White Honami captured in the wild, sized up against the iPhone 5

by XB on 14/08/2013

in Rumours, Xperia Z1


White Honami_3We have seen a number of leaked pictures of the Sony ‘Honami’ C690X, but this is the first time we have seen some in-the-wild pictures of the white version. To get a sense of scale, there is also a picture comparing it against the iPhone 5.

The pictures show the handset from a number of different angles including a side profile, highlighting a slightly thicker model versus the Xperia Z. That should be no problem to many if it does indeed house a 3,000mAh battery as previously rumoured. We also get to see the magnetic docking pins which sit adjacent to a port flap. The top of the handset is also shown revealing the open 3.5mm headphone jack.

In terms of imaging, the 20.7MP camera sensor is confirmed once again through the branding on the back of the handset (pointing to a 1/2.3-inch sensor with G Lens) as well a display shot of the UI confirming the same. We look forward to finding out more at IFA on 4 September.

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  • Ben Ling

    Nice :)

  • SonyFan

    WOW looks nice…
    bezels could be smaller but its okey

  • Lolzer

    Shit. That fugly bezel at the bottom.

  • lovebmw

    why is the 2.5 jack not covered? is it not water proof?

  • Stanley Lu

    Xperia Z+ !

  • lolsomany

    i want this transparent on my L

  • lovebmw

    yup i say the same thing! this is not completely different

  • littlesuzie12

    Looks pretty good…I think it looks much better than the xperia z

  • Clarence Alvarado

    No IR blaster? WTF

  • asian101

    Looks a bit thicker than the Z. And the same beautiful minimalist design. Thickness is sacrificed, in order to hold a larger battery. Kudos to Sony, another Blockbuster!

  • Lolzer

    It is water resistant. Xperia Z Ultra have the same design, no covers at the audio jack.

  • lovebmw

    cool! but wait resistant or proof? resistant can’t be submerge in water!

  • Nameless

    Is this phone waterproof? Why the headphone jack is widely open?

  • lovebmw

    oh nooooo, you need to move your arm to the TV remote and press a button

  • lovebmw

    yes, no need

  • Salah

    AWESOME! September 4th not far away. I’ts a direct buy for me! A question for you guys.. When is the Honami scheduled for release in Europe?

  • Douglas Yapú

    its like xperia z ultra, that resists

  • Clarence Alvarado

    Device convergence. Duh.

  • christian miranda

    release the lte version in asia please

  • Than Ramile Dela Cruz

    still ugly for me IMHO

  • LancerEX

    IMO, I think the bezels should help you get a better grip of your phone especially when taking pictures. You might accidentally hit the on screen buttons if the bezel is too thin. :(

  • surethom

    Like the camera, but NO NO NO Sony STILL thick bezels so the phone will stil be Large, Thinner bezils so still 5″ screen but smaller more usable dimensions. :-(

  • LancerEX

    btw Sony please don’t forget to make a smaller phone with the same imaging power. :(

  • surethom

    The size bezels are Massive compared to the new Q3 & Q4 2013 phones, so still a massive phone. :-(

  • surethom

    So only 8MP (16:9 best dimensions for TVs / Laptops) so not to bad??

  • Sajid

    Dont like the edges :(

  • surethom

    Thank goodness its not, Im fed up of taking covers off & on.

  • Sajid

    Hope they announce 2 phones… Waiting for a sexy beast..! Its not sexy enough… Z looks more beautiful…

  • Rene Pedroso

    I guess there is no question about the bezel now from your previous post ”So what can we tell from the latest Honami leak?”

  • honglong1976

    Anyone noticed the G lens?

  • FracRowland

    And here is a pic that shows how the honami compare to the Z

  • FracRowland

    And here is another pic comfirmed that the honami can shoot 4k video

  • Guest

    That top and bottom bezels. :( Reminds me of Xperia V’s top bezels.

  • Purnama

    agree… that thick bezels exist for a reason..

  • Purnama

    are you drunk?

