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Sony Honami to Be Called Sony i1; Hit US Unlocked This Fall

May 7, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

If there’s a company that are trying to carve a path for themselves right now, it’s Sony. After the Xperia Z and ZL, it seems that Sony are looking to capitalize on their imaging prowess and launch a smartphone that features some truly awesome photographic power. We’re heard rumors of a CyberShot smartphone before in the form of the Honami and now, it looks like more info about the device has surfaced.

Over at the Esato forums, there’s been some rumbling over just what the device’s specs might be, we’ll just let you run through them below:

  • 5 inch Full HD (XR5) Reality / Triluminos Display with X-Reality 
  • S800 + Adreno 330, clock unknown ( XR5) 
  • 2 GB RAM + 
  • 32gb with micro sd slot (XR5) 
  • 8/13/16.2 Mp camera, with BIONZ mobile (XR5) ..1/1.5″/1.1.6 ( XR5) exmor RS. All new image processing algorithim(XR5), G Lens (XR5), Xenon Flash/Dual Led/Plasma flash. 
  • Said to beat all Android cameras 
  • S Master Walkman mobile (XR5) 
  • Liquid Magnetic Mobile Speaker 
  • 3000 mAh battery +(XR5) 
  • Glass + Metal body with Carbon Fibre (XR5) 
  • Android 4.2.2/whatever the next version is 
  • IP58 certification 
  • New Revamped UI 

As you can see, there seems to be a little confusion over just what this latest Xperia is going to bring to the table but, one thing seems pretty clear right now, and that’s that this upcoming smartphone will be packing the Exmor RS camera sensor, which is larger than some of Nokia’s sensors and will definitely give the UltraPixel sensor more than a run for its money. Interestingly, the device might be called the Xperia i1, to tie into the One Sony campaign that Sony are working on right now. While I can see that there might be some confusion over just what the i1 means to consumers, I could certainly use a break from all these letters Sony are fond of using.

The Xperia i1 is said to be hitting the US completely unlocked this Fall, which seems like an interesting move considering how long the Xperia Z is taking to make its way stateside. Pricing is going to be very important as the Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL seem to be running a little steep for most consumers. Let us know what you think of these rumors in the comments below.

[Source: Esato Forums]