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Sony Honami confirmed as Xperia i1, reveal coming on September 4th

Well we have all seen a lot of the Sony Xperia Honami in the past month thanks to a few exclusive images we at Gadget Helpline were able to get hold of, but after a lot of rumours and leaks it’s looking likely that we will be able to see the phone officially in September.

A press invite from Sony has leaked online, inviting press along to an event on September 4th in Berlin which will most likely be a phone presentation at the the annual IFA tech event.

The image appeared on Chinese site Digi-wo where the invite shows a creatively placed purple light source on a black background. Upon closer inspection you can see that that the purple flash is in fact the side of the Honami, or Xperia i1. “September 4th, 2013. Berlin” is the simple tagline underneath.

The codenamed Honami handset has appeared online a few times in the past couple of weeks, with the full spec still yet to be confirmed. The biggest selling point of the handset is the reported 20 megapixel camera on the back of the phone.

Taiwanese website ePrice has leaked the supposed specifications for the handset which reveal some more precise details, including clarification that the rear sensor is 20.7 megapixels. The site claims that the Xperia i1′s screen is a 5-inch 1080p display with a Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip whirring away inside. The phone will also come with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage – which can be added to with a microSD card – plus a second front 2MP facing cam. It’ll have a big 3,000mAh battery to support the large screen and camera plus 4G LTE and NFC connectivity.

We would expect the handset to come running Android 4.3 if not certainly the previous 4.2.2 OS version.

We can’t wait to see just what the Ccmera on the Xperia i1 will be capable of and see just what Sony can offer in the new smartphone camera wars. Will it shape up to Samsung’s Galaxy Camera and Nokia’s Lumia 1020?

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