  • spade

    Yea, same here :/

  • FracRowland

    absolutely not
    the words on the bottom of the second pic says: sony next flagship honami has a 2mp Exmor R sensor and capable for 4K (4000×2000 res) video shooting

  • Sander Puus

    audio jack is waterproofed from the inside so it doesnt need a flap that’ll surely wear off in couple of months making phone ugly and not waterproof

  • Sander Puus

    can hold in 1m water for 30mins

  • Sander Puus

    there’s apps to avoid this kind of things to hide the onscreen buttons

  • tositem

    Nice design. Just hoping this omnibalance design will have its time period, or Sony will be just like the boring-look sammy. The thick bezel is OK for me, i believe it’s meant to ease us taking the pics, without accidentally touch the on-screen buttons. If it’s the final product, so it’s confirmed that there will be no xenon flash, but please Sony, make it short-pulse one, like one in Lumia 920 – can’t stand the long exposure of flash. The G lens, i guess, will deliver better pictures – even probably will not be as good as Lumia 1020, unless the rumored BionZ image processing does something like over-sampling process, the result will be a punch.

  • Sander Puus

    soo customers get this major upgrade to sony’s portfolio to buy and be happy for… and STILL there are these people who never satisfy and whine over every detail. There’s no such thing as a perfect smartphone( especially for the whiners)- get it

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    If this is all what is hyped up to be, then I might trade in my Xperia ZL.

  • Csoka Laszlo

    3.5 mm jack not need to be covered, only 2.5 LOL

  • Babylonbwoy

    Now only the price will tell us if it worth the wait or not!
    Bicolor frame confirmed as seen in sonyalpharumors leaks, not a bad thing.

    Nothing to do with the news but Hyetis plan to release a 41mpx smartwatch !

    http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/14/hyetis-crossbow-renders/

  • Sajid

    And what is this? :/

  • Wzzum

    I don’t know guys, may be it’s just me, but it doesn’t seem to feature a Triluminous display on those photos. It’s still early to say something, so let’s wait for the official announcement.
    BTW looks nice.

  • surethom

    Cheers, MASSIVE, why are all the bezels large, Sony should have made the side bezels smaller like the G2 & the bottom & top smaller.

    The Honami Should have been slightly smaller in height & width than the Z.

  • Sander Puus

    i think there’s some to do with the fact that the cam that took these photos is not so good or the blog drains the quality of uploaded photos so u may be mislead actually

  • egre

    because it’s so thick it should at least have more than what the thinner flagships from other companies are offering.

  • jangaleon

    i agree.. i think the xperia z is more attractive

  • Wzzzum

    Are there more photos or that’s all? Can u post them, pls?

  • XXper.

    Must be a reason for that… i don’t know… for larger battery or more space for the cam maybe?

  • SonySon

    20mp*

  • Wzzzum

    Microphone for video recording, but im not sure about that.

  • Yehaa Afandy

    if the screen still TFT maybe I will not buy it -_-

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  • Sajid

    yes i am not sure to…

  • Aspire5550

    This is exactly what i wanted to say to those who demand small close to none thin bezels. Using the arc, i sometimes do touch the screen accidentally with my palm, arc’s bezel aren’t thin fyi.

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    It uses the same screen as the Z Ultra which is the Triluminious display.

  • Arnob

    Xperia Z is a perfect phone for 2012
    Xperia Ion is a perfect smartphone for 2011

    Sony was always a year late.. they are now on time in terms of specs.

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  • Angus Marshall

    Ugly big bezels. Disappointed.

  • Phat-t

    A bigger BOOM for the speaker at the bottom

  • Cazador

    What the hell is going on with Sony’s security? With such track of leakages there won’t be anything new to present on 4 Sep

  • aligamz

    Every Xperia phone is starting to look the same. Looks like designers are running out of ideas.

  • Size Matters

    I’ts quite a bit bigger than the Xperia Z….. =(

  • Anonymous

    God DAMN IT!!!! Sony why do you keep making white phones with a black front??? Other companies can make full white phones with no problem!!! This is another Sony phone I’ve been waiting to buy but now I’m going to have to go with another brand.

  • Sajid

    Maybe for the big speaker…!!

  • http://myanimelist.net/profile/_Megatron_ Megatron

    People complaining about the bezels is funny since I’ve never heard anyone complain about the bezels on the iphone. This big bezel complaint is blown way out of proportion.

  • aligamz

    I’m with you on this one. Black front panels on white phones look pretty awkward. Got a white Xperia S myself, and I still can’t get used to the black front panel.
    White Xperia SPs are entirely white. Those look amazing.

