Sony’s next big smartphone contender, the Xperia i1 (also known as the “Honami”) has broke cover, with spyshots showing off a handset acquired by covert means, posted to Chinese social network Sino Weib.
Republished by US site Gadget Helpline, they’re the first pictures of the handset in the flesh, discounting the leaked press imagery from earlier this month.
If previous leaks are to be believed, the handset will feature an impressive 1/2.3-inch 20-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, backed up by a G lens, with Sony’s Bionz image processor (usually the reserve of the company’s digital cameras) also set for inclusion.
Measuring 5-inches with a full HD display, the handset is also said to be sporting a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, backed by 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage that can be boosted by a microSD card.
Following in the Xperia Z’s ruggedised footsteps, the Xperia i1 will also be water and dustproof, meeting IP55/IP57 international standards. A non-removable battery, with a capacity of 3,000mAh, provides the juice. Design wise, the phone looks like a subtle evolution on the slim and slick Xperia Z handset, with the images suggesting both black and white versions will be available.
The handset is expected to be officially revealed by Sony at the IFA tech conference in Berlin in September. We’ll give you the full details as we get them.