Has Sony hinted at a 4-inch Honami “Mini”?

by: Robert TriggsAugust 19, 2013

Sony i1 Honami (2)

We’re still waiting for the official unveiling of Sony’s new flagship Honami handset, but Kurozumi Yoshiro, a member of Sony’s board of directors involved in the planning of Xperia devices, may have already hinted at what the company has planned for the extended Honami range.

Speaking to a Japanese publication on Monday, Yoshiro talked about Sony’s visions for and understanding of the smartphone market, specifically mentioning that the company was finding it impossible to meet the demands of every user with its devices.

Despite the recent launch of the larger 6.4 inch Xperia Z Ultra, Yoshiro stated that Sony will instead be focusing its attention on 4 and 5 inch smartphones and 10 inch tablets in the future, which is supposedly where the highest demand for its products are. So considering that the Honami / i1 is rumored to be Sony’s next 5 inch device, there’s a good chance that the company could launch a smaller 4-inch variant too, aka the Honami mini.

There’s also the possibility that we could see a successor to the 10 inch Xperia Tablet Z, which proved to be a good performer for Sony. Of course, this is just based on one comment, so it’s not an official Sony roadmap, yet. And even if these device sizes turn out to be true, there’s no indication as to when we’ll see a new 4 inch smartphone from Sony.

We’ll have to wait and see what Sony has to show off on the 4th of September, but I for one would like so see a powerful mini handset from Sony in the future.

  • MasterMuffin

    Sony deserves to get the next Nexus 10, Xperia Z tablet was pretty good performer (according to reviewers) and well, sexy!

    • ProudToBePinoy

      or a nexus 4 :)

      • MasterMuffin

        You mean Nexus 5? :)

        • ProudToBePinoy

          yah, but i prefer a nexus 4 like what they did to nexus 7 :)

          • MasterMuffin

            Nexus 4 v2! I’d be fine with that if they’ll just change the glass back to something else. Aluminium would be nice, I’d see what all the fuss is about

          • ProudToBePinoy

            or like a back of the Moto X

          • MasterMuffin

            Anything but glass, I’d like to keep my next phone without a case to see the beaty fully everyday :)

          • ProudToBePinoy

            to be honest i’m a sony fanboy, samsung is great but i just love sony.. sony should come out with a 32gig storage

          • MasterMuffin

            And Nexus phones should come with 32Gb of storage too because of the nonexistent sd card slot

  • Prakash

    4 inch flagship would be awesome !!! i mean awesomest…

  • lil bit

    “Yoshiro stated that Sony will instead be focusing its attention on 4 and 5 inch smartphones and 10 inch tablets in the future”

    He is full of it. Z ULTRA would have been a great success if they didn’t cripple it so badly. Same cam as Z, led flash and slightly bigger battery would have made it irresistible, the ultimate in big screen. I had a chance to try the Galaxy Mega 6.3, amazing display size, I predict success, it’s more than a niche product, and it’s sad that Sony is not willing to compete in this segment.

    There’s no denying that Sony is eccentric in many ways and it’s hurting the sales.

    4 inch flagship is welcome but it must not be weird in any way. I would consider one for secondary phone to replace an Xperia U, but for a secondary phone there is an obvious problem if price is very high. 4 inch primary phone is out of the question for me.

    • The Z Ultra still packs a punch though. If they’d have made it much thicker then it would be difficult to handle due to the straight lines.

      I do agree that ditching flash was a bad idea. But they’re aiming it as a media consumption/productivity phone.

      I’m deffo gunna get one!

  • ProudToBePinoy

    how about having a mini of xperia z ultra? about having a 5.5 inches :) that would be nice…