  • caca

    I’m forever with Sony but I don’t like that the front is not always white.

  • ryq24

    After seeing this photos, people will be asking not about the Honami, but were can they get Minions wallpaper! :-)

  • Yehaa Afandy

    TFT Technology is bad Display , IPS is better but in viewing angle the black color graded to violet but still better than TFT

  • P9

    It also great if the codename is the xperia name, sound good ~xperia honami

    such like xperia yoga we call Z last time.

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  • ViTeK.

    Hmmm where is IR port? SimIlar that it’ll only for some markets such as Japan… (like on Xperia Z)

  • xperiancer

    IPS is a type of TFT buddy…

  • LancerEX

    which also consumes a part of the phone’s memory. :(

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  • Brian Byron De Guzman

    I dont mind having the same Omnibalance design across different Xperia devices since IT IS BEAUTIFUL. Not like the samsung design which sucks.

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  • xperiakita

    Wait for Xperia Honami Mini, please.

  • Emanuele Ciotti

    but the pictures do not show the speaker for audio and I hope I put the stereo speakers

  • Aspire5550

    Maybe there’s something more to show on the 4th of Sep? Who knows? Keeping my fingers crossed. :P

  • Carljn

    IPS, AMOLED, OLED and pretty much all other smartphone displays are TFT.
    You are referring to TN.
    The Honami is rumoured to use Triluminous, which has been praised on the Xperia Z Ultra as the best smartphone display, beating even the HTC One. Widest color gamut yet.

  • Aspire5550

    Yea, I was hoping for a picture that would show the bottom side of the phone as I was scrolling down.. Fingers crossed for the speakers at the bottom!

  • roeshak

    So big bezel it is. Think I’ll stick to Z thanks. Not really keen on a bigger phone with same display.
    Sony engineers need to sort out this big phone nonsense and fast

  • B( . )( . )BS

    No its not OK at all, Honami is such a thick phone and its bezels too fucking large.

  • azrull

    I wonder if this phone will also make a debut in GPE version – (Google Play Edition). The specification was not bad and quite impressive, but I also with people in previous comments which eager to see white front display. What happened to R&D in Sony? Lack of idea and aesthetic in design recently.

  • imgreat

    Thats where u stick your dick dumbass

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  • surethom

    Thats because the iphone is not a Massive phone, any phone that has a screen size bigger then 4.5″ Needs a ultra thin bezel like the G2

  • Emanuele Ciotti

    Yes I hope they are stereo speakers that you can at least come close to those of htc one

  • B( . )( . )BS

    Bcos they’re sony fanboys and really don’t care bout iphone

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  • Abdullah Robben

    I can take photos with my ZL without touching the screen at all

  • Raj Singh

    IPS is TFT display technology developed by Hitachi in 1996 to improve wider viewing angles. Just like other TFT displays, it also uses a thin film transistor (TFT) to control the light that passes through each pixel. The main difference is the crystal molecules in an IPS display move parallel to the display plane instead of perpendicular like TN displays. That reduces the amount of light that scatters in the matrix, which gives IPS displays the wider viewing angles. Keep in mind, IPS uses more transistors to control the crystals, which control the amount of light that comes in, which creates the colours our eyes see. But you need a stronger light source to get the same level of light as a TN display. That means it needs more power, which means more heat, more battery drain but that’s somewhat mitigated using LED backlights and/or other polarizers.

    So, like xperiancer said…

  • Abdullah Robben

    I can take photos with my ZL without touching the screen at all

    and you know how small bezels on the ZL

  • DrumPunisher

    Quit whining about the bezels already! Yeah, the Z is a bit slicker, but this is a camera focused phone, there’s going to be some trade-offs. If you want a thin phone, buy the Z and STFU.

  • Raj Singh

    Sony should have an IR sensor on every new Xperia they make. I really like being able to control the TV with my tablet. I’d like to do the same with my phone.

  • Knightpt

    yay! another phone with a pre-installed anti-shatter sheet that feels like cheap plastic over an otherwise gorgeous glass What a waste. shame :

    At least on the back we can clearly see the usual anti-shatter sheet on pic #3. not clear on the front tough.

  • theunnamed

    get the fu*k out of this site !!

