Alleged Sony Honami Mini codename leaked, along with blurry image

by: Ankit BanerjeeAugust 26, 2013


Rumors about the Sony Honami Mini first appeared last month, further helped along by a statement made by a member of the Sony board of directors, which indicated the possibility of a flagship-like device with a smaller form factor to allegedly take on the upcoming iPhone. That being said, it’s been very quiet with regards to a possible Honami Mini, until a couple of rumors appeared in as many days.

A new XDA member, XLeaky, has posted a (blurry) image of a Sony device which could be the  Mini version of the company’s latest flagship, with the caption, “You didn’t see this from me… but 4th of Sep is gonna be exciting! Thats all I’m saying!”

sony honami mini leak

Appearing next to the Blackberry Q10 gives us a good indication of the size of the device, but if you’re looking for specifics, Senior XDA member vivftp is here to help.

sony honami mini size

The statement alleging an IFA 2013 release, and the dimensions of the device mean the the Honami Mini could feature a display size as small as 4-inch, which brings into question the second rumor.

A new rumor suggests that the Honami Mini, internally codenamed Itsuki, is in fact in the works for a Q4 launch, and, as earlier rumored, will feature high end specs, such as –

  • 2.3 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 4.3-inch display with 720p resolution
  • 2GB RAM
  • 20.7 MP Sony G Lens camera
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 2,400 mAh battery

First, I have to mention that it’s great to see at least one OEM move away from the “accepted” standard of mid-size means mid-range specs. But, if the rumored specs are true, it has to be said that the image of the device above is quite small to house a 4.3-inch display.

As is the case with any such leaks, take it with a grain a salt. Apart from the leaked image above, there is no other information on whether the device is the Sony Honami Mini, or whether the device will in fact be featured during IFA 2013. We generally have a very good idea about what to expect a week or two before the launch of a device, and unless Sony has done an amazing job of keeping the Honami Mini under wraps, the fact that a leaked image has appeared ten days before launch with no other information is certainly questionable.

What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to a high-end device in a 4-inch form factor? Do you think the Sony Honami Mini is going to show up at next week’s event? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Peter Streinu

    4.3 inch display is to small.

    • Afnan Muhammad

      Then get 5 inch ver. This one is for those who want small smartphone with flagship spec

      • Ivan Budiutama

        I guess the specs are still a rumor. I mean, if they can fit the exact same spec with big honami into small honami. It just logic that they make the bezel smaller. The fact that honami as a quite thick bezel in which many people in xperiablog seem bi**hing about it. It is quite save to assume, this will be the U for S in 2011. My speculation though.

    • kascollet

      Smartphones bigger than a shirt pocket are too large. How about that ?

  • Tay

    Are you sure about those specs? It seems as if someone has mixed up the rumored specs for the actual honami and the honami mini

  • Luka Mlinar

    There is now way there’s a Snapdragon 800 in there. Samsung is making mad cash on the S4 mini and Sony is not gonna pass that up to make a small profit. You can expect a 600 at most, a 1,5 GB RAM and a 13 MP shooter.
    Also why would any1 in their right mind put a 800 on a 4.3″ 720P display? It’s like pulling a reverse Dennis Woodside :/

    • Ivan Budiutama

      quite similar to my guess. My thought would be:

      CPU: quad-core Snapdragon S4 pro
      Camera: 8 MP
      Screen: 4.3″ with 720p
      RAM: 1 GB (I am not sure there is a 1.5 GB)
      Batt: 2200 mAH

      Probably not water proof

      • Luka Mlinar

        A lot of phones have 1.5GB of RAM. S4 mini for example.
        8 MP camera is kind of outdated even by “mini” standard. Not sure about the processor. The 600 would make it a mean contender in the “mini” market but the S4 pro or even 400 is just as likely.

  • Lee

    specs looks unreal won’t happen ! And BTW snap 800 is overkill for that small devise with 720 p display.600 will be ideal

  • ashish

    This is exactly the type of device i wanted. 20mp camera, snapdragon 800, 2 or 3 GB RAM. And 4.5″ screen. Battery at least 2500mah. It will killing and awesome

  • Ruz

    Its very interesting specs. High end mini phone is awesome.. super butter performance can be seen from a 720p at 4.3″. I wouldnt be surprised if all the benchmarks are broken by this device