Could Honami be called the Xperia Z1 (Z One)? What would you call it?

by XB on 19th August 2013

in Rumours, Xperia Z1

Purple HonamiAs we get ever closer to the launch of the Sony C690X ‘Honami’, one of the few details that is yet to leak is the name. We’ve never truly understood Sony’s naming scheme, but what has been a pattern in 2013 is the use of the letter ‘Z’ in its more premium offerings.

We obviously have the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL flagships that started it all, since then Sony has added the 4.6-inch Xperia ZR and 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra. Therefore, it is probably no surprise to see that the upcoming Honami will have the letter ‘Z’ somewhere in its official marketing name.

DooMLoRD from xda-developers seems to agree, tweeting that the “Xperia Honami might be called Z1 (Z One)“. DooMLoRD has leaked official ROMs for Xperia smartphones in the past, so there is every chance that this may be based on credible information. Either way, what do you think of the name? Is it an apt name for Sony’s next hero Xperia smartphone? Let us know in the comments below.

Honami i1 L39h

Image via ePrice.

Thanks Ben and Nayagan!

  • call it the Xperia Jeff

  • Roy

    One is a pretty overused name now, (HTC One.Xbox One etc.) I would call it something like Xperia Z-2 or Xperia H (Honami), anything but “One”.

  • Jay

    Xperia i1 still sounds the best for now!

  • jake

    call xperia zx would be nice

  • Izamanaick

    It’s not a bad name but I’d rather call it the Xperia i1, though that does sound like something Intel or Apple or whathaveyou would make. Z1 could end up causing confusion w/ the Xperia Z.

  • Giannikosmo

    Xperia Z+ or ZS maybe!

  • Mario Bartolac

    They should change a page in their naming structure – I cant tell which phone is higher just by name – the M’s and L’s and SP’s. Nokia has this done better. So I’d call it Xperia well i1 i guess :)

  • Nabil

    Xperia Pro, Vaio Pro, Walkman Pro, Alpha Pro, etc … For their premium devices.

    Xperia Fit, Vaio Fit, Walkman Fit, Alpha Fit, etc … For their more average, mid-range, portable devices.

  • DrKrFfXx

    I just wish there was a Walkman PRO.

  • Yasser Syed

    2013 Q1 Xperia Z
    2013 Q4 Xperia Z1
    2014 Q1 Xperia Z2
    2014 Q4 Xperia Z3
    2015 Xperia Z4
    2016 Xperia Z5
    and soo on .

    My Vote for Z1 sound future proof an easy to ask for.

  • Izamanaick

    The thing is that the Xperia Pro has already been used and the “Pro” name usually indicates that there is a physical keyboard i.e. Xperia (x10) Mini Pro, txt Pro and Xperia Pro.
    The “Fit” name would go best with a phone built around fitness or durability e.g. Xperia Active, Xperia Go, G Zone Commando, but other than that, I agree. It would follow the whole “One Sony” mantra and would give sense to their nomenclature.

  • Harut Hajin

    Xperia I or Xperia H


    silver frame :( i wanted black

  • James T. Piramide

    Better call it Xperia i1 Honami so the next flagship will name accordingly Xperia i2 Honami, i3 and so on…

  • Babylonbwoy

    It already exist at Sony, I remember because I badly wanted it when younger but couldn’t afford it at that time… Would be strange to give that name again… It was Sony CMD-Z1

  • Bader Aljedei

    Hon’ami K?etsu (??? ???, 1558 – February 27, 1637) was a Japanese craftsman, potter, lacquerer, and calligrapher, whose work is generally considered to have inspired the founding of the Rinpa school of painting.

  • Babylonbwoy

    CMD-Z1 Plus, easier to see the name on this one, in the top right of display.
    I don’t mind giving the same name when it is a kind of “hommage” to an older model but these two,Z1 and Honami, has nothing in common.

  • Jon Zliver

    I would call “Xperia G”

  • Herman

    How about naming the cameraphone lineup from Sony the
    Sony Xperia Cybershot?

