Honami Mini on the drawing board with flagship specs?

by XB on 13th July 2013

in Rumours, Xperia Z1

Phones getting biggerDisplay size creep has been an ever present phenomena when it comes to Android smartphones. Manufacturers reserve their best spec-sheets for the biggest phones, which is something we’ve never truly understood. Given that most people still remember the phones of yester-year, which were arguably more ergonomic and certainly had better battery lives, we’re sure there is a market for ‘hero’ phones in a friendlier form factor.

Case in point, look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini which has a lower resolution display than the Galaxy S4 (qHD versus FHD), sports a dual-core processor versus the quad-core in the S4 and an 8MP camera (the S4 has 13MP). HTC is expected to do something similar, gimping the HTC One Mini with lesser specs versus the HTC One.

We would absolutely love to see a smaller phone (say 4-inches) with flagship features, however we don’t think there are any manufacturers brave enough to do this (including Sony). Cannibalisation is surely a big factor behind this.

This is why we take VR-Zone’s latest report with some scepticism. They are reporting that Sony is planning a ‘mini’ version of the upcoming Honami flagship. However, unlike the Galaxy S4 Mini and HTC One Mini, the smaller Honami will not be a diluted version of its bigger brother. VR-Zone reports that it will even come with the same Qualcomm 800 quad-core chipset.

We’ll wait to see what Sony has in store for us, but even if this Honami Mini doesn’t turn out to be true, we would love to see a brand new successor to the Xperia ray or Xperia SX. Great small phones and probably some of our favourites from the Xperia stable. September 4th can’t come soon enough.

Thanks DetmL, Domino, Preetam and ToharLalua!

  • Ghareeb Saeed

    Where is the Honami ?

  • mohammad1233214

    In my opinion I hate the ” MINI ” phones..

  • Jhonbert Magana


  • September 4
    And it’s “Where is Honami”, no “the” in there

  • Red Salmon

    Shut up and wait. If we knew, so would you.

  • zyzzyva

    No one get a joke? it’s ‘Honamini’

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  • Synonymous

    4.3″ still a good size for me to be called a mini. Goodluck Sony on IFA 2013.

  • Rizky Maulana

    how about “Homimmi” ?

  • Rizky Maulana

    4,7 (4,55 sony stadart panel XD ) or 4,3 it’s good enuf…
    love sony, love u full :*

  • Rizky Maulana

    “the where is Honami ?” <— like this ?

  • lovebmw

    Lets get the Honami first worry about its little brothers LATER DAMN IT

  • AA

    I want an Xperia S revised 2014 version. I just love the design of this phone.

  • paul_cus

    Something has to replace the Ray eventually.

  • Purnama

    Xperia Mini 2

  • TjaldidTjaldid

    you reported on this earlier a few months back

  • TjaldidTjaldid

    what about Mini-Honimi-Me…. no that doesn’t make sense http://www.bluestemprairie.com/.a/6a00d834516a0869e2017743ca82c8970d-800wi

  • Tech Gospel

    I hope this is true. I’m not fond of large screens but I know most people are. I’m hoping that instead of a low, mid, high phone price class… Sony just adopts a small, medium, large (identical specs except the screen) to cater to the higher end users instead. It’s not like their low end phones are selling like hotcakes anyway.

  • AsadMulla

    I think Arc was better. My personal opinion

  • VenetiCAT

    Omg that would be freaking great!!! That’s the only thing that stopped me from getting the Xperia z, it’s just too big.. 4.3 is perfect even 4.5 is ok if the spec is the same as the 5″ flagship.. But it has to be fairly thin like 9mm max and light too, maybe 140g tops, not like Nokia bricks

  • Jonny Agazao

    I have the Xperia S… good phone, shame about the jellybean update :/


  • Abdullah Robben

    “Honami” just like “Tsonami” it will destroy all the rivals

  • The same S800 chip? Take my non existence money!

    It’s pretty nice that they’re doing this. 2 phones that have the same spec but difference sizes so people can pick which size is best for them

  • Guest

    I love smaller phones, had the x10 mini pro, mini pro and would have got the U but it didn’t have sd function so skipped and went for the SP coz that’s as big as I’ll go, even that’s a stretch but I love the LED notification light (love it’s customisable colours, that’s why I hung on from getting the S, that and the update fiasco) and good enough specs for me, plus the long battery. I hope Sony make a smaller flagship, they seem to be growing, I hate the phablet sizes, especially with my small hands and face aha. I understand why as its a bigger demand and Sony are trying (successfully) to challenge the other companies but Sony are also known for their niche markets (I love my Vaio). I think Sony making a top spec small phone will surprise other companies and may even start a trend, people would flock to the phone.

  • NO.

    Large screens rule! Small screens suck!! We don’t want mini Honami!!!

  • It is spelled Tsunami.

  • Maulana Yusuf

    Then it will be Hanomi campbell

  • Steve Pony

    Hm, 4 inch phone with flagship features? That’s an iPhone, guys! Don’t day it didn’t exist. At least one thing you guys concede to Apple in doing right!? ;-)

  • AluGa

    5″ inch full hd display with thin bezels is the greatest for me.

  • KimiYE

    Own a Xperia Ray and always want to have a small-screen phone with the same flagship-spec. It would be wonderful if the news turns out to be true.

  • Pepsi Boi

    Moto X may comes with 4.3″ screen, amazing specs and very good looking, Thx google that ‘s what I dream about a long long time.

  • Amed Josinski

    Yes 4.3″ is good size and would be great if Honami Mini has QWERTY Keyboard.

