Sony i1 aka Honami cameraphone to land unlocked in the US this fall, alongside the 6.44" Togari phablet


The rumored Sony Honami is one of the most hotly speculated about Android phones, as it might debut the best Sony can offer in the camera and sound realms, wrapped up in a pilot device for a new One Sony line of hero handsets, which indicates the strategy introduced last year by CEO Kaz Hirai

Rumors at dedicated forum threads peg it for arrival on US soil in the fall, and the name is beginning to shape up as the Sony i1, marking it as the first in an upcoming One Sony portfolio. 

The Sony i1 aka Honami is expected to feature a stacked Exmor RS sensor, which is larger than the one in the Nokia N8, for instance, aided by a Xenon and/or dual LED flash that will be much brighter than what we have in typical smartphones, as well as new software processing algorithms, and new interface, taking hints from the Cyber-shot camera range. The phone itself is rumored to have a glass/metal fusion chassis with carbon fiber elements, yet feature normal 10mm thickness. These are the specs rumored so far, rounded up by the Esato forum member jianlin, and you can see a concept render based on these in the image above:

5 inch Full HD (XR5) Reality / Triluminos Display with X-Reality
S800 + Adreno 330, clock unknown ( XR5)
2 GB RAM +
32gb with micro sd slot (XR5)
8/13/16.2 Mp camera, with BIONZ mobile (XR5) ..1/1.5"/1.1.6 ( XR5) exmor RS. All new image processing algorithim(XR5), G Lens (XR5), Xenon Flash/Dual Led/Plasma flash.
Said to beat all Android cameras
S Master Walkman mobile (XR5)
Liquid Magnetic Mobile Speaker
3000 mAh battery +(XR5)
Glass + Metal body with Carbon Fibre (XR5)
Android 4.2.2/whatever the next version is
IP58 certification
New Revamped UI
most beatiful xperia ever..(XR5)

While the IP58 certification sounds iffy, and we are at most likely to see IP57 like on the Xperia Z, there are also hints for dual stereo speakers, like on the HTC One, for instance. 

The Sony i1, alongside with the rumored 6.44" Togari phablet, are speculated to be sold in the US unlocked, rather than tied up to carrier contracts, as AT&T won't be carrying Sony gear, but for what price will these two alleged beauties land in September or October, is still anyone's guess.

source: Esato & MobilizedTech

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80 Comments

1. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

Wow!! I want this Im waiting :)

33. haney.alsaaidy

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

new phone rumored to have : 10008000p resolution 99 RAM + 1000 Ghz cpu 1TB with micro sd slot wow !! i want it im waiting and this is the best manufacturer yahuuu

54. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Too bad you won't see specs even close to those for a few more decades.

65. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 616; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

lol the resolution alone is impossible let alone what nuclear battery we would need to power any of this

69. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

1080p 555Ppi Lens and sensors above with Xneon 1/4 lens 8xA15 Cpu 5000Mah 3x optical zoom 3Gb Ram Ddr3 128Gb memory Pvr554 8x Gpu Sapphire front, rear ceramic flat back design, carbon fibre rims Bose crystal clear 4 way speakers, with amp Wolfson das, high end Crystal clear sound Weight 200gms Dream phone™

75. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I hate you by heart but the sepcs you specified really are mouthwatering.

72. Mobilephile

Posts: 171; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

These authors really need to stop calling these devices phablets, 5" - 8" are more like mini-tablets. A Nexus 7 can make calls, but they don't call it a phablet.

78. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

why don't u guys listen.........i want this phone.....!!!

2. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Already been reported multiple times over the last week or two

41. haney.alsaaidy

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

but they have forgotten to report that its the worst handling phone ever

3. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Watch the camera. Doesn't seems impressive. ANyway Sony = NIIIIIIIICE Spec sheets BAAAAAAAD Products. Without me.

35. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Lol, 20MP sensor with 8/12/13/16 MP max resolution and new image processing algorithm seems unimpressive? You must be a htc/samsung/iCrap fanboy

55. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

If hes HTC: The Honami can take in way more light than your camera while having 4x the MP. Sasmsung: Samsung is just average camera Apple: Better than Samsung worse than Nokia Pure view.

4. red_fox unregistered

6.44"!!! that's way too big...

5. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

Just d togari

12. yudi.nemesis unregistered

yeah its to damn big, if you use it as a smartphone

73. Mobilephile

Posts: 171; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

I use my Nexus 7 to make calls sometimes and it works fine, so this is 6.44" a mini-tablet that can make calls...don't see the big deal

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Geez.......son of a BEAST! Now this is the best of Sony!

21. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

This could easily be the best android phone this year; Note 3 wont take the title.

22. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Totally agree with you! :)

28. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

That count is pure idiocy how could a camera phone... A phone which is made to have a good camera beat a fully fledged smartphone... Get real

36. yudi.nemesis unregistered

did you read the article, its fully fledged smartphone not only about camera 5 inch Full HD (XR5) Reality / Triluminos Display with X-Reality S800 + Adreno 330, clock unknown ( XR5) 2 GB RAM + 32gb with micro sd slot (XR5) 8/13/16.2 Mp camera, with BIONZ mobile (XR5) ..1/1.5"/1.1.6 ( XR5) exmor RS. All new image processing algorithim(XR5), G Lens (XR5), Xenon Flash/Dual Led/Plasma flash. Said to beat all Android cameras S Master Walkman mobile (XR5) Liquid Magnetic Mobile Speaker 3000 mAh battery +(XR5) Glass + Metal body with Carbon Fibre (XR5) Android 4.2.2/whatever the next version is IP58 certification New Revamped UI most beatiful xperia ever..(XR5)

59. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Way to big, 5 or 5.5 is okay©

60. yudi.nemesis unregistered

one more idiot... what are you trying to say??? if what you mean is togari yeah that thing is damn big, but the problem is you reply my post when i'm talking about Honami (5 inch smartphone)

40. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Note III should not be underestimated.

58. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You should know people buy note phablets because of their productivity not just because of their size

68. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 616; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

ive always said the same thing about my friends note 2

74. Mobilephile

Posts: 171; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

true that. all in one device. Must be an idiot to carry a tablet, mp3 player, a camera and a phone all at once.

70. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Sony Make Believe Why Compromise Like no others™

7. roldxx

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

i'm drooling over this. heck just the dedicated s-master walkman chip is enough for me to buy this

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