More alleged Sony Honami (Xperia i1) photos appear, seem to confirm previous leak

by: Chris SmithJune 27, 2013

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After seeing a rumored image of the Sony Honami the other day – the company’s rumored next flagship device – a new set of photos has surfaced reportedly showing the handset and apparently confirming the previous leak.

Sony Honami Xperia i1 black leak

While the previous leak showed us the back of a white handset, said to be the Honami – and which appeared to be bigger than the Xperia Z but smaller than the Xperia Z Ultra (image below) – the new set of photos feature a black handset from various angles.

Of the six images (see gallery below), one is of particular importance, as it shows a back side of the device that’s identical to the one seen in the previous leak. It also indicates that the back case of the device will not made of glass but of metal, most likely aluminum.

Sony Honami Xperia i1 white leak

Previous image showing a white Sony Honami (Xperia i1) in between the Xperia Z Ultra (left) and Xperia Z (right) | Image credit: Techtudo

From the looks of it, we’re looking at a thin device that could feature a small bezel, although that’s hard to tell from the available angles, considering that the display is turned off.

In addition to the rear camera flash and IR blaster, we can also spot the front speaker, the headset jack, the microSD slot, the by-now-iconic on/off switch on the right side of the device, what looks like a dedicated camera button and a lanyard hole (also on the right side of the device), but also what look like dock pins on the left side of the handset.

That said, we have no idea when the Honami will be unveiled, but we do know that Sony will have another media event in a few days, on July 4, in Paris. We’ll just have to wait and see whether the new handset become official on that date, or whether the Paris media event will be dedicated to the Xperia Z Ultra, as previously rumored.

And just to keep you on your toes, we’ll remind you that some rumors say an Xperia Z refresh is also in the works. Could these images show that rumored Xperia Z refresh? We’re only asking because the Honami is rumored to have some advanced camera features, and the rear camera of this particular device doesn’t seem to qualify.

  • Rosnal

    nexus 5 coming soon

  • Ben Edwards

    Keeping in mind that’s the Xperia ZL, not the Z, the “Honami” doesn’t look too much bigger than the normal Z, based on this:

  • spade

    Not sure this is honami or Xperia Z upgrade version, whatever it is hopes there’s no glass on back.

  • jumbo3220

    Techtudo team confirmed the camera is 20 MP but the image sensor is not big as expected. LED flash is useless for a good camera like this.have a doubt how it will compete with Lumia 1020 and others. i still don’t wanna believe its Honami :/

    • spade

      Make.believe :D

    • MasterMuffin

      41 mp camera, nothing can compete with that :D

  • lollicup04

    In the picture it looks like there will be a illuminated home button with two capacitive buttons which is good. I have always preferred physical buttons over virtual buttons. This way there is more screen real estate. As for the camera It might not look the part for a 20mp snapper but who knows it maybe one. I do however think that this is just a upgraded version of the current Xperia Z. Pretty much a Xperia Z Plus. But who knows I might be wrong. I think that Sony will announce the Sony Honami around September

    • OMGgary

      Ermahgerd!! What are you thinking!
      Look at the position of the power button relative to your “illuminated home button”. Sony put the power button on the right side in recent models, which means that your “home button” is above the top of the screen. Does that sound right to you? Or perhaps that’s not a home button, but the earpiece instead, which is good because physical buttons make a phone look dated, like something running Gingerbread or Froyo.

      Do you truly, seriously believe that somebody made a dummy case so elaborate that it contains a fake camera, fake flash and fake speaker (…and this fake case has now even been shown in two different colours)? LMFAO

  • alex

    A superphone? What made this a superhone? I As far as I can see it can only beat the S4 (and its siblings) by its processor. Where were those INTERCHANGEABLE LENSES, X MASTER AMPLIFIER AND MANY MORE? TOO DISAPOINTING.