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Rumor: Sony Honami to be announced in Paris on July 4

The Sony Honami is now rumored to be announced in Paris on July 4. Read on for more details!
June 28, 2013
Sony Xperia

Hours after a second set of images allegedly showing the Sony Honami (Xperia i1) have hit the web, a publication claims that the phone will be unveiled in Paris, on July 4, during a special media event.

We wondered the other day whether the Honami could be unveiled at Sony’s next confirmed event and it looks like we were not that far off.

Rbmen says that the device in the teaser image released for the Paris event (image below) is actually the Sony Honami, not the Xperia Z Ultra, as it was believed before. As you can see, the teaser image shows a device that apparently features a dedicated camera button and a lanyard hole towards the lower right side of the handset, design elements that we have noticed in the most recent set of leaked photos.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra press invite
Invitation for Sony Paris media event set to take place on July 4.

Apparently Sony is interested in launching both the Xperia Z Ultra and the Honami simultaneously, although each device will have its own announcement event – that is if Google’s translation of the original article written in Japanese is to be believed.

The Honami’s specs are again rumored to include a 5-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080) resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 20-megapixel camera, 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera, non-removable battery and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean under the hood. Just like other recent Android handsets from Sony, the handset will be dust proof and water resistant.

Sony Honami Xperia i1 black leak
Design of right side of the handset, as shown in this alleged photo of the Honami, is similar to the device shown in the invitation for the Paris-based, July 4 media event.

Actual release dates for this flagship product are not available yet, but the handset is said to be launched by NTT DoCoMo in Japan.

That said, we’ll remind you that this is just a rumor at this point, which is yet to be confirmed, so take it with a grain of salt.