Sony i1 Honami Specs Go Live, Is It the Nexus 5?

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All the recent leaks and reports are indicating that the Sony i1 Honami will be one of the most powerful smartphones on the market and Svartling.net even posted a blurry photo of the super smartphone. But why would Sony want to introduce a powerful smartphone meant to cannibalize the sales of the Xperia Z flagship? Probably because it won’t be an Xperia smartphone. Or maybe it will be the new leader of the Xperia, but, in the same time, it will serve as a starting point for the Nexus 5.

We’ve exclusively told you not long long ago that Sony is also readying a Google Edition for its flagship smartphone which is a sign that the two companies are in a good relationship, even though the Japanese phone maker refused when the search engine giant when it asked to develop a Nexus smartphone.

With LG announcing they will not be making the Nexus 5, while Samsung and HTC almost running at full capacity in order to fulfill the Galaxy S4 and One demand, Sony remains the only viable solution for the development of the Nexus 5. Even though the Sony i1 Honami might not be the Nexus 5 itself, it looks like a good candidate for sharing its hardware platform. Why? Because it’s one of the most impressive I’ve ever seen.

Sources say that Sony i1 Honami boasts a full HD 5-inch display with 2,000:1 Contrast ratio, while being underpinned by a might Snapdragon 800 chipset with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU. The leaked technical specs list also includes 2 GB of RAM and a 3,000 mAh battery, plus 32 GB of internal storage expandable using microSD cards.

In terms of connectivity the Sony i1 Honami comes with 4G LTE, NFC chip, Bluetooth 4.0, and above all, it will be water and dust proof, and it will come with a shatterproof front glass. The case will be manufactured using metal, carbon fiber, and glass.

Besides the might Snapdragon 800 CPU, the primary camera is one of the most impressive features of the new flagship device: a 2/3? 20/13 MP Exmor RS camera with Sony G lens, a Cybershot Camera, which should be able to smash the competition. The user-facing camera will have support for full HD video recording and a 2.2 megapixel sensor.

Since it looks like we’re dealing with the new Sony flagship for 2013, also expect dual spkears, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Xperia UI, S-Master MX mobile audio amplifier, and other goodies specific to the Xperia line-up.

Anyway, the biggest question here is whether Google and Sony will team-up and use the i1 Honami to develop the Nexus 5. Would you like a Nexus 5 with the technical specifications of the i1 Honami?

  • vperl

    No CDMA phone go fish.

  • shon

    o/ YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

  • Randooom

    HELL YEAH!!! Gimme that baby right now! :D

  • Rabid Rotty

    It’s spelled speakers. Also Sony is not the only viable option. There is also Google’s own Motorola

  • zeth006

    I think it’s still very possible Samsung or LG could do the next Nexus.

  • newsjunkieintl

    “With LG announcing they will not be making the Nexus 5″ < Not true.

    LG said those comments by a VP were mistranslated and later a South Korean newspaper said an LG source revealed LG does have a Nexus 5 prototype which they personally showed Larry Page when he visited in early May of this year.

    Look for the Nexus 5 to be based on the LG Optimus G2 which LG is shipping in Q3. This will give them LG time to ramp up for Nexus 5 in Q4. Last year they ran into production problems launching the G and the Nexus 4 (based on the G) almost simultaneously.

    Having said that, if Sony were doing a Nexus 5, look at the Sony Xperia ZL C6506 (not the Z, the ZL) as a perfect prototype: 5", 1080p, quad core, 2G RAM, super slim bezel, 13 megapixel camera. Unlocked, pentaband GSM, lots of LTE bands including those used by AT&T and T-mobile. (Some sites say only quad band GSM, but Sony official specs say pentaband). PERFECT prototype for a Nexus phone. Throw in a slightly faster CPU (since the ZL was released MONTHS ago), take out the expandable memory (Google doesn't do expandable memory for Nexus), and add Key Lime Pine. DONE. :)

    But people looking for a Nexus 5 in June or July are laughably mistaken. Look for Key Lime Pie and Nexus 5 to be officially released in November. Might be "announced" late October, with press conference, etc, but actual RELEASE will be November just like the last two Nexus phones. The last 3 Nexus phones were released in November and December, all 4 Nexus phones were released in November, December, January. Look for November at the earliest for RELEASE date.

  • That Guy

    This isn’t the next Nexus 5 for many reasons. One of which, Google ditched the whole idea of expandable storage and we saw that with the Nexus 4, and the one before it, the Galaxy Nexus.
    There are many articles that talk about how Google won’t be using any expandable storage anymore.
    That being said, if this phone has it then it’s not a Nexus phone.

    • brendan soliwoda

      The Nexus 4 was based off of the Optimus G, which by the way, had expandable storage. So, like the Nexus 4, they could always ax the expandable of the honami when they make the nexus 5.

  • Jamaal

    Google is making the Nexus 5.

  • Josh

    Motorola seems to be the most “viable” option to me…

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    • http://www.alexdumitru.com Alex Dumitru

      Just look at the dates please. We published the article one day before IBTIMES. And I have to tell you that IBTIMES are the ones who plagiarize everyone and don’t do any original reporting. They have reprinted dozens of our articles.