Sony Xperia

Hours after a second set of images allegedly showing the Sony Honami (Xperia i1) have hit the web, a publication claims that the phone will be unveiled in Paris, on July 4, during a special media event.

We wondered the other day whether the Honami could be unveiled at Sony’s next confirmed event and it looks like we were not that far off.

Rbmen says that the device in the teaser image released for the Paris event (image below) is actually the Sony Honami, not the Xperia Z Ultra, as it was believed before. As you can see, the teaser image shows a device that apparently features a dedicated camera button and a lanyard hole towards the lower right side of the handset, design elements that we have noticed in the most recent set of leaked photos.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra press invite

Invitation for Sony Paris media event set to take place on July 4.

Apparently Sony is interested in launching both the Xperia Z Ultra and the Honami simultaneously, although each device will have its own announcement event – that is if Google’s translation of the original article written in Japanese is to be believed.

The Honami’s specs are again rumored to include a 5-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080) resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 20-megapixel camera, 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera, non-removable battery and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean under the hood. Just like other recent Android handsets from Sony, the handset will be dust proof and water resistant.

Sony Honami Xperia i1 black leak

Design of right side of the handset, as shown in this alleged photo of the Honami, is similar to the device shown in the invitation for the Paris-based, July 4 media event.

Actual release dates for this flagship product are not available yet, but the handset is said to be launched by NTT DoCoMo in Japan.

That said, we’ll remind you that this is just a rumor at this point, which is yet to be confirmed, so take it with a grain of salt.

  • King-Podigy-X

    YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!

  • Dusan

    My body is ready. If specs turn out to be true.

  • Zeke

    I want it! So bad!

  • Stefan Constantinescu

    No. Look at the headphone jack. It’s the Z Ultra.

    Come on, Chris, you should have spotted that.

  • shone

    So its not nexus 5 as we have hoped…

    • Lil bit

      Thanx God it’s not.

  • shone


  • rodpe

    Nice, but i want a battery phone sony, not a camera phone….

  • Ryan Castle

    If this has a Triluminos display like the Ultra and a flash (unlike the Ultra, surprisingly) I’ll buy it in a heartbeat.

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  • Vito Lee

    Any chance of sapphire glass for the screen? XD But seriously what happened to the news on sapphire glass. I mean Gorilla Glass 3 is good, but the only device that I know that has it is the SGS4.

  • Bas

    Google Play Edition? :-)

  • poop

    Sorry, Sony, but I for one will not leave removable batteries behind (I’m already parting with my last phone, one that has a physical QWERTY keyboard *and* removable batteries). If removable battery is thrown into the mix, maybe I’ll look more into this. What’s the battery like on the Honami btw?