By now, we pretty much know that Sony is going to announce the Honami or the Xperia Z1 come September 4th in Berlin at IFA. The same day, Samsung is announcing their Galaxy Note 3, which will be their flagship until next Spring when the Galaxy S5 is announced. We also heard earlier this week that Sony would be debuting a mini version of the Honami/Xperia Z1. That device has leaked out again, and is compared to the Blackberry Q10 as you can see above.
The Blackberry Q10 is 119.6mm by 66.8mm. While the Honami Mini is 109.3mm by 56.4mm. Making it both shorter and narrower. Of course the display on the Honami Mini is bigger than the one on the Blackberry Q10, since it doesn’t have the QWERTY keyboard that Blackberry is known for on the Q10.
According to reports, the specs on the Honami Mini look really good, especially for it being a “mini” device. If you look at the Galaxy S4 Mini, you can see what I mean. The Honami Mini is expected to have a 4.3-inch 720p display with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor (who’d a thought you’d see a Snapdragon 800 in a 4.3-inch device?), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 20MP camera with the G Lens, and a 2000mAh battery. If these specs are indeed real for the Honami Mini, this is one mini phone that I’d love to have over my Nexus 4. Especially with Sony’s relationship with AOSP. In fact, they have an AOSP build of 4.2 (not sure it’s been updated to 4.3 yet) for both the Xperia Z and the Xperia Tablet Z.
I have to be honest here, I’ve been impressed with what Sony has brought to the table in 2013. But there is still one thing that they are desperately missing. And that is bringing their devices to the US (and other markets) in a timely fashion. The Xperia Z just launched here in the US on T-Mobile, nearly 6 months after it was announced in Las Vegas. I’m hoping Sony has learned from that mistake and has the Honami and even the Honami Mini on more carriers and will launch it sooner than 6 months after the announcement.