  • theunnamed

    the just dont fu*kin think of buying it and get ur whining ass a sissy icrap

  • arcwindz

    Lol iPhone can make the bezel 0,5 thicker on both side than now and I can still handle it with one hand

  • arcwindz

    The waterproofing and bigger battery with the same flat thin design of xz, that’s why

  • Yasser Syed

    I see that they have taken the Z Ultra/Nexus 7 approach and made it easier to hold
    landscape by making the upper and lower bezels larger (for photography/Entertainment,
    no doubt).

  • ;rj;r

    i disagree because the galaxy s3 has white front bezels and it looks awful. with a black front, the bezels don’t look too obvious and it creates an illusion that the actual display size is bigger.

  • Ruan Rezende

    Ohh for God sake! I still can’t believe these bezels will be so fucking large! I was hoping for a smartphone as elegant as Xperia Z…I’m highly disapointed by these leaks! :(

  • y77ui

    At least Honami i1 has the worst dimensions for 5 inch phone EVER!

  • Cristi13

    20mp on that small sensor? You got to be kidding me. This won’t turn out well.

  • zerocools

    The Bezel complaint is just as nit picky as the viewing angle complaint.

  • http://myanimelist.net/profile/_Megatron_ Megatron

    I’m referring to the top and bottom bezels. And the girl is able to hold the phone in one hand with no problem so I don’t understand the complaints. Unless people all of a sudden hold their phone from top to bottom now instead of side to side.

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  • Doubleyoupee

    Those whining about bezels.. should’ve bought the ZL!!!

  • Fapples Christos Karadimas

    honami the best phone ever made

  • jokensy

    The Xperia Z is the worst ‘flagship’ phone this year! BAD viewing angle,BAD contrast ratio,BAD battery life,logo comes out when removing the screen protector (that’s a first) and the list goes on…

  • ChallangetobeAccepted

    Booooooooy, that is a lot of bezel. They could at least have put some buttons there.

  • Andrew Smith

    With all the stuff crammed into this phone, I would say bezels are definitely not a deal-breaker. Hear me out (a long passage ahead):

    People have to realize how much stuff goes into a phone now days and those almost bezel-less phones are an engineering marvel. You know what else is impressive? Sony managed to put one of the biggest camera sensor (after 1020 of course), other optical/camera hardware, better lens, impressive screen tech (triluminous), offer much more battery, improved speaker hardware/quality, improved cpu/gpu and still only needed an extra of 1.5mm space on side and 2.5mm on top compared with the Z. Now tell me if that makes a practical difference.

    And guess what, it managed to package all that in a water-friendly handset (and it is expected to carry a better IP rating than Z as well). Most water-resistance handsets currently available are either just mid-range or have to loose premium features to accommodate for size/price (a la Galaxy Active). All these numerous improvements combined, I am impressed they still seemed to fit it all in a premium looking package.

    However, bezels were not a priority and still are not above other factors in a smartphone, such as the hardware, screen quality, camera, internals, and even the design. Heck, an year ago, bezels are comparatively large yet no one seemed to mind at all. Apple, even in 2013 offers its best smartphone with huge bezels. As such, I am happy with Sony’s effort with Honami if all people can critique about it is it’s slightly larger than average bezels.

  • m sacha

    i thought it was f 1/2.0?

  • Folk Hellfang

    Does it still come in purple?

  • XperaiFan

    Bcos when the screen is off, it’s black ; and with the black front, it’s more beautiful :) (i agree). the last phone Sony that were full white, it’s the Xperia X10.

  • ;rj;r

    well if it sells, we can’t argue with success. if it does not, we can gladly tell ourselves and everybody around that thick bezels aren’t really a good idea.

  • miki69

    “Only” 8MP in 16:9 format – some oversampling perhaps?

    Cheers,
    Miki

  • Gitarooman

    think I read on esato that the thick bezel might be because it support the same touch screen tech as the ZU.

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  • AA

    Too big for me. I’ll wait for 2014 flagship.

  • surethom

    Same here, I waiting for the oppo n-lens with xenon flash

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  • manutd

    So it’s not water resistant?I see that the 3.5 mm jack has no cover!

  • bimmersonygasm

    I think Z2 because again it’s best of Sony in a smartphone.

