Sony’s upcoming ‘Honami’ sized up against the Xperia Z

by XB on 25th July 2013

in Rumours, Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, Xperia Z1

Honami_Camera_1Earlier this week we posted some new images of what looked like credible images of Sony’s upcoming flagship, codenamed ‘Honami’. Well some new images have surfaced from the same website, Gadget Helpline, that show the same handset sized up against the Xperia Z (C660X). As you can tell from the first couple of pictures, both handsets have a very similar design, although Honami appears to be a little longer.

A number of additional images show some of the camera user interface, most of which we have seen previously. One screenshot shows the various camera modes including Superior auto, Manual, Timeshift burst, Picture effect, AR effect, Info-eye, Social live and Sweep Panorama. Another couple of pictures shows the AR effect (Augmented Reality) mode in action. Check out all of the pictures below.

Sony Xperia Honami

Sony Xperia Honami

Sony Xperia Honami

Sony Xperia Honami

Sony Xperia Honami

Sony Xperia Honami

Via Gadget Helpline.

Thanks David and Thomas!

  • lovebmw

    like the z was not big enough! i dont know its kinda BIG

  • Ben Ling


  • Reza

    The sides looks much like Xperia V

  • Design

    Still liked the Z’s design better…
    Oh well, wait for 2014’s flagship.

  • Roy

    I like the size. My Z has just about reached the maximum size I’d allow myself to carry, bigger is not better.
    They have similar front which is good, but I was expecting the back to either be premium glass build like my Z or with a CyberShot style camera lens.
    Things can change still, let’s hope for the best.

  • Roy

    The speakers re-positioning was a great move. I just hope they get better water resistance with this new design. I read some complaints about how the speakers would temporarily sound muffled due to water intake on the Z.

    I’m not sure of this as I have not put my Z to the test ;)

  • Sanoj

    The size is ok but Xperia Z is a bad viewing angle we hop Sony going to fix on Honami

  • DrKrFfXx

    In case you confused things up, Honami is bigger.

  • MarkLastiwka

    Is the Xperia Z wider, narrower, or same size? If the Honami is taller, but the width is the same, either the screen will be larger or the bezels will be. I wonder, but Xperia Z is already at the top of the limit for me. The Honami would be fine taller so long as it was narrow enough to be used one-handed.

  • Roy

    To be honest, I really don’t get the fuss about viewing angles. I never had any problems with viewing angles on my Z at all. Besides, what kind of use would require one to view the display from an angle?!
    This is not personally directed at you, but I find this argument utterly invalid.

  • Roy

    Exactly how I feel.

  • Roy

    I did not, I saw how “bigger” it was and it’s almost not at all. An acceptable difference I must say.

  • DrKrFfXx

    Oh, OK, but little by little well get to 6″ as the standard size :S

  • Anonymous

    Sony, please make the white version of the Honami white all the way (even the front). Thanks!

  • Roy

    Well, I hope Sony start selling pants too, because the pants I have, except for a couple eccentric Halloween-meant, can not handle 6″. I simply have no pockets for this.
    I already feel like i’m carrying a plate in my pockets with the Z at times, specially when I use tighter pants.

  • Roy

    Well, the display will be black when off no matter what. If the display takes up most of the front, all you’d get would be a white frame. Do you think that’d look good?!

  • Izamanaick

    I just saw this on XDADevs and was on my way to tell you guys. Anyways, looks nice. Shame about the bezels and the bluish-grey sides of the phone. I don’t mind if the bezels are above or below the screen – as I use it in landscape a lot – but if they are on the sides they look really bad. The white variant probably won’t have that though. September just couldn’t come any faster.

  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    Yak, it’s ugly like Xperia ZR with those bezels

  • Mercast

    You need to have your eyes checked if you think these phones are ugly

  • Mercast

    Any price info or when it’s gonna hit the stores?

