Sony’s most recent major handset, the Xperia Z, is still relatively new, but it appears that the company may already have plans for its next flagship. Rumors have already begun to surface about the follow up Xperia i1 “Honami”, which according to a recent report from Sony Korea’s CEO could launch later this year.
In an EcenomicDaily report, Sony Korea’s CEO Kenji Sakai noted that the successor to the company’s flagship Xperia Z will be out sometime later this year. The phone is widely believed to be the Xperia i1 “Honami” which, according to recent rumors, will house a 20MP camera and a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.
The rumored device could be an answer to Nokia’s recently-announced Lumia 1020, which sports an impressive 41MP camera, or Samsung’s image-oriented Galaxy S4 Zoom. But considering that the new Lumia effectively more than doubles the rumored resolution of the Honami, Sony may have another device in the works to tackle the 41MP heavyweight.
As for when consumers can expect the Xperia Z follow up, Sony is being coy about a release date. However, recent speculation suggests that the phone could turn up as early as September at IFA 2013. But a more pertinent matter is when will the device be released in the US. Sony has had a propensity for delaying releases in the US, thus consumers may not see the i1 Honami stateside until its initial launch in Asia is complete.