    They can easily make a next version called the Cybershot 2.
    Or even a Cybershot Ultra, being a cameraphablet :)

  • Michael Hofmann

    Xperia Z5 (as in 5″)

  • John-Mark Christmas

    It should be Xperia Z2 as the Xperia Z was the first ONE. Then continue from there on.

  • Bader Aljedei

    Xperia Fatso !

  • Andres Caballero

    I would keep “Z” so finally we got a high end family like Samsung with “Galaxy S” but waaay far better! :)

  • Tangent Lin

    How about i7? :)

  • Folk Hellfang

    I remember when that phone was the hotness.

  • It’s not big of a surprise honestly. They called their laptop that too, Vaio Z range

  • ODX

    Xperia Honami would be best

  • Zayed Kotayba

    Xperia ZX Sound Good

  • MXW

    Xperia Art, Xperia OZ :P Z1 is fine but for the honamini z1 mini sounds meh.

  • shanefalco

    “Z shit” is the best name! ;)

  • @atWidget

    And “Xperia B”? (for Xperia Bezel) XD

  • siber storm

    Please no more lame ass names that sound extremely generic or sounds like an existing phone. No more singular letters and numbers. Either stick with a boring but definitive numbering scheme like Nokia, or a unique name. What is wrong with the Sony Honami? Are they afraid some people won’t be able to pronounce it or spell it? Have a bias against the Japanese sounding name? It already has the word SONY in front as it is. Because existing naming schemes for Sony and many other phonemakers are lame and confusing and hard to search and differentiate from past models. Stick with Honami.

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  • mountain

    Why don’t they just call it Z plus C1 instead? (If any one get what I mean)

  • ayush

    Sony Xperia z advance

  • nidou bossy

    sony is missing the past and would like to bring back the 90’s names!

  • imgreat

    Xperia Dick Z maybe

  • nidou bossy

    do you remember the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and the first Xperia that was launched in 2008

    today’s gen are, Z, ZL, ZR… or i1 i2, Z1, Z2…etc

    all is chained!

  • Kaloyskie

    I was planning on buying honami upon its release. But because it does not have any significant feature (hware/sware) than previously released flagships this year, I am reconsidering of waiting next yr’s flagships. Remember, sony just released 4K feature and it’s possible that 2014 flagships will have it.

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  • Sony should, sometime, use their prototype name as an actual name (maybe have 2 prototype names). Most of their prototype name sounds way better than the final name lately.

  • Tech Gospel

    I would ditch the number all together and just do what car manufacturers do… classify by year of release. the 2013 Xperia Z… next is the 2014 Xperia Z… etc… That’s why Apple dropped the number in the iPad… was getting weirder the higher you go. Their letter naming is a great idea, they just have to organize it better since there doesn’t seem to be any hierarchy in the letters.

  • Mac

    Haha x)

  • Mac

    I think if the Honami is a new phone then i1or just xperia H (Honami) but if it is just a refresh over the Z then Z1.

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  • plekenut

    How about… Sony Xperia Rocks 1, Sony Xperia Rocks 2,… and so on :D

  • mustafa

    The problem is that when there’s a next one, people expect waay more from it, and if it isn’t then it gets bashed

  • mustafa

    That’s the point, so it doesn’t make any of their phones sound bad

  • ClioCreslind

    Only if it can transform into an awesome looking plane.

  • Abhay Singh

    I would go with ” i1 ”

    That sounds great .. ‘Coz it sounds similar to ” I wanna “

  • HardyHarHar

    How about Xperia Z Ro :)

  • Amsakanna

    It is a camera-centric phone. Hence the name “eye one”

  • Purnama

    how about no?

  • jangaleon

    i agree.. odin and yuga rocks.

