While we still wait for official confirmation of Sony's latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia i1 aka Honami which is scheduled for a September 4 launch, a rumour has claimed that Sony might be working on its downsized version.
A forum post at Esato.com has revealed the specifications of the alleged Sony Honami mini which shows the device code-named Ray 3.
According to the post, the Xperia Honami will sport a 4.3-inch Triluminos 720p display. It is allegedly powered by a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, similar to the rumoured processor inside the Xperia Honami. It will reportedly come with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There is a 2400mAh battery and support for microSD card. But interestingly, the Xperia Honami mini will again feature the 20.7-megapixel camera which is the major highlight of the yet to be announced Xperia Honami aka i1.
As per the post, the Xperia Honami mini will feature the same Sony G lens, f/2.0 aperture and the same 1/2.3" sensor which is being expected in the original device.
It seems when it comes to a mini version of the flagship smartphone, Sony has decided to stick to standard specifications and just reduce the display size, literally making it a 'mini' version of the flagship. This is a contrast to what other OEMs like Samsung and HTC have done with 'mini' versions of their flagship devices, which get a cut down in not only screen size but also in hardware specifications.
Earlier, it was reported that Sony will unveil its next flagship smartphone on September 4 before the start of the IFA consumer show in Berlin.
The report further claimed that the alleged Sony Xperia Honami aka i1 will feature 'X-Reality' picture-enhancement chips developed for Bravia TVs as well as sensors shipping in company's Cybershot cameras. The expected launch date for Xperia Honami aka i1 is in-line with earlier reports that pointed at an IFA launch.