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  • azzido

    So small lens and still LED flash… why Sony??? :(
    and why ther is only 8MPx 16:9 format?
    Where are bigger 16:9 formats??
    Who cares about 4:3?

    quite disappointed :(
    It had to be a cyber-shot phone but it seems it is not…

  • SC

    Sony got the bezels perfect on the ZL

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  • Yehaa Afandy

    thank you bro for explain

  • sXs

    lol it will be bigger than this…

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  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    It has waterproof nano coating just like the Z Ultra and the S4 active.

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  • http://nikolaovcharski.com/ Nikola Ovcharski

    Crazy!

  • Xperianss

    News on August 15, 2013 : goo .gl/QtZEzr

    Thanks…

  • Bader Aljedei

    Fatso !

  • B( . )( . )BS

    Mee too, goodbye honami

  • Drizzle

    I think it’s perfect. Hell, it even makes me reconsider buying a G2. But… the bezels. They really are a problem for me.

  • ZZCOOL

    and this is the z’s bezel compared to iphone 5

    http://www.v3.co.uk/IMG/450/254450/sony-xperia-z-vs-apple-iphone-5.jpg

    honami has thicker bezels why :( atleast have them as thing as z just why

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  • Drizzle

    I think I’ve decided, I’m just going to have to live with those bezels (dammit!). Its features and premium look along with it just being SONY, far outweigh the only con I see here: dem damn bezels. Oh, well, hurry up and come on!

  • bimmersonygasm

    With all the hype in the US about the Honami, this is the best time to penetrate the US market through subsidizing the Honami through at&t and tmobile Sony at release this time around. Please… pretty please….

  • ZZCOOL

    well i am sad and dissapointed i have been in the search for the perfect phone for several years xperia z was as close as i could get i hoped and wished that they wouldn’t touch the design of the xperia z as i doubted they could perfect it then came the z ultra even more beautiful than the z

    and now honami with THICKER bezels than the z just why why would they do such a thing

    i guess i should give up searching for the perfect phone as i will never find it the z was as close as i could get just the screen and hardware lacked

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  • HM

    How is it perfect if you don’t like the bezels?

  • B( . )( . )BS

    Ok i got it but still hope that one day Sony will discover a better solution which improves huge bezels.

  • Jordan Lee Rivera

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh Maravilloso jajajajajja

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    What’s with all the whining about Bezels?
    I personally do not like thin bezels because handling it will be cumbersome FOR ME. Bought a case for my Xperia ZL so I can handle it better and without accidentally dropping it. The Honami might be perfect for me and if all the hype about this phone is good then by all means I will trade in my ZL for this.

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    Because the Anti Shatter film (not a screen protector, mind you) was not meant to be removed.

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    I’ve seen the Z Ultra in real life and it is on par with the SLCD3 found on the HTC One.

  • moca

    I want the 3 androids buttons on the bottom of the bezel, NOT on the screen !!!!!
    Like old time !

  • Artelltyx

    Can’t wait to see the full specs and the hands on …
    btw, does anyone know if Sony would make something like X1 and X2 again with android or wp maybe???

  • Archdragoon

    Did it have s-master mx ?!

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  • FracRowland

    I believe it is noise-cancelling mic for phone calling
    maybe uses as mic for video shooting as well

  • hans

    Same display? Isn’t it a Triluminos one? About Bezel, nah i don’t care about it, to be comfortable, you have to have the ZL dimension. Z one, is too big for me so extra bezel won’t take some point from it, at least the screen rigidity is guarded by some extra bezel.

  • Shine Torres

    Hello I’m not going to whine about the bezel I’m just going to let you know I as of most people are not going to buy it because so Hello Sony are you listen!! I’ll triad the waterproofing for compact any day.

  • Shine Torres

    No I think the guy is just obsessed with rectangles Japanese are weird and we know that there’s not much we can do but hope for a new designe to come in 2014

  • Shine Torres

    Agreed it’s probably just a gimmick to sell to more fanboys give me a smaller bezel but a bigger camera sensor please

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  • Mac

    Man it just can’t be that tall! Skip being so thin and add a bit of thickness just for making the camera bigger and put it in the middle upper part and not like this..
    I mean c’mon same screen size as the Z and it’s 2 big 2 handle with one hand so Homani is going 2 be a phablet with 5″..
    A bit thicker, top and bottom bezels half of the size it is now and 4.6″ is enough! Please

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  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    Battery capacity has been increased so this might be the reason.

