Sony working on mini version of Xperia i1 Honami smartphone?

SonyA number of smartphone manufacturers have recently released mini versions of their flagship devices. Two good examples are Samsung with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini and HTC with its HTC One and One mini. The latest to catch the mini bug appears to be Sony Mobile. It has yet to announce its next flagship smartphone, the Xperia i1 Honami, that speculation already suggests it could be accompanied by a mini version codenamed Ray 3.

Specifications for the Honami mini have been leaked as well, suggesting that unlike other mini versions, Sony intends to keep many of the same high-end specifications on its diminutive sibling. According to an Esato forum post by a user with an established track record on Sony devices, it will come with the following:

  • Processor: 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • Display: 4.3-inch HD (720×1280)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal storage: 16GB
  • External storage: microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 20.7MP with 1/2.3-inch sensor, f/2.0 aperture and Sony G lens
  • Battery: 2,400mAh

Key specifications that are set to change are the display, down from a 5.0-inch FHD (1080×1920) and a smaller battery, reduced from 3,050mAh. Others, including the camera, could be the same as those of its larger sibling, a feat unmatched by Samsung and HTC with mini models to date.

It is unlikely that Sony will announce the Honami mini alongside the Xperia i1 at its September 4th event. Instead, a release later this year or early next year is expected.

Source : Esato