Rumor: Compact Sony Honami “Mini” flagship in the works, to take on the iPhone 5S

July 13, 2013
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Sony is rumored to be working on a smaller Honami handset – a flagship Honami Mini version – that would take on the iPhone 5S this fall.

Obviously, the “Honami Mini” is not going to be the official name of the product. It’s just a placeholder name used to describe this particular rumored handset.

Sony is expected to unveil the next flagship smartphone on September 4 at IFA 2013 in Berlin. The Honami is said to be a high-end device that will feature high-end camera technology, and was recently rumored to be unveiled at a July 4 media event in Paris, but that didn’t happen.

More interestingly, a new VR-Zone report says that the Honami Mini will be the kind of small smartphone that many Android users could be waiting for – a compact handset that will come with high-end hardware, and not just another “Mini”-branded mid-range device like, say, the Galaxy S4 mini.

The Honami Mini would compete directly against the iPhone 5S – that’s the unconfirmed name used to refer to the next-gen iPhone that will hit stores this fall – but also against other Mini handsets. The iPhone 5S is expected to have a 4-inch display, just like its predecessor, as Apple is not going to move to bigger handset displays this year – or at least that’s what most rumors say.

According to the publication, the handset would pack a display with a screen size of 4- to 4.3-inch and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The camera of the Honami Mini may not be exactly on par with the Honami’s, but its performance is said to be “really close.”

We’ll point out that this is just a rumor at this point, and while it makes plenty of sense, we’ll still have to wait for Sony to make everything official.

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