Despite the lack of hard market evidence suggesting that the move is beneficial, several top-tier smartphone manufacturers have begun releasing handsets focused on providing high-end cameras. First, Samsung made its entry into the market with its Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, and then Nokia looked to attract photo-lovers with the Lumia 1020.
While it’s too early to dictate the fate of either handset, the lack of industry buzz post launch is certainly disconcerting. But despite the warning signs it appears that Sony is ready to enter the fray with its very own 20-megapixel handset.
Previous reports suggest that Sony is currently working on its own camera-centric mobile device code-named “Honami”. Attention returned to the handset recently after Sony Mobile executive Taylor Li published a photo taken with the 20-megapixel Honami and shared it on Picasa, though the page hosting the image appears to have since been taken down.
The device, which was depicted in a previous image leak, looks like it will incorporate a design similar to the Xperia Z. Sony plans on releasing the device with Xperia branding in the coming months.
According to rumors, the handset will offer a 5-inch full HD display, a powerful 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, with 2GB of RAM and somewhere between a 2,700 mAh and 3,000 mAh battery. There is no indication on how much storage the device will offer, though the Honami will be expected to provide microSD support.
Sony is set to hold a press conference at the IFA trade show on September 4, and it’s possible that the company could use the conference as an opportunity to officially unveil the long-rumored Honami.