Leaked Sony Xperia i1 Honami photos show slim design, camera app features

by: Kyle WiggersJuly 26, 2013

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If rumors are to be believed, Sony’s next flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia i1 Honami, will include a number of hardware features to help differentiate it from the competition. Reportedly, one feature is a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera with better-than-average low-light performance. The other, as can be seen by leaked images of the device, is a slim, monochromatic profile that places display first and foremost. Compared to the Xperia Z (left), the Honami is, in my opinion, an aesthetic improvement in a subtle but welcome way.

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Pictures of the Honami’s camera app interface also leaked, and it isn’t difficult to tell that, like Samsung, Sony intends to pack as many functions as possible into its shooter software. Though we’ll probably hear the company tout the benefits of toggles like “Superior auto” and “AR effect,” you can be sure that some features will prove wildly less practical than others. I mean, taking pictures with virtual scenes and characters sounds neat, but could you see yourself doing it regularly?

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Of course, questionable software choices don’t take away from excellent hardware. At last check, the Honami’s reported internals were quite impressive: a 2.2 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, the standard wireless accutrements (WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth), and a particularly impressive 3,000mAh battery. Even if the Honami fails to deliver on the UI overlay front, the phone’s raw performance shouldn’t disappoint.

We don’t know when or on what carriers Sony plans to launch the Xperia i1 Honami, but you can be sure it’ll see some kind of stateside release in the near future. Until then, stay tuned.

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  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    Looks very nice.

  • Yama

    i just woke early up in the morning to say first, but someone commented 3 minutes before me-.-

    • MasterMuffin

      And for that we should all thank him! Was it Vardan Nazaretyan? Of course it was, based on the time he commented. A big like for him!

      • Yama

        you souldnt just thank me for being first, you shoudl worship me and i like how people disliked my comment xD

        • MasterMuffin

          Actually, if you read my comment again you’ll see that I’m thanking Vardan Nazaretyan :)

          Everyone hates first comments (not me, though I still disliked your comment :P)

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            They hate first comments, or they hate comments saying “first”? :)

          • MasterMuffin

            Oops, better?

          • Vardan Nazaretyan


      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        Thank you!

  • Jaun Lombard

    “Sony’s next flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia i1 Honami, will include a
    number of hardware features to help differentiate it from the

    Okay where is that hardware…I only see the camera that will be different. When did the Xperia Z came out, because I thought that was the Top model for Sony…if I were a Xperia Z owner I will be angry because they are replacing the phone too fast! It looks good though!

    • Marsg

      The xperia z was anounced back in like January, the honami still hasn’t been released, by the time the Honami is released, it will be nearly a year

    • K.

      I understand what you mean but Sony (and other Japanese manufacturers) follow the trend in the Japanese market. I recently read an article explaining that the smartphone market in Japan is like fashion, there are two collections per year. And since the xperia z has released in February over there, a new model should be released in September. In June, NTT Docomo’s (Japanese carrier) representative Mai Kariya decalered that “It’s time for a new model”. The xperia Z in Japan will only be in the market while supplies last. You can find this info here (http://japandailypress.com/mobile-carriers-demands-for-new-smartphones-hurts-sonys-xperia-z-2731321) if you want to read the whole article.

      Back to the pictures. I cannot see a dedicated camera button. Can someone please tell me if this is correct?

      • kj

        I can see it in the bottom pic. :)

        • kj

          Sorry, Pics with screen off. :)

  • zk

    too big bezels, ZL looks much better (on front view, back – is worse)

  • DrCarpy

    My worry is Sony and updates. As a Sony Tablet owner, I find them lacking. A good looking phone has zero value if buggy, defective software is all that is provided. I know someone will say to root, but that voids warranty. There are certain things a manufacturer is responsible to provide. Stable working version of the software is paramount to the average user.

  • Munish Sikka

    Atleast we all should encouarge SONY, they are giving new tech every time high end phone is launched. In every way, like looks, hardware, screen, size.

    Now in Samsung S3 and S4. Whats the difference……….both looks like same.

    Moreover, Glass finish back, Dust and water proof, Triluminious Technology, X-Reality, etc. All are very good feature.

    Back to Honami, 20MP Cyber Shot will do a magic.

    I love SONY………as a brand with innovations………give some time…….they will give the market……….masterpieces……….as they already given like W800 etc.

  • Mastermind

    I really really have high hopes for this phone – but I hope the final product is nothing like the leaked photos.. The bezel is dat dere way too big. :<