  • Sphyro

    still dont believe about the latest tech triluminos display ? i suggest u to search about it thank u :D

  • Sphyro

    at the early rumours says honami will hit on USA market at september :)

  • Sphyro

    i think a mm size bezel is not a big problem at all :)

  • Mercast

    Guess it’ll come to Europe at November. Thanks. :)

  • Sanoj

    I’m not complain that you should compare with s4 and one so I said improve the viewing angle.The other social network review say XZ is a power pack phone but disappoint with bad viewing angle.I’m also using XZ My friend using S4 he is irritate me to say u had a bad view i’m big hater of plz Sony can fix on Honami

  • Sanoj

    Thanks bro

  • Joshua Perez

    2nd Gen Xperia Z is too big as it it without even taking the phone covers in consideration. :S looks cool though.. dont see the fuzz either with the highly anticipated camera specs. i mean come on, most of us mortals don’t really need higher spec than 13 megapixel as were only going to upload it on facebook anyway.

  • Karl Soong

    I don’t like the front by white? because it looks ugly and user can not look the display clearly. so the black front is a good idea by SONY designer.

  • Navi J

    Yeah i’m so sad with Honami’s design, the bezzel on the bottom is too large.
    Oh c’mon the Sony we used to know can do much better than this!

  • jmcomms

    Will the new camera features require the additional power of the Snapdragon 800 CPU, or will we see these things officially, or unofficially, ported down to the Xperia Z and even other models?

    The screen that showed a 20MP camera mode still intrigues me. I doubt the phone itself has this sensor, nor does it have a Xenon flash. In fact, the camera might be the same camera (or an update) of what we have in the XZ. I am still wondering what the really ‘killer feature’ will be on this – it can’t just be a faster CPU and bigger battery (and bigger as a result).

    Will this be supporting the clip-on/stick-on camera that was speculated recently? If so, I wonder how it will work, and how the media and general public will take to it.

    It has to have something ‘killer’ beyond a new skin and updated camera features, especially if the Z Ultra will have a lot of these things too.

  • AsadMulla

    it a matter of opinion

  • SeaTHX

    The display issue already been fixed with the new Xperia Z Ultra…

  • Domagoj

    Z: 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

    Honami:144 x 73.9 x 8.3 mm

  • Ambroos

    20MP internal camera is 100% sure, but there won’t be a Xenon flash.

  • m sacha

    how the hell would you hold the phone with the bottom bezel being small? just think about that for a second. i guarantee you will be complaining that your accidently pressing the home and back button because the bezel is so tiny. ergonomics 101…

  • jmcomms

    Is it just me or is that going to struggle in anything but optimal lighting? Hope I am proved wrong!

  • Babylonbwoy

    Which button is it that we see in pics 4 and 5 at the top left looking like the power button ?

  • Ambroos

    Same sensor as the HX50V ;) Ofc the lens will be different so it’ll perform slightly less good than the HX50V.

  • Babylonbwoy

    This one

  • jmcomms

    Cool. I’m sure I’ll get one regardless. :-)

  • SonyFan

    News about Updates: ? Xperia S , ion , Acro S , P , SL wont get 4.3!!
    Xperia T,TX,TL and V will get it…but not earlier than october

  • MarkLastiwka


  • ChrisH

    I have some question, the ZL is my first Sony Android. My last device was a Galaxy S2. The ZL is a very well device but is it normal that the ZL is getting hot in the backsite by only surfing by wlan? I knew this head by my S2 only by playing Games.

  • Ayo

    Xperia i1

    Experience the best of Sony in a huge bezel.

  • DUH

    Headphone jack.

  • Guest

    Looks good on my SP :P

  • Mint

    144 x 73.9 x 8.3mm
    139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

    Honami is 5mm longer, almost 3mm wider and 0.5mm thicker than Z.

    And many people already considered Z too big for its screen size. Sony is failing on this one.

  • 2Bad

    I’m afraid the white variant will only have a white back like the Z and the ZU.

  • DUH

    You know you’re a minority right? Most people prefer full white phones.

  • Anonymous

    Yes it would. If I’m gonna buy a white phone it should be white, not half-black, half white.

  • DUH

    I see people holding ZL with its tiny bezels just fine.

