Rumor: 6.44-inch Xperia Z-like (Togari) and 5-inch ‘One Sony’ (Honami) coming in H2 2013

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A new report indicates that Sony could launch two new flagship devices in the second half of the year, with the devices currently known as the Togari and Honami.

Naturally, this is just a rumor for now, so, as always in such cases, take everything that follows with a grain of salt.

The Togari is said to sport a Full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) 6.44-inch display and offer a design similar to the already launched Xperia Z. The handset (phablet if you will) would come with a very slim profile like the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z products and will feature a back made from glass.

The Togari would be available “at least” in white, and could ship as early as July in Sony’s home country, or right in time to take on the Galaxy Note 3. Or better said, right in time to beat the Galaxy Note 3 to market by a few months, Samsung’s upcoming high-end player in the big smartphone business – of course, assuming that this new rumor is accurate. Coincidentally, the Xperia Z was launched well ahead of the Galaxy S4.

The Honami is also an interesting proposition, at least according to this new set of rumors. The device is supposed to be a “One Sony” model, where “One Sony” stands for all the best tech Sony would have to offer.

The Honami would pack a 5-inch 1080p display, “dedicated Walkman audio chip” and a 16- or 20-megapixel CyberShot CMOS sensor with Carl Zeiss optics (Xenon flash and dual LED are also mentioned0. Even more interestingly, the Honami could pack a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 graphics, 2GB of RAM and 2700 to 3000mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL

Sony Xperia ZL and Sony Xperia Z

This unicorn device could also pack a “Triluminous display.” What’s that you ask? VR-Zone explains:

TRILUMINOS is Sony’s exclusive new technology that allows for far greater color tones and textures to be displayed on the screen. In simple terms you could think of TRILUMINOS as simply a bigger box of color pencils to draw an image on the screen. A conventional display only has a limited box of color pencils to draw an image, whereas a TRILUMINOS display has a bigger box of color pencils with more shades of Blue, Red and Green color pencils.

As a result a TRILUMINOS display can reproduce more natural colors thanks to the expanded color gamut and display various shades of colors closer to reality than a conventional display. A TRILUMINOS display can output true, natural shades of colours – like hard-to-reproduce reds, greens and blues. Faces look better, too, with rich, lifelike skin tones.

Like the Togari, the Honami would also be launched as early as July in China, and hit international markets later in August or September.

This collection of rumors comes via China, from a person that said on Baidu he’s a tester for Sony Xperia devices but also from local commerce site ePrice, while VR-Zone provided details on Sony’s supposed inclusion of the Triluminous display technology in future Xperia devices.

In other words, while these reports have certain elements in common, it’s too early to paint a clear picture for what the Togari and Honami, so don’t get too excited about these handsets just yet.

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