Sony Honami, Xperia Z1

Could Sony release a 4.3-inch handset with a Snapdragon 800 CPU and 20-megapixel camera?

Sony's continuing to tweet out crafty close-up pictures of its upcoming "Xperia Z1" (or "Honami") flagship handset, and today's focuses on one of the phone's most-hyped features — its purported 20-megapixel camera with Sony G Lens. Sure enough, that's exactly what we see above — there's even a big "G" printed next to the lens. Previous Twitter teasers have included a look at the phone's metal-framed design and hints that it will be water-resistant.

But while a new flagship with a five-plus-inch screen is all well and good, a more curious Sony rumor has started doing the rounds in recent days. A blurry-cam picture leaked onto XDA a few days back appeared to show a smaller version of the "Honami" next to a BlackBerry Q10, and now Japanese site Blog of Mobile claims to have a spec sheet for the phone, which it says goes by the codename "Itsuki."

According to the blog, Sony's smaller handset will feature a 4.3-inch 720p display and the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 20-megapixel camera used in the "Honami." Other specs reportedly include LTE connectivity, Wifi a/b/g/n/ac support and a 2400mAh battery. In Japan, the blog says, it'll be coming to NTT Docomo in the fourth quarter.

If accurate, this would be the smallest Snapdragon 800 phone yet, and an indication that super-fast Android smartphones don't necessarily have to sport oversized screens. We'll be watching with interest as Sony prepares to show its next line-up of Android products on Sept. 4 in Berlin, Germany.

Source: Twitter, XDA, Blog of Mobile (Japanese); via: PhoneArena