  • ayush

    Dont see bezel. Look at 20.7 mp camera snapdragon 800 2.2 ghz. Andreno 330. Triluminos display with x reality bravia engine 2 441ppi. New sony ui waterproof ip55/58 android. 4.2. G lens. Bionz processor. Exmor rs cyber shot. Its really built upon the best of sony

  • Drizzle

    Besides that lol.

  • CK

    yes, looking at the first pic, the top and bottom bezel of ip5 is just about the same size as honami. but ip5 only have a screen size of 4″, meaning the screen-bezel ratio is even worse than honami. and yet i never hear anyone complaining the thick bezel on the iphone3/4/5?

  • Karan Wolverine

    For all the a$$holes who are shouting about bezels, PLEASE read this comment.
    Honami has the same amont of bezel as the iPhone5 and you people r so blind that u can only see the large bezels in honami!!! and ohh iPhone5 has 4 inch display with 1+1 inch bezel. compared to that honami has 5 inch screen with 1+1 inch bezel. It totally makes sense comparing the screen size and bezel ratio.

    They are not fools to simply extend the bezels, the upper side of the phone resides a massive 1/2.3″ sensor and open 3.5mm audio jach which is water resistant. This is what calls for the bezel. Compare the same in 1020. That thickness is like hell and sony has made that thick sensor(ok half the size) fit in that 10mm body with such a beautifull design. With all those hardware under the hood, obviously it needs more space than what sony have made now.

    For the lower bezel, u people are comparing it with XZ. XZ didnot had the speaker grill unlike honami. and that too it has fitted there in only extra 1.5mm. Be happy for that and yeah, the audio chip as well.

    For the one who said ‘Sony was never in the game’, hell yea, sony was never in the game of creating bull$hit phones, cheating the customers, giving cheap phones with plastic which has no premium look. All these specifications with water resistance and that beautiful design!!!!! you have to thank sony.

    If you still wanna troll on this phone after reading all this, haters, go to your samdung or windog forums and troll. Please keep this site clean.

  • Billy de Fretes

    big bezel is not the problem but f/2.3 is the main problem.. how can you challenge 1020 even S4 & G2 with f/2.3 not 2.0 / 1.8

  • josesl16

    Examples turned out to be great, not to mention compression software is fixed~
    And for the comment below(or above?) me, are you trying to defy physics? lol.

  • Billy de Fretes

    yes, bezel actually not a big deal.. but i think with f/2.3 sensor is not good enough. it should be around f/1.8-f/2.0 unless g lens provide better image in low light

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  • NaimeShirou

    Yesss!! My Next phone. Spec Is ..d(><)b . Confirm No Regret Maaaa~

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  • Rob

    S4 Active seems to have some problems when it gets water in there though. Keeps detecting headphones being plugged in, so audio won’t route to earspeaker..

    Haven’t heard about any such issues on Z Ultra yet, but then again thats fairly new :)

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  • Purnama

    opss.. sorry… when i reply your comment above, there are no images… so i though you were drunk… :p

  • m sacha

    thats a Z you fob

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  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    If they are talking about the sensitivity for the stylus input, then they maybe wrong because all Sony did was bump up the sensitivity.

  • Lilyf Tirack AddmePlease

    like your ass

  • https://twitter.com/rgxVOiD naathaanS

    Why? I don’t understand people complaining about the thicker bezel. They change it from plastic to aluminium so it’s stronger, enforce the entire chassis also to make it stronger yet people are still complaining about it. The glass frame is probably the same size, what made it thicker is the aluminium frame around it

  • https://twitter.com/rgxVOiD naathaanS

    ITT: People hates thicker bezel = stronger phone. And then bitch about how weak it is when it got small bezel

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  • jag

    define huge.

  • jag

    all of the people who said that it was ugly then will be saying “wow” after they see the real deal will be punished. haha!
    kidding aside, please judge after they launched the phone. whining about such leaks is not sane at all.

  • Siiic

    Indeed. Why don’t they just use gorilla glass?

  • Sane

    Nope, the glass frame is bigger too. Check the comparison pics between honami and Z.

  • jag

    people nowadays are focusing on “bezels”.

  • Rob

    “and this is the z’s bezel compared to iphone 5″

    He never said it was anything else..

  • m sacha

    yeah sorry just read it properly, cheers buddy

  • Drizzle

    It’s just something that stands out on a device this big.