  • roeshak

    Honami is just plain bigger! Taller, wider and thicker. Not impressed at all with the design.
    I think all speculation that something truly special was in the offing is now dead!
    It’ll still be a candidate for best phone but it’s not the revolution that was rumoured.

  • roeshak

    speak for yourself!

  • Mint

    Delusional Sony fans are hilarious!!

    “Small bezels ftw!”

    *Honami leaks*

    “We need huge bezels so we can hold the phone more comfortably”


  • SonyFan

    and i think all these pictures we saw weren’t the real honami…i can remeber that sony wrote in their blog that they wont let pictures leak from phones that are not released yet…so this is the honami but in another design…the final product will be something else…

  • nidou bossy

    both looks identical both looks sexy and so fucking WANTED!!

  • roeshak

    I laughed out loud when I read your comment. That bezel is just huge! When you compare the bezels on honami to say the G2, you see just how huge it is.

  • Mint

    Yup that’s why pics of Z Ultra leaked a month ago. Keep on dreaming DelusionalSonyFan.

  • jake

    Yes , white frame is gorgeous on zr , tx , z and z ultra .

  • bored brainless fanboy

    Bitch please! Look at the Xperia ZL, its dimensions very cool, not only make a 5″ phone looks very elegant but also make it easier to use.

  • Umar Khan

    Also please let the GREY color like on SL be available , plus make the same color from front as well, i dislike black Z but had no other option as white is just white from back .

  • Umar Khan

    Dont think this is Honami, its just teh upgraded version of Z, just like Arc >> ARc S, S >> SL, also ZL is not the upgraded version of Z just FYI

  • DUH

    I am speaking for myself plus stating a fact. U mad?

  • Khalid

    NIce its beautiful
    there is one beautiful design in the youtube which very very very attractive but its an idea but if they make it, definitly it will beat the iphone and samsung


    people wanted thinner bezels me included

    so sony gave them the middle finger and made them thicker

  • arora

    Know it! you are such a narrow-minded person

  • SonyFan

    they said it for the “One Sony” product (Honami)

  • afzal

    Cant wait to see this on september… Bring it on sony….

  • Mei’

    If you guys love Bezel-less, please wait Meizu MX3

  • Mac

    Ayo, just hilarious! :D

  • Mac

    very disappointing size my friends.. just sayin’ -_-
    would have been a nice upgrade from my acro s but not so sure anymore.

  • Virkill

    Bezzel from all sides is very disappointed..

  • mrtrantastic

    It’s announcement isn’t even expected until september. Given the f*** up with bringing the Z to the states 6 months late, I can’t feel too confident on it showing up any time soon.

  • You’ve never seen Lumia 920 & 1020

  • Izamanaick

    What is your source?

  • Izamanaick

    That’s nothing bad. I actually prefer the front to be all black, regardless of the colour of the phone. Which is why I preferred the Z’s design to the ZL’s.

  • Mastermind

    dat dere bezel of peace

  • InspectorGadget80

    i just want too see the damn phone sony hurry up n release it. deciding this or the z ULTRA

  • Billy de Fretes

    if honami using z design but slightly thicker maybe 8.00-8.50 mm it still good for me but if honami equiped with large sensor and bionz image procesing (hardware maybe). and dual LED flash or xenon flash.
    i hope they implement better audio chip since xperia z sound not good enough (water proof effect).

  • rete

    hoy stop being a blind fan. you’re demeaning yourself. you know better. you just want to defend every action your idol does. we’re fans too but we keep our minds free of irrational biases.

  • m sacha

    Lol demeaning myself? Hahaha what the fuck. Please next time you say something how about you make some sense.

  • Nai

    Sony Honami Mini coming soon :)

  • Nai
  • Yong Jie Tan

    Was amazed with Sony’s design, what happened recently?

  • hans

    I actually agree with this. in order to support the idea of Sony i1 being a cameraphone oriented, those bezels make sense, because you will hold the phone more stable with it, so OIS or not, the grip will be much better. Plus, might be for keeping battery at 3000mah while maintaining thin proile.

