It looks like the Japan-based company is working on a compact version of the Sony Honami camera phone, which will reportedly be announced later this year at IFA Berlin 2013. Rumor has it that it will be called Sony Honami mini and that it will be a direct competitor of the iPhone 5S.
Well, the Sony Honami Mini will not be like the other Mini smartphones. While both the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the HTC One Mini are mid-range smartphones, the compact version of the Sony camera phone will be a high-end smartphone with an impressive camera sensor on the back. It seems that the handset will be officially introduced on September 4th, when the IFA Berlin 2013 tech fair will open its gates for the press members.
A report from VR-Zone claims that Sony Honami Mini will be the type of compact smartphone that all the Android users are waiting for, packing the same hardware specifications like the flagship device, not being a just another mid-range smartphone like the members of Samsung’s Galaxy Mini line-up.
Probably, the Japan-based company aims to steal some of iPhone 5S’ glory with the new Sony Honami Mini, as the reports are showing that the next-gen iOS-powered smartphone will come with a 4-inch display, just like its predecessor. On the other hand, the aforementioned source says that we should expect the Sony Honami Mini to pack a display around 4 – 4.3 inchces.
Rumor has it that the Sony Honami Mini will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset with quad-core Krait 400 CPU at 2.3 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU, while sporting a high-resolution camera sensor. Even though the camera will not be borrowed from the Sony Honami, it is expected to bring above average performance.
Sources say that the Sony Honami will come with a 20 megapixel camera with 5mm focal lenght, 28 mm Sony G lens and ISO 1600, while boasting a 1/2.3″ sensor.
Even though the launch of a compact smartphone with high-end specifications does make sense, we are advising you to take the rumor with a grain of salt, and wait until IFA Berlin 2013 opens its gates before jumping into conclusions.