After the the big players of the smartphone market tried to launch terminals with high-resolution camera sensors, several times with unimpressive results, it seems now that the phone makers are focusing on the superior quality of the higher dimension sensors. Nokia has broken the ice a long time ago with the N8 model, then with the 808 PureView camera phone with its 41 megapixel sensor, followed now by the Windows Phone-powered Lumia 1020. HTC has received some positive reviews for the UltraPixel sensor, Samsung fitted a 16 megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom on the Galaxy S4 Zoom, and now it seems that Sony is also on the verge of launching a camera phone.
We’ve heard about the Sony Honami a couple of months ago, when the first rumors hit the web, saying that we will be dealing with a camera phone that will attempt to revive the CyberShot brand. According to the leaked specs spotted by Engaget on ePrice, the Sony Honami will be a terminal with a powerful hardware platform doubled by an impressive camera sensor.
Even though it was initially rumored that Sony Honami will have a 1/1.6″ sensor, which would have placed it on the third place in terms of dimensions after Nokia 808 PureView (1/1.2″) and Nokia Lumia 1020 (1/1.5″), it seems that the Japanese company will fit a slightly smaller 1/2.3″ sensor. If the leaked Honami leaked specs list is accurate, then the Sony camera phone will have a sensor with the same size as the one used for Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and other compact cameras, being way superior to the ones used for other mobile phones.
The ExmorRS sensor will reportedly have resolution of 20.7 megapixels and it will be helped by the popular BIONZ image processor and G-Lens lens, a name currently used for the Sony devices fitted with Zeiss lens.
The Sony Honami specs listed by ePrice say that the camera phone developed by the Japanese company will sport a 5-inch full HD display with TRILUMINOS panel, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
It’s not clear yet when Sony will officially introduce the Honami camera phone, but the IFA Berlin 2013 tech fair, which will debut in about a month, looks like a good occasion.