Sony is yet to unveil its upcoming Android flagship smartphone next month but as early as now a mini version of the device is already rumored to be released as well. The Sony i1 Honami is said to be a camera-centric device that comes with powerful hardware specs. Its mini version is also said to have more or less the same specs but with a smaller display.
The trend right now for Android manufacturers is to release a mini version of their flagship devices. Ideally the mini versions should have the same specs but with a smaller size. This isn’t the case right now though as the hardware specs of most mini devices fall in the mid-range smartphone categories.
Sony looks to be going the different route by introducing the Sony Honami Mini that is rumored to come with flagship model hardware specs. A member from the Esato forums who is highly regarded due to his accurate predictions has revealed the specifications of the Sony Honami Mini, codenamed Ray3.
The device is said to have a 4.3 inch 720p TRILUMINOS display. It’s going to use 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 and will have 2GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded using a microSD. The rear camera is 20.7 MP and will come with a 1/2.3″ sensor, f2.0 aperture size and a Sony G Lens. The device will use a 2400 mAh battery.
As far as differences go the i1 Honami uses a 5 inch 1080p display (versus 4.3 inch 720p) and a battery of 3050 mAh (versus 2400 mAh). The best part of this is that the camera used by the i1 Honami and the Ray3 are the same.
Judging from the specs of the mini version it could already be considered a high-end device worthy of flagship status.
How accurate is this report? While this isn’t official yet the tipster from Esato has a great track record. Just like any other rumor though this has to be taken with a grain of salt.