Sony teases Xperia 'Honami' smartphone on video ahead of September 4 event

By on August 27, 2013, 12:45 PM
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An updated version of Sony's flagship Xperia Z has been rumored for quite a while now. In the teaser video below, the company appears to be showing off the much rumored new smartphone and confirms an official reveal date for early next month.

Much like its marketing tagline for the Xperia Z, "the best of Sony in a smartphone," the new teaser ad is branded, "The best of Sony is about to get even better." We see video of a device that looks an awful lot like the Xperia Z throughout the 30 second teaser. According to the ad, the device will be officially revealed in Berlin at Sony's annual IFA event on September 4.

Previously codenamed "Honami," the device is expected to be called the Sony Xperia Z1. A tweet from early this morning on the official Xperia Twitter account further adds to this speculation: "3...2....what comes next?"

It is thought to have a 5.3-inch, 1080p display with a 2.2Ghz Snapdragon 800 processor, 16GB internal storage, a 3100 mAh battery, dual stereo speakers, 2GB of RAM, and running on Android OS 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Past rumors had Sony putting a major emphasis on the device's 20-megapixel camera.

Based on previous leaks and an image released on the Xperia Facebook page, the Z1 is also expected to make use of the company's new G-Lens technology. This plays into past speculation that Sony will also be announcing the attachable camera lens that works with all Android and iOS smartphones at next week's event as well.




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JC713 JC713 said:

Wow if it had Android 4.3 it would be one heck of a phone (spec-wise at least).

Guest said:

Sorry, but what tell this video for me?

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

Anything past Android 4.1 is a big plus for me.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Anything past Android 4.1 is a big plus for me.

And anything past Android 2.3 is even a bigger plus for me. I still find my old SII quite relevant at the moment. I have an S4 mini stashed away which I acquired when I renewed my contract but I haven't even unboxed it yet. I like keeping myself in suspense.

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

And anything past Android 2.3 is even a bigger plus for me. I still find my old SII quite relevant at the moment. I have an S4 mini stashed away which I acquired when I renewed my contract but I haven't even unboxed it yet. I like keeping myself in suspense.

My SII is on 4.1.2 and it is absolutely atrocious. The media scanner bug is going to be unresolved for SII as it won't get 4.2 from what I hear. Any media file with an underscore in the name can cause it to go 100% CPU (default file name format for the camera uses an underscore between yyMMdd and hhmmss!). Can blow through the battery in 2 hours and fills the internal storage with thumbnail data.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

My SII is on 4.1.2 and it is absolutely atrocious. The media scanner bug is going to be unresolved for SII as it won't get 4.2 from what I hear. Any media file with an underscore in the name can cause it to go 100% CPU (default file name format for the camera uses an underscore between yyMMdd and hhmmss!). Can blow through the battery in 2 hours and fills the internal storage with thumbnail data.

I heard about things like that so I never bothered upgrading the OS. Gingerbread is not only tasty, it's still relevant, most apps are compatible with it.

I'll crack open my new phone sometime during the Xmas season and munch on some Jellybeans.

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