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


Reader comments

Sony teases 'Honami' flagship device again, miniature 'Itsuki' rumors gather pace


And we have a contender for best Mini between this and the One Mini, Samsung SGS5 Mini had better step it up, not that I care.

Those that have been asking for 4-4.3" phones that are not under powered should be thrilled

I'm one of these... I'd love to get a high end Android which I can reach the whole screen with my thumb.

Although I love a big screen, I prefer something that I can use confortably with one hand.

Maybe, I haven't exactly compared them but I know these and the One specs are a damn sight better than the SGS mini

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Sorry but the best mini phone is the xperia zr the mini to the xperia z it has everything the z has except the front facing cam is vga,8 gigs internal and a smaller but removable battery.

Sounds good so far. I held an Xperia Z recently and was impressed with the design and screen brightness, it was nothing like the pictures.

Well you should have tipped us earlier. One other Android blog leaked it on the 19th and everyone else in the last 24 hours. You must be a wizard, or The Doctor.

If the Honami mini thing is true, then I'm all on that. The thing I loved about my Xperia S was the smaller 720p screen, as it was much more manageable with one hand still. I'm fine with the Nexus 4 screen, but I don't want any bigger, and would be happier going smaller again. If I want bigger then I want Nexus 7 bigger, but I would hate to have that for a phone.

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Awesome. I'm looking forward to replacing my SGSIII with a smaller phone that has better specs. And I prefer Sony phones, but I'm on Verizon so right now my "It" phone is the DROID Mini. Hopefully in a few months there will be even more choices, because choice is good. :-)

I'm excited for the 4th! I feel like Sony has the announcement I have been waiting for.

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Oh no, now I think I want this instead of the Moto X. So much waiting already! I just want a compact small phone with decent specs.

Then the Moto X is what you want. This has killer specs ; ) That said, it's not all about specs, but they don't hurt.

My definition of decent specs + small is a combination of the absolute smallest I can get with at minimum a dual core processor, 1 gb of ram, and a 5 megapixel camera with flash.

I can't wait for this. I've wanted a high end mini device.

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If this has AT&T LTE bands, I'm all over it like a fly on shit! I haven't had a phone that felt good in my hand since my Atrix FauxG and Nexus S! I'm so excited! Finally a smaller phone with great specs.