The IFA tech show which will held on September 6 this year will announce the arrival of new products like Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The event will also showcase the arrival of a new smartphone from Sony. The device is called Sony Honami i1. It is a camera-centric phone.
Several smartphone manufacturers are trying their luck at selling camera-centric phones. Samsung was the first one to jump into this category by releasing the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. A week ago, we came to know about the Lumia 1020 from Nokia.
The Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with 16MP camera lens whereas the Lumia 1020 comes with 41MP camera lens. Now Sony is coming up with Homani i1 which houses a 20MP camera. The images of which can be seen online Chinese website, Weibo. By looking at the image, you may feel it is Sony Xperia Z. However, the appearance of the device shown in the photo is slightly different from the Xperia Z.
The Exmor RS sensor is larger in size which can be found in point-and-shoot cameras. As compared to other smartphones available in the market, the Sony Homani i1 will have 1 /2.3inch sensor. However, the sensor is smaller than the Lumia 1020 which packs in a 1 /1.5inch PureView technology sensor.
If there is a larger sensor onboard, the device will be able to capture better photos. It comes with a flash at its rear. On the side of the phone, there is a dedicated camera button. It is also rumored that the device is able to record 4K Ultra HD videos. Even if it does, there are not many 4K HD televisions in the market and the ones that are already there in the market are priced expensively.
Like the Sony Xperia Z, the Homani i1 is expected to come with a water-resistant and dust-resistant body. The name Homani i1 seems to be codename and we feel that the product will added to the Xperia line of products. Sony had announced that they will be announcing a successor to the Sony Xperia Z which was released at the beginning of this year. However, when they made the announcement, they had not revealed the name of the product.
As we mentioned before, the appearance of the device is borrowed from Xperia Z which shows that the looks of the device is not the highlight of the Honami i1. The 20MP camera certainly is the major USP of the device. And other USP of Sony Honami i1 is that comes with a bigger speaker grill which shows that device might offer better sound output.
Since there have been no official announcement on the specs of Honami i1 but we have managed to gather the following specs according to the recent rumors. The Honami i1 comes with a powerful 3000mAh battery. The internal storage of the device is 16GB and the external storage can detect up to 16GB of microSD. It will come with a 5inch full HD display like the one present on Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. It will be powered with 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU along with 2GB RAM.