  • Cristi13

    That picture wasn’t as good as you might think (it had details like a 13mp not 20mp). I tell you it will be xperia s all over again, too many mp on a small sensor, resulting, lots and lots of noise.

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  • Mac

    Yeah but still, I mean increase the thickness instead.

  • Mac

    Don’t want 2 be hating but If u make it not so freaking tall, make it thicker, replace 5″ screen with 4,6″ or Okay let’s say 4,8″, as long as it not bigger than Z. Add IR and Walkman chip then it’s the best of Sony! But that’s just me tho.

  • faggot

    No one gives a flying fuck if the bezel is not non-existent like what you apparently want it to be.

  • faggot

    it is just you…faggot

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  • RobbaSHanks

    didnt they know the xperia z design was damn near perfect??? why the fuck did they do this? terrible. and you put grey on the sides??? the boader looks like a damn bumper case… smfh sony. i thot i was gonna have something to brag about

  • RobbaSHanks

    people wanna pull something sexy out their pocket. Not this Bull shit. The Z had the perfect design. the boarder looks like a damn bumper case now. This phone will only be for fanboys.

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  • surethom

    Which is a very good thing

  • surethom

    So True.

  • H. Daniel Cruz

    I hope they also come with a Xperia HonamiL version :) … then I’ll be very excited

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  • Ruan Rezende

    The battery does not justify the huge bezels. Look at LG G2 and you will understand.
    Camera sensor would justify only the raise on thickness.
    Xperia Z is also waterproof and don’t have the bezels so large. It could at least maintain the same bezel size as Xperia Z, unless it really has a higher IP.

  • roeshak

    That’s all very well indeed but size does matter.
    Most people don’t want something bigger than average and right now, Sony is putting out the biggest phones on the market. I know and understand that using glass, they can’t compete with Samsung and LG for dimensions but that much bigger than the Z. Common!!!! If it’s because of better speakers then please give me crap speakers anytime. Who in their right minds needs loud external speakers on a phone anyway, apart from those who just wanted to heap praise on HTC for no sensible grown up reason.

  • roeshak

    It’s not ugly, just big. Sony needs to address this size thing because it’s bordering on ridiculous now. LG have just announced a device with a 5.2 inch display which is 5mm shorter than Sony’s honami. It’s narrower too.
    Wonder whatever happened to the ZL design language.

  • roeshak

    Sorry but making the device thicker would address all the points you’ve raised. The trouble is there’s some senior joker or jokers on the design team that thinness is more important than surface area.
    Well news flash!! They are FLIPPING WRONG

  • LancerEX

    Then good for you. Can’t say the same for everybody else. Maybe Sony just want their users to have an easier experience since it will be bigger than the ZL (a bigger battery could be the cause).

  • ZZCOOL

    if sony stops with square shaped phones i will leave the sony brand in terms of phone

    i fell in love with the xperia z because of the design it is all about design to me if sony suddenly makes a flagship phone as round as the galaxy phones then i won’t touch that phone i want square shaped phones with a minimalistic sleek design

  • James

    I think if this phone is scale down to 4.6 inch screen then i will get it.

  • InspectorGadget80

    Iphone is still the smallest phone in the world next too the 5″ of the Honami. and it’s outdated

  • josesl16

    Oh well, but, are you seriously comparing the Honami with the crap of camera from Xperia S? Even the Xperia Z Honami Port already showed a big improvement.

  • Mohammed Khired

    agree man , i already see the Z as big phone , now the new one is even bigger ?!

    the ZL has a perfect size , fuck the glass design , fuck the water resist Bullcrap

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  • Red Salmon

    Are you stupid? You ask for 3 capacitive buttons and put up a picture of a phone with 4. How low is your IQ that you cannot even count?

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  • Shine Torres

    No one ever said in here that they like the iPhone and besides its a small phone it can afford to have a bit of a bezel but a phone this size can’t really cause most people don’t have giant hands and pockets… Why is this so hard to understand?

  • Shine Torres

    I love the ZL but will wait until Sony comes out with a phone like the ZL that actually gets good reviews I own an Xperia T and I’m not in love with its tft display its ok but not great And the
    camera on both phones disappoint at times I’m not into phone contracts so if I spend my hard earned money again it won’t be by any thing they brought to the table so far.

