Sony Honami will be allegedly called the Sony i1, could arrive in the U.S. alongside the Togari this fall

May 7, 2013
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While Sony has had its share of problems in the past, they have done a lot to change their reputation as of late. Not only is Sony’s current Xperia Z flagship an absolute head-turner, the company has also become very supportive of the developer community. Sony seems to be on the verge of a major comeback in the mobile market, and the Xperia Z is hopefully just the beginning.

So what’s next for Sony? Rumors continue to circulate suggesting that Sony is preparing two new flagship handsets, the Togari and Honami.

Now we have new information claiming the devices will debut in the United States this fall, with the later of the handsets arriving under the name “Sony i1”. Furthermore, the phones will not be tied to any carrier, and will instead be sold unlocked without contract.

How believable is this newest claim? Considering the Sony Xperia Z is only sold in the United States directly from Sony or a retail partner (and not through a carrier), the rumor doesn’t seem too far-fetched. We really can’t say one way or another about the name “Sony i1″, though. On the other hand, these new claims originate from a forum post, which means they could be easily faked.

In fact, everything we know about the Honami and Togari come from rumors and speculation, and therefore should be taken with a grain of salt.

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What do the Sony i1 (Honami) and Togari bring to the table?

As previously reported, the Togari is supposedly Sony’s upcoming 6.44-inch Full HD offering. Not too many other details are known about the large-screen smartphone, as most of the attention seems to be focused on the Honami, aka the Sony i1.

The Honami is said to be the first in a new line of “One Sony” devices, a premium line dedicated to bringing all the best features that Sony has to offer. Most of the technology seems centered around the phone’s camera, which is expected to feature a stacked Exmor RS sensor and a Xenon and/or dual LED flash that is allegedly much brighter than typically found on a smartphone.

Outside of the (16 or 20MP) camera, the Sony Honami will pack a full HD 5-inch display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330 graphics, 2GB RAM, microSD, IP58 certification and a 3000 mAh battery. The phone certainly won’t be the thinnest out there, though. Due to the camera features adding a bit more chunk to the design, the Honami is expected to be about 10mm thick.

What do you think of the rumored Sony i1 (Honami) and Togari? Do you find the specs believable, or are not?

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashad.mamood Ashad Mamood

    This could be amazing!

  • Roberto Tomás

    this is basically a 7″ tablet … wonder what it will cost off contract.. and if it will have a nice thin-film or oled display.

    • Ivan Budiutama

      it is called triluminos

  • klm

    Perfect, in love Sony. I’m waiting for this

  • fcleff

    I love the fact that the phone is not tied to any carrier. I hate contracts. I always buy phones at full purchase price. I hope put on the same radio frequencies like the Xperia ZL. T-Mobile and AT&T friendly out of the box. 2G/3G/4G compatible right away. I’m very excited for this Snapdragon 800 beast!

    • fcleff

      I hope Sony*

  • Steve

    Sony has some great tech behind it. Would be great to see the company get back on its feet and release some nice devices. Sony definitely has the potential and ability to take on Samsung.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jumbo3220 Sanjaya Kanishka

    Thanks Android Authority for posting my Concept render in your article :)

  • Ivan Budiutama

    Is anyone know how the new screen: Triluminos used in Honami vs battery life? Xperia Z, while great phone, but really TFT is extremely power hungry thus even with their so-called stamina mode, it really does not help much, with android becomes more dominant. most of the times people will do heavy use on the phone even on their daily activity. C’mon Sony, think about battery life.

    left to right with power use
    TFT>IPS LCD>AMOLED
    (CMIIW)

    • Mr. T

      both TFT and IPS are LCD types!!! that comment is obviously misleading

      • Ivan Budiutama

        http://www.nairaland.com/836519/10-types-smartphone-displays-touchscreens

        need some confirmation though, but yes, sorry to say, I already tried TFT (Sony Xperia U), AMOLED (Galaxy Nexus) and under similar use. AMOLED prevail by a large gap in spite of their larger display. After doing some research, I finally come to a conclusion the screen display type (or LCD types if you prefer) effects a lot on battery life.

  • nik r

    I’m waiting for this phone

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexandr-Arutynov/100001677186715 Alexandr Arutynov

    20mpx Godzilla! Honami should be the beginning of the revival of Sony cameraphones

  • http://www.facebook.com/tarug0 Bruno Rosa

    Too good to be true.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Deutsch11492Diego Diego Alejandro

    Should I buy the Xperia Z or wait to see if all this rumors are true?

  • BigReed56

    I would love this Honami I1 phone, sounds like a dream. I’d need it on a carrier though, unlocked is too pricey without the providers subsides. At&t or Verizon should carry this if its real