Blog post: Sony ‘Honami’ system dump reveals new UI and imaging specs (20MP camera, 4K video)
The next-gen flagship Sony phone is codenamed “Honami” and promises to be a beast. Pictures leaks (HERE and HERE) combined with a system dump have given us everything we need to know about the device’s design, specs and features.
Here is everything we know:
It is still too early to predict but sometime in 2014 seems the most likely bet.
Still to early to say, if the specs are true expect it to be pricey, as much as $600-700, on par with the Sony Xperia ZU that also boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.
In terms of design, we have a physical description of the device from Xperia blog:
“The phone looks very similar to the Xperia Z with the same OmniBalance design but appears to have an infra-red sensor, much like NTT DoCoMo’s version of the handset. Stickers cover the bottom of the phone, presumably to avoid giving away exactly which handset is being leaked.”
Other pictures reveal even more details about the design of the device:
“The rear of the handset looks similar to the leak we saw earlier this week with an infra-red sensor sitting next to the camera lens and LED flash. The handset looks very similar to the Xperia Z but with a metal (aluminium?) frame instead of glass fibre polyamide and what looks like a speaker grill at the bottom.
Other features we noticed is some dock pins that are very similar to those seen on the Xperia Z Ultra. Perhaps Honami will also be compatible with the DK30 magnetic charging dock that we reported on earlier? The 3.5mm headphone jack sits at the top, with a flap for the microSD memory card slot on the side and a dedicated camera button. There also appears to be holes for a lanyard towards the bottom right of the handset.”
Overall it appears to be a slim, sleek device, reminiscent of the Sony Xperia Z. It is good to know that there will be options for expandable memory.
Like most other upcoming flagships like the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG Optimus G2 it will boast a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The Snapdragon 800 is easily the best, fastest and most efficient processor currently on the market, clearly showing why top flagship device makers are rushing to adopt it. So the next-gen Sony “Honami” will be fast.
It’s not just processor that makes this phone stand out, its “the ability to capture 20MP photos (resolution of 5248 x 3936) with a new Super Resolution algorithm set and record video at 4K (4000 x 2000) with aspect ratio of 2:1. Other camera features include ISO up to 12800 as well as a Steadyshot mode.”
The 20MP camera makes the “Honami” comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S4 “Zoom”. Sony appears to have taken great pains to ensure “Honami” will be a flagship smartphone when it comes out, capable of competing with a wide range of devices.
It has powerful 4k camera that can can record 4000 x 2000 video clips according to Android Police, equivalent to digital cinema. That boggles the mind because most people likely don’t even have a monitor capable of displaying all the pixels in such a high quality video.
When it comes to features, the “Honami” has a variety of interesting apps and UI modifications that make it distinctive from previous Sony flagship devices like the Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra:
“In addition to all that, the Honami is set to come with an updated Sony UI. There are new icons, a new app drawer, updated launcher, and several revamped stock apps. The new Small Apps (floating widgets) framework also allows multiple apps to be on the screen at once.”
In particular there are a number of new camera apps to take advantage of the incredible camera and video resolution the “Honami” offers. Pictures on xdadevelopers forum come from users ZeroInfinity and krabappel2548 who ported the apps to their own devices:
“Other new imaging features includes Timeshift burst (glorified burst mode) which allows you to shift back and forth in time to enjoy and share the best moment. Sony has also created a camera API allowing the ability to add functions to the camera app called “Xperia camera add-ons”. Additionally, see some new camera icons below (from left to right): Bokeh, Info-eye, Manual, Socialcast, Timeshift and Effect mode.
A new app is Info-eye, the visual search app based on kooaba. The Info Eye app will have a new UX for Sony Xperia devices. We imagine this is something similar to Nokia’s City Lens app, giving you information about the places you visit and the objects around you. Tap the question mark icon for capture tips. This is the app that was seen in yesterday’s Honami render leak.”
There is also an Augemented Reality app with a number of different modes:
Walkman appears to finally have the requested Music Unlimited Integration:
Finally it appears the “Honami” has an updated and entirely new UI with a “new launcher, app tray, Walkman app and new apps for clock, album, conversations, phonebook, settings, calendar. A new version of Small Apps allows you to place multiple apps in the screen at once.”
Overall, “Honami” is a real flagship phone from Sony, not a mere myth like the LG Megalodon proved to be. The system dump shows that this phone is very real and top of the line. We eagerly look forward to more information about it, in particular release date and price. We will keep you updated as we learn more.
What do you think of the design, specs and features of the rumored Sony ‘Honami’ next-gen flagship phone?