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Sony i1 (AKA Honami) Cameraphone and 6.44-Inch Togari Landing In The US This Fall?

Though they’re yet to become mainstream commercial hits in North America, Sony’s latest flagship phones, the Xperia Z and ZL, are an obvious step up for a company that didn’t seem to have a very clear (and wise) high-end marketing strategy before 2013.

But the future could be even brighter for Sony, as the company is apparently planning to intro two far more impressive beasts of phones in the fall. These are codenamed Honami and Togari and have been making the rumor rounds for a while now.


Only a concept for now…

However, the air is only today starting to clear up on the duo’s specs, courtesy of a number of suspicious, but (sort of) believable sources on the Esato forums.

It therefore appears both phones have gotten vague ETAs, with global launches slated for “sometime in the fall”. Global meaning the two have good chances of making their way to the States before the first leaves will fall, but unfortunately Sony will again likely focus on selling the phones in unlocked, SIM-free flavors.

That’s not necessarily bad news for people that can afford to cough up $700 or $800 for a slab of silicon, but for the rest of us earthlings it would be nice if Sony would once and for all strike solid partnership(s) with one or several American carriers.

Oh, well, let’s try and stay positive by taking a look at Honami’s newest rumored spec sheet. The phone that will reportedly be marketed as either the Sony i1 or simply Sony One will have its biggest selling point in the whopping Cybershot camera said to pack a 16.2 MP sensor.

However, the i1 is not to be a cameraphone in the way Samsung seems to understand the term, but rather a purebred top of the line device with all the first-rate specs, from a 5-inch Full HD panel with a front Sapphire cover and rear Corning Gorilla Glass to a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

Other features could include 2 or more gigs of RAM, a massive 3,000 mAh battery, Android 4.2 or 4.3 Jelly Bean, IP58 certification for water protection, microSD support and dual stereo speakers. Definitely not a one-trick pony, eh?

As for the Togari, that’s a much more mysterious device, with no likely market name known at this time. The spec sheet is said to include a ginormous 6.44-inch Full HD screen, 3 GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 13 MP camera and 3,500 mAh battery, but you should probably take all this with an even bigger grain of salt than Honami’s alleged list of features.

If the rumors do prove to be legit, do you think Sony has a chance to dethrone Samsung as Android king? Will the Japanese at least become a close second in terms of sales?

Via [Phone Arena]

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