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  • ZZCOOL

    i did some searching as the bezel is important to me

    considering the honami is sized up against the iphone 5 i wanted to know
    what what the z ultra would look like in the same size as the honami

    what i came up with is that the bezel of the honami is as thick as the htc one and that the ultra has the same thickness on bezel even though being double the size i don’t know what to say about that as the ultra has a perfect thickness on bezel will honami have visibly thicker bezels? i am just trying to figure out if this phone is for me

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/s403x403/1175183_10151748927316668_561221095_n.jpg

  • ZZCOOL

    yes here is the honami sized up against the ultra z not entirely accurate but you can see that the honami has rounder corners and slightly thicker bezels

    both have the bigger frame around aswell

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/q71/1174899_10151748956056668_1675077426_n.jpg

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    Very New Importan Sony Xperia SmartPhones firmwares this week:

    1.Xperia Z Ultra HSPA+ receiving firmware update build 14.1.B.0.475.

    http://goo.gl/XcYSJR

    2.Sony Honami is First Firmware build 14.1.G.1.493//

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    3.New Sony Xperia SP firmware version number (12.0.A.2.250)

    http://goo.gl/j8616m

  • Ashad Mamood

    You can’t reason with people like this. Say anything justified bad about Sony and they lose the plot! Lol

  • knightpt

    Why? because i don’t like one single feature of sony phones (the anti-shatter plastic film) and i express that on a free forum, even tough i absolutely adore my xperia Z and everything else that goes with it ?

    Blind Fanboy. Unless you are payed by Sony directly you don’t realy need to make this kind of blind defensive aproach of the brand.

    Stupid blind people.

  • xperiafan324

    I don’t get why people keep complaining about the bezels, it’s aluminium all around this time, plus they’re fitting in a 3000mAh battery in there. The skeletal framework that is so essential to the omnibalance design language, is the reason why we haven’t heard any complaints about shattered Zs ala iphone 4. The “bezels” are there to protect the precious screen, and with the Honami rumoured to have a WhiteMagic Triluminos display, I’d say that extra protection is worth it ;). I like having premium materials in my hand and not cheap flimsy plastic (even when Sony used plastic in the Z they used high-grade engineering quality glass fiber polyamide). The LG G2 is impressively bezel-less, but ask yourself this, based on the looks and design of the handset which would you prefer : The G2 or the Z? I’d pick the Z each and every time. You can’t go bezel-less if you’re not using some form of plastic, that’s probably why HTC went with a 4.6 ” screen in the One, because their aluminium unibody chassis probably stopped them from making a compact 5″ phone.
    Also to me, the quality of the external speakers matters a lot. It helps a lot when sharing a video with your mates, also I prefer listening through the external speakers of a phone for most of the time, so that I don’t have to worry about the earphones all the time. It’s only when I’m listening to some really good music that I plug in the earphones.
    So in closing, I’d say that I don’t give a crap about the ever-so-slightly larger bezels when we’re getting such a brilliant all-rounder of a smartphone.

  • salvo

    where is the speaker?

  • salvo

    no loudspeaker in this phone?

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  • lollicup04

    How the hell is the girl holding the phone like that in the 5th picture. It looks like her hand is inside the phone

  • UltIm4t3_Luk1

    “White Honami captured in the wild”

    … they probably used the Master Ball on it ;)

  • http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ Jonathan Morris

    Why is there no other 16:9 option beyond 8-megapixels? That’s a rather significant drop, as against 13 or 15/16MP in this mode. I generally take widescreen photos now, for online sharing (as against printing). I’m sure I would change, but I am still curious.

  • angpet

    All those who are bashing sony in this site are stupid americans whose apple company could never produce an entry specs smartphone except trash shit with only 640 pixel vga display, 8 oldie megapixel fixed camera shit crappy non multitasking ios , recycled rusted aluminum with ordinary glass, overheating circa 2000 cortex A5 dual slow core, whose only saving grace is the advertisement comprising of big pussy of americans.

  • angpet

    The chinese xiaomi is way decades in advancement than the crapply apple iphone5 and its cost only one tenth that of ishit now thats what u kol chinese are pooing on the americans because they build for apple the american god known as iphone5 from their shit poo and wewee so the american god is the sexy ass and dick of the chinese lol lol

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