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Sony Xperia Honami to Record 4K Videos, Shows Promo Material

Codenamed Honami, the next-gen Sony Xperia flagship will reportedly be one of the most attractive camera phones around a powerful competitor against Nokia 808 PureView, Nokia Lumia 1020, and Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. It looks though that the Xperia Honami has an ace up the sleeve, as the latest reports are indicating that the handset will be capable of recording 4K videos, making it the first smartphone in the world capable of shooting videos at a resolution that high.

Therefore, if the promo material found on Weibo social network are authentic, then the Sony Xperia Honami owners will be the first to be able to record 4K videos with their mobile phones. But how is a smartphone capable of recording 4K videos? Well, the Snapdragon 800 chipset is to blame, as Qualcomm’s flagship processing unit is world’s first SoC capable of 4K@30fps (3840×2160) and 2K@60fps (2560 x 2048) video recording and playback. Surprisingly enough is that the resolution announced for the Xperia Honami in the promo material is 4000×2000 pixels, which is even higher than the 4K format.

But Sony might have to deal with a real deal breaker: the video compression and the sampling rate. Knowing that the video sequences recorded at 4K resolution have 4 times more details than the ones recorded at full HD resolution, the size of the files might be a real problem if the compression algorithm is using a high sampling rate. On the other hand, if the compression ratio used is too high in order to make the video files as small as possible, the result may have bad consequences on the image quality, almost cancelling out the benefits of the high resolution.

Well, given Sony’s enthusiasm towards it’s new line-up of 4K TVs, the launch of a 4K smartphone is almost inevitable, and the Sony Xperia Honami looks like the perfect candidate for this role.

In case you are wondering, the rumor mill speculates that the Sony Xperia Honami will be underpinned by a Snapdragon 800 SoC with a quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 320 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage expandable using microSD cards. It looks like the camera phone developed by Sony will also come with a 5-inch display with full HD resolution and Triluminos technology, but unlike Xperia Z and the Xperia Z Ultra, it will not be water and dust proof.

But the Xperia Honami is all about its camera, sources saying that the terminal will boast a 20.7 megapixel sensor with G Lens and OIS. What are your expectations from the Sony Xperia Honami?