An alleged render image of Sony’s Xperia i1, also known as Sony Honami, leaked earlier today to reveal a high end device boasting of a 20 megapixels Cybershot rear camera and a completely redesigned user interface.
Because rumors of this device have been doing rounds on the internet for weeks now, most of us expected that Sony would be unveiling it yesterday in their much publicized event which saw the launch of another high end large screen device, Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The new leaked image, courtesy of svartling.net, clearly shows a large screen device in press quality image renders but the actual source of the images is not known. It would be difficult to tell whether the images are legitimate or just mock-ups created by an over-enthusiastic fan.
What is queer about the images though is that the design of the device is completely different from other devices Sony has already launched such as Xperia Z, the Xperia Z tablet and the Xperia Z Ultra – all of which share quite a number of design features. This render presents the Honami as a smoothly designed device but with the same angular silhouete sharp corners that other Xperia devices have.
The new image presents the Xperia i1 as a huge device with an edge-to-edge 5 inch triluminous display with a full high definition 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution powered by Sony’s OptiContrast and X-Reality Engine technology. Previous leaks had indicated that Sony would be completely redesigning its Android Xperia user interface and sure enough, the new render reveals that the new interface may have a transparent notification bar, an on-screen control bar as well as an app dock at the bottom of the screen. The UI however retains colorful application icons, control icons and the redesigned fonts that the current interface has if the leak is anything to go by.
Camera features and other specs
The greatest feature in this rendered image is perhaps the 20 megapixels rear Cybershot camera, which if real, could set a new standard for mobile device camera. Rumors point at a camera with a 16 to 20 megapixels Exmor RS 2/3-inch sensor, Xenon and dual-LED flashes, Mobile BIONZ image processing, interchangeable lenses, a dedicated shutter key, a Sony G lens and possibly an image stabilization feature. Besides these, the device may have a new Cybershot camera user interface that could handle the images of the 1080p-capable 2.2 megapixels front camera as well.
Other rumored specs of the Sony Honami phone include a quad-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with an Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB onboard memory and a microSD card slot, NFC, Infra-red, 4G LTE, water and shock resistance and an impressive 3,000 mAh battery pack.
Sony is expected to launch the Xperia i1 in the last quarter of this year, probably to take advantage of the holiday season buying. For now, we just hope these features and specs are real, because it appears the Honami is one killer phone.