  • solano

    Mini should be with a screen size under 4″! Let’s say a 3,7 or 3,5″! The 3″er ST15i was a gorges looking and a very good phone! Not everyone wants a phone with a screen between 4″ and 7″.

  • SmallerXperia

    I would love that too!!!

  • Vasilis K.

    That’s good news. I love mini models, with flagship specs!

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  • Synonymous

    I’m not really a fan of QWERTY but I hope Sony doesn’t disappoint me this time with there midrange. I mean, all of there midrange have this VGA front cam & 8GB internal! Xperia ZR, SP, V have all great proccessing power but why put VGA & 8GB Sony? It’s time to raise up the midrange specs!

  • blurb8


  • Tech Gospel

    Yes, but I don’t want iOS. I tried it, was cute. Switched and never regretted it. I’m primarily a Mac user but I can’t stand the iOS line.

  • Tech Gospel

    The xperia ray was my fav. was just underpowered. Should be bumped up to 3.5″ 16:10 at 7mm w/ an S800 chip and qHD display.

  • Mohammed Khired

    It’s the perfect size!

  • Mohammed Khired

    Arc is much better

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  • seb

    If you use your smartphone primarily for calling and writing sms you don’t need a big screen and you don’t need cutting-edge specs.
    On the other hand, if one wants to play games, surf the internet on his phone, or do other things that desire great specs, a large screen is just more convenient. And last but not least great specs often need huge batteries that fit better in larger phones, especially if the phone is super thin.
    So for me it is totally reasonable that good specs come with large phones

  • Carl-Johan Nilsson

    A dual-core cpu at 32nm manufacturing technology? The 1400mAh battery? Slightly above qHD screen?
    No, the only thing that’s high quality on the iPhone is the build.

  • P9

    and sony should also make yuga mini (z mini) as well.
    I own a xperia lww & I really love to see WALKMAN based xperia successor much. bless u sony. :) love.

  • P9

    xperia micro. :D

  • spatch

    The Xperia Mini is still my favourite Sony Ericsson handset ever. High specs in a small package cannot be beat.

  • jake

    U have tx there =/
    And sp/zr seem like have some of the s design there .

  • Ghareeb Saeed

    LMAO you guys are mad! I don’t know why.

  • Gregorian

    Fun watching companies following the trends.
    Others do giant phablets… Sony does one.
    Moto is coming out with a smaller phone… Sony….

    It’s a constant jockeying for space. Trying to get your phone noticed in whatever space is trendy at the moment.

  • Ben Lim

    Me too. I love my ray and I love to see its successor

  • Twit Gadget7

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  • Steve Pony

    Well, I don’t know too much about CPU’s. I just know as much, that not too many apps use 4 CPUs at one time. Same thing with computers. Isn’t it so? And I mean I never, ever heard anybody say the iPhone 5 is to slowly for doing something? Or am I wrong?

    And about battery life: I switched from iPhone 3GS to Sony Xperia V and this battery has 1750mAh. But: USELESS!! My battery is empty after half day. I can’t leave the house without a spare battery when I’m going to be far from a plug all day. So don’t tell me iPhone’s battery life sucks. Man, my three year old iPhone 3GS lasted longer than my brandnew Sony Xperia V. That SUCKS. I don’t care about numbers, I care about what I experience. And that is iPhone’s battery life is GREAT compared to Xperia V and Z!

    Nevertheless iOS has too many bugs nowadays so I would be willing to pay that high price. This is why I switched to Android. Same amount of bugs, some advantages, some disadvantages but I saved $400. ;-)

  • Babylonbwoy

    “This is why we take VR-Zone’s latest report with some scepticism.”

    Funny that now they say they don’t believe the rumor is true! Good find!

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  • flagshitXS

    yeah for white I like the S but for black it’s Arc

  • Moto X is a midrange phone, like the Xperia SP. What the SP has is the Adreno 320, doubt the Motorola has this.
    Honami mini is a flagship device.

  • Tom

    Thank you for writing this. One day Sony will pull their heads out of their asses.

  • AA

    No I don’t think so. SP is not nearly as good looking as S.

  • HardyHarHar

    Large screens rule but Xtra Large screens suck more than small screens! Want a Xtra Large screen? go get a notebook or a tablet. Phones are phones they should fit in our pocket and does not make you weird holding a giant slab in your ear when you call. And please don’t bring up the headphone thingy what if you don’t have a headphone on you?

  • Nguyen Eazy

    and Togarini?

  • Twit Gadget

    The moment that change your life : http://tny.cz/1c5f66b3


  • Killian Khoo

    Well , the main reason for the battery suck…
    Probably is Android itself and not Sony Xperia V bad …

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  • NiceAss

    100000000000% agree 4.3″ is the best and perfect size for phone, big screen is ridiculous.

  • Jaywalker

    They better do something about the noise in the pictures. And to increase the contrast or put some manual settings that can be saved somehow. Who cares if the camera has 50 MP if the pictures are medium level or worse?

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  • Paul

    The Ray was just like an mini version of the Arc. And except HDMI and a real camera flash, it didn’t compromise on other parts.
    I know, not everyone is fond of screen size of 3.3″, but i love it. Show me another “widescreen” smartphone that fits into the small pocket of a jeans…
    I think it should be possible to create a device in the 3.3″ – 3.7″ size range, with a Qualcomm 200 (the updated version with much better GPU) or 400 chipset.

    Compared to the Ray, all of those so called “mini” versions nowadays are still giants, heh.

  • Paul

    S800 probably won’t be possible in such a small size, but the newer S200 (with better GPU) or S400 could fit.
    Don’t forget, S200 would be HEAPS of improvement in computing power compared to the original, and in my opinion, just enough for such a size.

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