Sony’s 20MP Honami flagship poses next to an iPhone 5, pegged for intro next month

Sony’s upcoming flagship 20MP, codenamed ‘Honami’, has been leaked several times over the past few months, but today we’re seeing a pretty clear comparison shot of the 5-inch device next to an iPhone 5.

Though Sony only announced the Xperia Z in January, and Bell Canada only recently launched it, Sony is readying a follow-up device to ensure it isn’t left behind in the constant hardware refresh cycle from Android OEMs.

Honami looks to address every shortfall of the Xperia Z, including a relatively poor camera despite its 13MP sensor, a mediocre display despite its 1080p resolution, and an aging quad-core processor despite its decent performance.


Expected hardware include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 5-inch 1080p Triluminous display, which has hugely improved colour saturation and viewing angles over Sony’s former LCDs, and a massive 20MP Exmor RS camera sensor that can shoot 4K video. We’re also hearing a 3000mAh battery will be included.

According to recent leaks, including this one, Honami does not differentiate itself from the Xperia Z, at least from the front, maintaining a minimal angular design with slightly rounded corners. It is expectedly huge next to the 4-inch iPhone 5, but so are most Android flagships these days.

It’s not clear whether the 20MP camera will produce brilliantly detailed shots, but the sensor size is notably larger, at 1/2.3″, than on regular smartphones. According to purported shots of the camera software, the ISO (light sensitivity) can be raised to 12800, which should allow for some amazing low light shots (albeit with a fair amount of grain).

Sony is expected to launch Honami on September 4th at the IFA conference in Berlin, shortly before Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 3.