Sony will unveil its newest smartphone in early September, and the device, codenamed ‘Honami’, is rumoured to have a 5-inch 1080p display, a 2.2Ghz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 20MP Exmor RS camera sensor with the company’s new G-Lens technology.
Sony has been a generation behind the competition in screen and camera quality, so it’s nice to see the company facing those issues head-on with this release. Though their smartphone division has grown tremendously in the past year, mainly on the strength of the Xperia Z and mid-range devices like the Xperia U, they are still far behind Samsung and LG in total sales.
Using the “Best of Sony” slogan, Honami should also provide users with water- and dust-proofing, along with an IR blaster for TV and stereo controls. Sony is expected to launch the device with Android 4.2.2 and a number of small tweaks to the interface.
Though the device is expected to share the same 5-inch screen size as the Xperia Z, it looks to be more compact than the current flagship, more akin to the Xperia T in width and height. It will also have a two-stage camera shutter button, something that Sony omitted on the international Xperia Z.
Sony is hosting a press conference on September 4th during IFA in Germany, so we’re likely to hear the full announcement then.