Sony Honami hits the FCC, launch date could be September 30

by: Chris SmithJuly 27, 2013

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The official FCC documentation for the Sony Honami can be accessed online, although parts of it are protected by a short-term confidentiality request that expires at the end of September, suggesting that may be the period when the handset will be released.

The protected items include the user manual, test setup photos, external photos and internal photos, and while September 30 date is clearly mentioned and we can interpret it as a potential launch date for the handset, that doesn’t necessarily mean the device will be available in stores staring with that date.

As the letter says, there’s always a possibility that the handset could be launched earlier, in which case the company will cancel the restriction.

The Sony Honami is hardly a secret anymore, as it has starred in its fair share of leaks and rumors. The FCC documents mention the “Honami” product code name quite a few times, although that’s not going to be its commercial name – the device is expected to launch as the Xperia i1.

Sony Honami FCC

The documentation also reveals that the device will come with Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 on board and will have LTE support for bands 2, 4, 5 and 7 in the U.S.

Rumored specs for the Honami include a 5-inch Full HD Triluminos display. 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 20.7-megapixel camera, 3000mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (at least at launch).

  • bob the builder

    this will be my next phone, upgrading from galaxy nexus. i love the specs and i want to have an amazing 1080p screen with 20mp camera!

  • MasterMuffin

    Mah birthday! Go Sony!! Maybe I should buy that Sony Vegas Pro just for support (not just use trials and free alternatives that are not as good). This comment had pretty much nothing to do with this article, YEAH! :D

  • Ruben

    Amazing specs just like I expected from Sony! I hope they will add a Google Edition as well, just like with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.

  • Ruben

    I’m waiting for a 10.1″ tablet to go with this phone. Maybe a 20MP front shooter, stereo front facing speakers, extremely high resolution, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, Snapdragon 800 / Tegra 4, extremely thin bezels, a transformer like keyboard docking station with a 10000mAh battery and some sort of ambilight notification ring around the whole side of the device. I’m willing to replace my current laptop for that and pay a high end laptop price (around €1800 – €2300)

    • Jean-Claude

      A 10.1″ table with a 20MP front shooter?
      4 Gigs of RAM in 2013?

      Dream on

      • Ruben

        The 4GB of RAM would be possible however I don’t see them making any 20MP front facers within this year… If so either Nokia or Oppo will be the one to do so.

  • spade

    Hope it come with OIS…..

  • noel

    Isn’t that like everyone’s dream phone!? .. Well it sure is mine! .. I’m gonna stick it out with my nexus 4 till this baby comes out .. Was gonna get the xperia Z,now that it just came to T-Mobile ..but nahh, I can wait .. The god phone is coming !!

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  • Jean-Claude

    Isn’t it ironic how Sony was the only one among popular android manufacturer who didn’t release a Quad-Core phone in 2012 and everyone said they’re late and now they have the best and most gorgeous looking phones on the planet?

  • lil bit

    I’m still worried that there will be something negative about this phone. The Z Ultra signals that Sony is falling back to their old eccentric ways, like in 2012, they just HAD to do at least one stupid thing with each model to kill peoples interest.

    There is a big chance that i1 will have TFT LCD display. Keep in mind that Zultra has a fairly low pixel density, they may not yet be able to manufacture Triluminous with smaller pixels. Think about it, why is the Zultra so extremely big? Maybe because that’s the smallest they are able to manufacture for now. Same as LG, they could not make full HD 5 inch ips displays and had to make the G Pro 5.5 inch instead.

    • Andre Winters

      Thanks for the heads up, I will keep an eye on that. The biggest problem with the Xperia Z was how washed out the screen looks when you’re not looking dead on. I was def looking forward to the trilluminous display to silence the critics

  • Andre Winters

    Im going to switch carriers just for this phone….the only question is, who has better 4g Speeds? AT & T or Tmobile? (GSM networks only)

  • kirk ngo

    Sony phones like like this will never show up in the US. which is a shame. This phone could easily be one of the best phone to get in the US. But sadly the US won’t get it.

  • Mastermind

    Looks like the dream phone specs-wise. But dat dere Bezel of peace… I’m not so sure..

  • tom cruising

    Oh my god. I have HTC One and will be upgrading to this. 20.7 MP are you kidding? The only practical difference is the water proof, but still gettin it just for that! The rest is extra