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.
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?