  • cherry

    and sony fans forgot the samsung galaxy camera with almost an inch thick..

    how the fx do u make super-everything phone with ipod nano size? be mindful. -_-

  • Abdullah Robben

    I have an xperia zl and it’s bezels is awesome and never accidently press the home or back buttons

  • Abdullah Robben

    that’s normal, but not too hot
    my zl makes my hands sweat when playing games

  • Domagoj
  • JG

    Pretty depressing Sony. I think ZU is much better than this now unless…

  • An iPhone copy made by a Chinese company running Android? No thanks. I will buy Huawei and Lenovo phones over this.

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  • 21075

    Dont cry pussy

  • Babylonbwoy

    Ok, right it has no flap, wasn’t sure as usually it’s on the top right side…

  • GD

    Meizu is very popular in mainland china, this brand makes high quality products, Meizu smartphones are good friend of music lovers, Flyme UI is unique, beautiful and very very smooth. …that’s all i know.

  • Ashad Mamood

    Another screw up by Sony. They made the Z ultra way too big. Battery too small. Now this? The ZL is perfect size for 5″ screen. Samsung,LG and Moto X all got minimal bezels. When Sony gonna learn nobody wants 2-3cm bezels on top or bottom

  • Ashad Mamood

    Every company is minimizing the bezels as phones are getting bigger. Why make the phone an extra 4-5cm longer or 1cm wider if it can be avoided???? Latest Samsung,LG and even Moto X have very small bezels. Z Ultra is another device that could have been made smaller by minimizing the bezels.

  • Babylonbwoy

    Maybe but not comparable with Sony quality, and when you use a Sony ecosystem at home you want to stick with the brand.

  • m sacha

    i made your mum beg for it…

  • DUH

    Ya looki’n for s@uce??

  • amt

    How about a Honami in ZR’s dimensions?

  • Netto Dashius Hexareus

    I’m expecting that those bezels will be used to snap the external camera-on-lense that Sony has been preparing. If the rumours were true, then say your farewell to Lumia 1020 n S4 Zoom..

  • B(.)(.)BS

    I’m fucking weird, the last topic all sony fans attacked nokia in every ways, they said, nokia sucks, ugly design, pureshit camera.. etc or whatever but now why do they try to compare the Honami with that bad phone?

    what a shame!

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  • xyz

    Many people don’t understand physics. I’d rather have bigger bezela if it meqns a bigger battery.

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  • paul4id

    A better way to have a bigger battery is to make the device thicker, not to have big bezels.

  • Feanor

    Also a way to make a camera better is to make the device thicker, so I really don’t understand why this Honami is not 1-2 mm thicker than the Z and just as compact or more… The only thing I must admit is that we all want zero bezels but the truth is that without bezels thumb texting is a pain…

  • B(.)(.)BS

    You obviously haven’t tried licking your balls ;)

  • roeshak

    To be honest, this may very well not even be Honami. No other Sony device has had so many leaks. That may very well be because of the interest in the device but it certainly breaks from tradition in that regard.

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  • XYZ

    It has a considerably bigger battery, a larger camera sensor, better internal components and so on. Some times, its just not physically possible to make something smaller.

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  • Colby Leong

    I do like the edges of Honami more than the Z, too bad the glass on the Z that keeps it waterproof is a huge finger print magnet, but its worth it. I did hear that the new device might not be waterproof like the Z, I really hope that it is waterproof.

  • TBS266

    Dual sim and 4g??

  • Night of Xperia Z

    I still like Xperia Z.
    Xperia Z Ultra and Honami (i1) is design based on the Xperia Z.
    Xperia Z=Father and Mother
    Xperia Z Ultra=Big Sister / Big Brother
    Xperia i1 Honami = Little Sister / Little Brother
    Xperia ZR / ZL = Cousin.
    This is what I think about Z Family.

  • Omar B.

    I hope the honami will have a better UI and a lot of new feature, the storage will be available into 16 gb and 32 gb, the design and display also and the capacity of the battery.. I am hoping you will also improve everything.. Keep up the good work and god bless.. :)

  • DUH

    What do you mean ” the glass on the Z that keeps it waterproof”?
    It could be waterproof without the glass.

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