Sony's Honami Hits GFXBench; Reveals Off Snapdragon 800 and Adreno 330 GPU

 

We've heard a lot about Sony's upcoming smartphone, we've seen a lot about it and now we're getting our first look at the device's internals. Well, not so much a look but, we've got some more information on what's inside the upcoming device. As we've been hearing for some time now, it looks like Sony's next flagship is going to be shipping with the same Snapdragon 800 that's at the heart of the Xperia Z Ultra. Thanks to a listing over at GFXBench we can see that the device is carrying a model number of "C6903" The Xperia Z had the model number of "C6603" so, there's a chance the jump from 6 to 9 in the number could make this the successor to the Z, but that could just be conjecture of course.

The MSM8974 listed in the result confirms that this is indeed a Snapdragon 800 CPU which features 4 Krait 400 CPUs and of course, the improved Adreno 330 GPU. While the Krait 400 CPU can in fact be clocked up to 2.3 Ghz, GFXBench has a listed top-end clock speed of 1958 Mhz, which is likely down to the small constraints the slim body is pushing onto the processor. Also, this is probably a prototype - if this is a Honami being tested - and so it's no surprise it's not being pushed to its absolute limits.

As well as the Snapdragon 800 CPU, the device's display resolution has also been outed, to be "1794 x 1080" otherwise known as "1080p with soft buttons". We all knew it was going to have a 1080p display resolution, after all if the Xperia Z could manage it, then why not its successor? The use of Sony's new "Triluminous" display technology is also likely, as it debuted with the Xperia Z Ultra.

So, there you have it. Sony's upcoming smartphone has had its internals laid bare for us all to see. There's still the question of just what Sony has changed from the Xperia Z, aside from the inside, in order to make this a worthy successor to what was arguably Sony's best smartphone to date.

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