Sony has releases a new teaser for the Xperia Honami, promising it’s a smartphone that’s “about to make a splash.” After we saw the first Xperia Honami teaser being posted on Twitter a couple of days ago, this time the Japanese phone maker chose Facebook to post a new teaser, showing a smartphone emerging into water.
Even though Sony didn’t reveal the name of the smartphone, we are almost sure that we are looking at the highly anticipated Xperia Z1 (formerly known as Honami) which is expected to see the light of day at IFA Berlin 2013 tech fair in less than two weeks.
All the reports are suggesting that the Xperia Z1 will be a camera phone which will allow Sony to take on Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom (16 megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom) and Nokia’s Lumia 1020 (41 megapixel camera with PureView technology). Sources say that the Sony Xperia Z1 will boast a 20.7 megpixel camera with G Lens, optical image stabilization, BIONZ technology, and that it will be the first smartphone in the world to record 4K videos.
Besides confirming that the Xperia Z1 will be water proof, the new teaser also confirms the rumors saying that the Sony camera phone will borrow most of the design elements of the Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra. It also looks like the Xperia Honami will have a dedicated camera button located on the right side, right bellow the volume buttons.
Rumor has it that the new smartphone will also be shock and dust resistant and that it will boast a 5-inch full HD display with Triluminos technology, making it fit among the other high-end smartphones launched so far.
Apparently, the Sony Xperia Z1 will be manufactured on a carbon fiber frame, using Dragontrail glass for the screen protection and Gorilla Glass 3 for the back. As I was mentioning above, the new Xperia flagship will be a high-end smartphone and we are expecting it to be underpinned by Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 800 chipset based on four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, and 2 GB of RAM.
Interestingly enough, the Xperia Z1 (or Honami) will only come with 16 GB of internal storage, but you will be able to expand it with up to 64 GB courtesy of the microSD card slot. The smartphone will be powered by a 3,100 mAh battery which should be enough to keep it awake through a day of moderate usage.
Even tough Google announced Android 4.3 a month ago it seems that the Xperia Honami will run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, of course customized with Sony’s own Xperia UI and reportedly a special app for the camera.
None of the above technical specifications were confirmed by official sources, therefore it would be wiser to take them with a grain of salt. I am sure that IFA 2013 will bring more information about the Sony Xperia Z1, so stay tuned as we will be covering the Berlin-based tech fair here, at Android Geeks.