

15. cyborg009

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

nothing for which you have to go to the gym!

25. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Do you mean S4 zoom? :D

7. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

That phone is so thin that it certainly can't have a xenon flash, let alone interchangeable lens!!! BTW, the product shown in the invitation looks like the Z Ultra, so I wouldn't hold my breath for the Honami.

5. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Eagerly waiting...

2. whoyton2

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

I'm very proud of Siny, they are finally bringing there A game, now the fun begins can the mighty Sony honami destroy the also mighty EOS (or 1020)???

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Siny? You mean Sony right? Sony is always in the game. ALWAYS. And yeah, the competition is getting more exciting. BRING IT ON!

10. whoyton2

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Yeh damn editing rule didn't let me change lol

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

See my post 17 above. Based on the current state of leaks, I tend to think Nokia will have the most compelling camera/smartphone offering for 2013 once the L-EOS ships.

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