Xperia i1

First leaked image allegedly shows upcoming 20-megapixel Sony 'cameraphone'

We've heard a good deal about the Sony "Honami" already — an upcoming camera-centric Sony smartphone said to pack a 20-megapixel Cyber-Shot camera and re-vamped camera software. The name "Xperia i1" has also been thrown around in reference to the device, which sources have told us is due to make an appearance sometime in Q3.

Today we could be getting our first look at the "Honami" — or Xperia i1 — courtesy of Brazilian site Techtudo. The outlet has snapped a couple of images of what it says is the Xperia i1, complete with 20-megapixel rear camera.  The hardware shown seems to employ Sony's "Omnibalance" design language — note the trademark trim design and rounded power button — while not matching any Sony phones we're familiar with.

For scale, the phone in question is shown alongside the Xperia ZQ (the Brazilian name for the Xperia ZL) and the recently-announced Xperia Z Ultra. Given the relative sizes of those phones — the ZL/ZQ is a 5-inch model, the Z Ultra a 6.44-incher — we're likely looking at a five-point-something-inch screen on the new device. Techtudo said the hardware they handled was non-final, but had an "impressive quality" camera, and a thin, glass-backed design. The device was running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, "with no crashes" the site added.

With the recent announcement of the Xperia Z Ultra, and the Xperia i1 possibly looming on the horizon, we could be seeing a more adventurous Sony Mobile product line-up as we enter the second half of 2013. Anyone tempted by a 20-megapixel smartphone camera? Shout out in the comments!

Soure: Techtudo; Thanks, Allan!


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Like seeing Sony pump out nice devices. I don't care so much about a 20mp camera unless its low light performance is on par with Nokia or HTCs Ultra Pixel.

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This is exactly what I want. I've been saying for a weeks that I wanted a Sony Android phone with a screen size at or around 5.5 inches. On top of that, it looks to have an LED flash, unlike the Z Ultra. Please come to the US by time my contract is up in November.

Sadly it probably won't. The US hardly ever gets any of Sony's sexy, beastly, waterproofy, goodness. It's sad.

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The Z Ultra passed through the FCC though with some more US friendly bands. So it could be happening for this new round of devices.

Hope the i1 has pen support like the ZU.

It's nice to see Sony finally living up to their potential, I think most of us has always known they were capable of great things if they just tried.

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Megapixels aren't everything, and Sony will have to up the other specs of the camera (sensor size, apature, etc) for all those megapixels to be worth anything. That being said, Sony has a track record of putting very good cameras in their smartphones, so I'm intrigued.

My XperiaZL is about 11 weeks old, but, I will buy this new phone, just because I want a bigger screen, if the new device's bezel is as slim proportionally to the screen as the ZL's bezel if the following changes/improvements have been made:

- IR output move to top of the phone, near headphone jack.
- Walkman software updated to allow for folder views on local storage, and playlist creation/edition/deletion.
- Use of Gorilla glass instead of an "anti shatter film".

I love My ZL, but these 3 issues do need to be addressed if they want a flying chance.

5 megapixels, 10, 20, 50, 100... meaningless. It is still a tiny little lens and a tiny little sensor.