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Sony teases 'Honami' photo ability and a 'Honami Mini' is spotted

by Mark Tyson on 26 August 2013, 14:30

Tags: Sony (NYSE:SNE), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), PC

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Sony is teasing the reveal of an  upcoming smartphone, codenamed 'Honami', but which may actually be released as part of the Xperia range with a letter/digit name such as Z1 or i1. The teaser we get of this new handset is focussed upon the back of the smartphone, featuring the main camera lens in particular. In related news a leaked photo of a smartphone purported to be of the 'Honami Mini' has surfaced this weekend. This demonstrates the strong trend of a big/mini flagship handset release strategy in the Android market. If rumours are correct though, Sony hasn't trimmed much but the screen size and battery capacity to make its mini.

Sony's new 'Honami' teaser is headlined "Have we captured your attention yet...? #bestofSony". Captured is an obvious reference to photography and we can see in the photo above the large Sony 'G' lens with a flash unit beneath it. The camera assembly sits near a corner of the handset. This is the first time Sony has teased this aspect of the 'Honami'. High quality imaging is supposed to be one of the main selling points of the phone when it becomes available.

Hardware specification leak:

  • Display - 5-inches, full-HD, TRILUMINOUS display with X-Reality technology
  • Processor - Snapdragon 800 quad-core at 2.2GHz
  • Cameras - 20.7 megapixel using ExmorRS sensor, G-Lens and Bionz processing, 2 megapixel front camera
  • RAM - 2GB
  • Storage - 16GB built-in plus micro-SD card slot
  • Connectivity - 4G/LTE, NFC, MHL for HDMI output through micro-USB, IPX5/7, and Wi-Fi  and Miracast.
  • Battery - 3,000mAh
  • OS - Android Jelly Bean

HTC's and Samsung's mini device launches have lagged their big brothers by some time but we have already seen a 'Honami' mini, so it seems. Slashgear published a picture of the new mini Sony handset next to a BlackBerry device of known dimensions so it was  easy to calculate how mini the 'Honami mini' will be. Based on these pixel to mm measurements the new Sony mini phone will be about 58mm wide and 110mm tall.

Honami mini side by side with a BlackBerry

Despite the 'Honami Mini's stature, looking at the early rumours of its spec it seems like the internals haven't been scaled back as much as the minis made by rivals HTC and Samsung. The early spec rumours say Sony's smaller Honami also sports a Snapdragon 800 quad-core, 2GB of RAM and 20.7 megapixel camera but is only shrunk in spec with respect to the display, down to 4.3-inches, and the battery, down to 2,400mAh. That might be a good move as many people previously voiced disappointment with HTC's and Samsung's mini-flagship specifications when they were announced.

The IFA show in Berlin in early September is looking to be an exciting event for smartphone fans and a few days after that event kicks off we are expecting to see Apple's latest new iPhones revealed with gold, plastic and gun-metal finishes.

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Maybe we're finally going to start seeing some smaller premium phones?

There's an interesting article on that subject here: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/08/the-smallest-new-android-phone-you-can-buy-isnt-small-at-all/

About the only ‘small’ premium phone you can buy is the iPhone. Smaller Android devices tend to be drastically cut-back versions, with little in-between. I mean I could understand if the ‘mini’ versions had a smaller but similar quality screen, smaller battery because of limited space etc, but instead the specs are cut right back to almost what you'd expect on a budget model, only you're not paying a budget price.
Since when was 4.3" screen phone a ‘mini’ it's the same size as my 18 month old xperia s, which for it's time had a large screen!
20MP camera, you have to be joking the 12 on the S is barely a match for a 10 year old 2mp compact, let alone my 10mp ixus which blows it out of the water in all but video recording.
Bare in mind with Sony, they include the standard button row in the screen and don't use stupid capacitive buttons as an addition so the phones generally have more real estate for their size.
I have an Xperia SP and it's much more usable than the one x I came from.
Is it just me or does the pic with the three phones (like the blue!) show a more rounded Xperia than is currently the case? If so, then it'll find favour with me - the current ones are just too angular for my taste.

Very much like the uSD slot, leaving only the usual Xperia question … will the software support be up to expectations?
Just measured my Galaxy Ace and it's essentially the same size as the measurements given for that phone! Impressive, considering the Ace is a fairly compact, 3.5" display phone!

@keithwalton: It's actually smaller than the Xperia S too, presumably with less border space and/or different aspect ratio screen.