Sony to shoehorn Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 inside Sony Xperia Z refresh?

Sony to shoehorn Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 inside Sony Xperia Z refresh?
Eldar Murtazin has sent out a tweet saying the Russian blogger is trying out an updated version of the Sony Xperia Z powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Murtazin's take on this refreshed version of the Japanese OEM's Android flagship model? According to his tweet, the new version of the Sony Xperia Z is "really fast".

Murtazin also said that the Sony Xperia Z that he tested featured an LCD3 display like the one used on the HTC One, but he added that it probably wouldn't be used for the commercial version of the phone. The current version of the Sony Xperia Z features a 5 inch screen with 1080 x 1920 resolution (FHD) which works out to a spectacular 443ppi pixel density. And if you were wondering, the current models feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.

Murtazin has been known to be off the mark occasionally, so we need to take this report with the proverbial grain of salt. It is possible that the phone tested by Murtazin was the model now known as the Sony i1 Honami, which carries a 5 inch screen like the Xperia Z, but is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. This model is supposed to have the best camera of any Android handset with interchangeable lens and is expected to be IP58 certified for water and dust. It is believed that this unit will sell unlocked in the states, free from the clutches of subsidies and two-year contracts. Looking for a time frame? Perhaps we will see the Sony i1 Honami touch down in September or October.

source: @eldarmurtazin via AndroidAuthority

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Xperia Z
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2330 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. papss unregistered

What an exciting time for us consumers. I can't wait to see real world results from these powerhouses..

2. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

everyday just hoping this honami rumors are actually true.

15. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Yes!! Can't wait to upgrade my phone. Bring it on!!

24. lifebeyondearth

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 03, 2012


3. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

This! Is what we been waiting for Sony.......s800 processor, LCD 3 screen, water proof, and a Sony brand! Hell yea

4. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I find the SLCD3 part hard to believe, why would they use other companies displays when they produce their own? My guess is that it is the Trilluminous display...

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

its possible sony kind of works with htc so its not hard to see em do that

8. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

But slcd is not HTC's technology. They have no technology, everything comes from other company's.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Shhhh.... Let the clueless HTC fans have their warped reality. I think Sharp is the sole provider of the SLCD3 this time but I know Sony was one of the 4 who manufactured the SLCD2 screen on the One X. Acer, Sony, and Sharp believe.

12. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

well either way who ever owns it its not hard to get a hold of would be great to see it on the upgraded xperia z :)

16. yudi.nemesis unregistered

i think HTC doesn't have display technology, the SLCD3 in HTC One is manufactured by JDI (Japan Display Inc) and Samsung display is also a secondary supplier JDI is a new company for small and medium sized display formed through the integration of Sony mobile display, Toshiba mobile display, and Hitachi display. JDI also was behind the HTC DNA and HTC Butterfly. so Sony is easly to use SLCD3/JDI IPS LCD, the only thing hard to believe is why Sony use some crappy display on Xperia Z when they have better display

5. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

wow Xperia z - google version with S800 + an updated screen tech + a higher mah battery + LTE unlocked would be so perfect....

7. wendygarett unregistered

I want honami :)

10. FlushGordon unregistered

All of that is USELESS without a screen refresh Ditch that outdated TFT lcd for goodness sake!!!!! Ohhh they just did, LOL

11. FlushGordon unregistered

Nvidia getting no Love??? Hahahahahahahahaha

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Tegra 4 seems insanely powerful on paper but after the garbage tegra 2 and tegra 3, you can't really trust them with anything.

14. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

damn that would be perfect

17. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

This could be a completely different device

18. kdealltheway

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Why do you always call out Eldar Murtazin to be "of the mark occasionally"? PA is known to be a rumor based site, with 100 articles just about suposed iPhone parts... Little credit where it is due wouldn't hurt.

19. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Processors are not going solve any issues if software is not optimized. That's the problem with the old s3 n s2 are still very smooth because touch wiz was very optimized for them. Sony should learn to optimize their UI n stop putting trust into hardware. My experience with their Fon was horrible.

21. TMach unregistered

Have to diasgree with you. Sony has upped its game in terms of optimising its UI and it is very light touch. The only real criticism of the Xperia Z is Camera noise and the viewing angles of the display, which seemingly is not an issue for most. By comparison, I have just gotten rid of my S4 as I found it laggy not due to android but due to unnecessary Samsung bloatware which was next to useless in practical terms and I had to disable pretty much all of it.

20. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

I think he might be just talking about the Xperia ZU, but who knows.

22. habeebs

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

Sony use TFT Display cause its required for a waterproof phones !! , i think they are gonna do it better this time , with a better TFT display . but anw xperia z display is great , i dnt see any problem with it , just a little bit with viewing angles !! , but whats the problem if u use for personal use and always looks at it straightly ... stunning colors !!

23. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Whoa..this guy is still alive...he should be a long time forgotten as he's the biggest thieve in the industry involed even in espionage. That kind of leaks are harmful to every single OEM.

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