Having struggled to launch camera sensors with increasingly large resolutions, often with unimpressive results, it seems that the mobile phones manufacturers are moving now towards the high quality of the large sensors. Nokia broke the ice some time ago with the N8 and with the subsequent models 8o8 Pure View and Lumia 1020, HTC experimented with its “ultrapixels “ and Samsung made a jump with Galaxy S 4 Zoom and now it looks that Sony will be joining soon.
Of the phone, coded name Honami we’ve heard two months ago, when rumors were saying that this will be a superior camera phone in comparison with the other Sony models. According to the specifications list of this model, Honami will not be just a powerful phone based on the Snapdragon 800 chip, but also a terminal with a larger photo sensor and a special lens.
Although, initially it was rumored that Honami will use a 1/1.6”, photo sensor, which would have ranked it third among dimensions after Nokia 808 Pure View (1/1,2”) and Nokia Lumia (1/1,5”), it looks like Sony has to settle for a slightly smaller sensor of 1/2,3”. This size is similar to the photo sensor implemented on Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom and other compact cameras, being significantly superior to the usual one from any mobile phone.
The ExmorRs sensor will have a resolution of 20.4 megapixels and will be joined by the well-known image processor BIONZ and by a G-Lens, designation used for the Sony camera lenses that use Zeiss lenses. At this point is not very clear with what G-Lens and BIONZ implementations we’ll have to deal, but their explicit emphasis made by Sony seems to indicate something with a better quality that the currently offered one.
The specifications published by ePrice indicate that Honami will offer a FullHD screen with a 5” diagonal and the TRILUMINOS panel, an 800 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 2.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and a battery with a capacity 3000 mAh. It is still unclear when Sony will officially launch its new terminal, but the 2013 IFA Berlin exhibition, which will take place in a month, seems like a good opportunity.