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Sony Honami Comes With 20 MP Camera with 4K Video Capability and New UI, System Dump Reveals

A leaked Sony Honami System Dump has revealed a lot about this mysterious Android device that has seemingly dominated the rumors section of Android device blogs for weeks – and this time, the rumors seem legit.  What is becoming clear is that Sony may be announcing this device in an event scheduled for 4th this month – on Thursday – and we already have almost all the core specs of the phablet/smartphone.

Earlier today, Valerie wrote a piece on how an XDA developer managed to port Sony Honami’s camera app to other Sony devices and now we have reliable information on the new user interface and an amazing 4K video capability of the new Sony device.  All these courtesy of a leaked System Dump obtained by the folks at Xperia Blog.

The leaked System Dump reveals that the Sony Honami will have a Qualcomm S800 chip and an impressive 20 megapixels primary camera capable of taking ‘4K videos’ – 5248 x 3936 megapixels resolution – setting a new video capture standard for high end handheld portable devices.  This is a very strange resolution, you have to admit, as it presents a 2:1 image aspect ratio at 4000 x 2000 pixels.  According to the Xperia Blog, the established 4K resolutions stand at 3840 x 2160 pixels, a perfect 4x scale to the current full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, or in some instances 4000 x 2160 to make it a 4K resolution.

The camera boasts of 12800 ISO, meaning that it is perfect for taking pictures even in low-light conditions.  The camera, which seems to be the greatest selling point of the Honami, also comes with SocialCast, Effect Mode, TimeShift, Bokeh, Manual and Info-Eye features.  It also comes with an augmented reality mode which allows users to add virtual objects or images of virtual images on the images they are taking – and unlike Photoshop or other image editing software, this feature allows users to add these images in real time.


New Sony Honami camera icons (left to right): Bokeh, Info-eye, Manual, Socialcast, Timeshift and Effect mode.
New Sony Honami camera icons (left to right): Bokeh, Info-eye, Manual, Socialcast, Timeshift and Effect mode.

The camera presents a user with multiple AR options as seen in this image:

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality Options
More Augmented Reality graphics options offered in Sony Honami


One other feature that users have been begging Sony for over the years, an unlimited music integration with the Walkman app, seems to have been implemented in the new system.

Sony has completely overhauled the user interface of the Honami too.  The new interface is more intuitive, but since Google is reportedly working on a completely new interface and system to be released on Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, the future of this new interface is uncertain as operating system overhaul will most definitely affect user interfaces on the older systems.  Here is a gallery of some of the Sony Honami Screenshots courtesy of the Experia Blog.

Perhaps Sony will cross the bridge when they get to the river – for now we can’t wait to give the new interface a try.

Source: Xperia Blog via Android Headlines