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More alleged Sony Honami (Xperia i1) photos appear, seem to confirm previous leak

A new set of photos reportedly showing the Sony Honami (Xperia i1) has hit the web, apparently confirming the previous leak. Check out the images in the rest of the post!
June 27, 2013
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After seeing a rumored image of the Sony Honami the other day – the company’s rumored next flagship device – a new set of photos has surfaced reportedly showing the handset and apparently confirming the previous leak.

Sony Honami Xperia i1 black leak

While the previous leak showed us the back of a white handset, said to be the Honami – and which appeared to be bigger than the Xperia Z but smaller than the Xperia Z Ultra (image below) – the new set of photos feature a black handset from various angles.

Of the six images (see gallery below), one is of particular importance, as it shows a back side of the device that’s identical to the one seen in the previous leak. It also indicates that the back case of the device will not made of glass but of metal, most likely aluminum.

Sony Honami Xperia i1 white leak
Previous image showing a white Sony Honami (Xperia i1) in between the Xperia Z Ultra (left) and Xperia Z (right) | Image credit: Techtudo

From the looks of it, we’re looking at a thin device that could feature a small bezel, although that’s hard to tell from the available angles, considering that the display is turned off.

In addition to the rear camera flash and IR blaster, we can also spot the front speaker, the headset jack, the microSD slot, the by-now-iconic on/off switch on the right side of the device, what looks like a dedicated camera button and a lanyard hole (also on the right side of the device), but also what look like dock pins on the left side of the handset.

That said, we have no idea when the Honami will be unveiled, but we do know that Sony will have another media event in a few days, on July 4, in Paris. We’ll just have to wait and see whether the new handset become official on that date, or whether the Paris media event will be dedicated to the Xperia Z Ultra, as previously rumored.

And just to keep you on your toes, we’ll remind you that some rumors say an Xperia Z refresh is also in the works. Could these images show that rumored Xperia Z refresh? We’re only asking because the Honami is rumored to have some advanced camera features, and the rear camera of this particular device doesn’t seem to qualify.