With Nokia and Samsung getting serious about smartphone cameras, Sony is looking to get into the game themselves with its established camera brand. We’ve been hearing rumblings of the Sony “Honami”, high-end camera-centric phone, for quite a while now. Today we get a look at the device with a new render from Chinese site, ePrice. We can only see the back and one side of the phone but it appears to have a simple glass back with the camera in the upper left corner. Next to the camera is a speaker and branding for Sony’s G-lenses and underneath is an LED flash. The side of the phone features some ports but they’re covered by flaps which makes us think that the phone is probably water-proof like so many of Sony’s recent phones.
Now we can get into the real meat of the phone. The Honami is said to have a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB RAM, 5-inch 1080p Triluminos X-Reality display, 16 GB storage, microSD card slot, 4G LTE and a 3000 mAh battery. But the camera is really the standout feature of the phone with a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, BIONZ image processor, and a Sony G-series lens. That’s the kind of camera that makes a camera nerd like myself drool. On the front, you’ll get a 2-megapixel Exmor R camera.
Clearly, the Honami will be one of the best specced phones to date, especially with that incredible camera. Sony could do a lot with the software side of the camera as well by allowing it to communicate with your Sony camera and such. For a Sony shooter like myself, its an exciting prospect that makes us eager for the phone to arrive. Sony should be announcing the Honami at its IFA 2013 press conference on September 4.
Are you guys excited for the Honami?