  • xperiafan324

    i1 should be reserved for a proper Cybershot Xperia imo. Honami is turning out to be a brilliant all-rounder, but in no way would Sony want this to be compared to dedicated bulky camera phones. That’s why it’d be smarter for them to put this as a successor to the Z, since that was the original “best of Sony in a Smartphone”. Besides, Sony’s in the ZOne with this one so why not call it that. ;-)

  • xperiafan324

    That’s assuming you don’t take Xperia Z as Xperia Z 0 (zero).

  • ryq24

    Xperia ZZ top!

  • ruba

    Sony Xperia 1, Sony Xperia 2, 3, 4……
    The beggining of a new flagship era Xperia

  • shazii

    sony xperia z phone,tablet,or laptop or need a led bravia Z a perfect combination by sony

  • ClioCreslind

    Sadly, not all of Sony is embodied in this phone yet, at least the playstation, and likely Walkman elements, are still missing, which honestly should have been there.

    If Sony finally rolled out a product with all of Sony’s best rolled into one, I’ll suggest naming it ” (the) Perfect Xperia 2012″.

  • m sacha

    Sony Xperia x1

  • SinaKing

    No Way Man …
    It’s An Ugly Name !
    I Think i1 Is a very smart Choice For this Hero ( Not Z1 ) .

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  • E<D

    its time to defeat Galaxy S4

    come here and vote for Xperia Z:

    in the blue box at the end of comparison choose the second circle and then the click on the button at the bottom of the box.

    send it to whoever you know.
    dont miss the time…

  • AsadMulla

    Already exist. Sony Ericsson xperia X1

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  • Kazuo Sat?

    I liked the internal Yuga / Odin / Honami names but for flagship brand recognition Z1/Z2/Z3/Z4/Z5 etc. is a decend move.

    I would prefer if they dropped the numbering like Apple did with the Ipads and it was simply called the Xperia Z to show it was a flagship from the ‘Z series’ and used the Japanese names to differentiate them.
    They would only be really be called Xperia Z by most people except when telling them apart eg. Xperia Z (Yuga), Xperia Z (Honami) and so on….
    The same should be done with the S,M,L,E series.

  • Raymond

    Sony why don’t ask celebrity to promote upcoming mobile devices big names like ,BEYONCE,ADELLE, CELINE DION and many more artist ,they are part of SONY GROUP anyway….

  • Babylonbwoy

    Yes I like the name, but it sounds solid unlike the devices which are pretty fragile. Odin, Thor (doesn’t exist I know it’s just an example) or this kind of names must be indestructibles mobiles!


    I think sony should reboot the name, Flagship series should start from The Xperia > Xperia 2 > Xperia 3…

  • jangaleon

    that’s not actually a bad idea, i think.haha

  • LancerEX

    Or maybe Sony just wants to prove others that need not to hire uber popular celebrities to market their products? :)

  • Raymond

    its absolutely a bright idea ,since Celine Dion is popular and known worldwide ,she is definitely a great endorser for Sony and also Beyonce ….

  • Raymond

    its a proven and effective way of showing products to the consumer ….look HTC one right now they hire Robert Downey to endorse their product…

  • Ka Ku

    GSM Arena says Xenon + LED combo :o

    If this is true -> I AM SOLD !!!

    Long live Sony


    i disrespect when companies use celebrities

  • Ako Si Ray Mund

    Why not make it simple with “Sony Xperia Zorro”.

  • Ako Si Ray Mund

    Sounds quite like BMW Z3 & Z4 nomenclature.

  • Ako Si Ray Mund

    Better not have the i name like Apple. Supposedly to be intelligent but it turned out i for idiot.

  • InspectorGadget80

    I’d like too call it the XPERIA H. Sony is missing a letter H from their letters

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  • Codename

    How about just release it with it’s codename? Just Honami? Sounds nice if ya ask me. Like Xperia S: Nozomi.

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  • Billy de Fretes

    i prefer sony using japanes name like previous xperia hayabusa… maybe like xperia shinobi, xperia ronin, xperia shogun :)

  • Babylonbwoy

    Yes, I guess, if it’s true, it is because the new “One Sony” motto…

    Also, there’s only one “The One” and it’s José Mourinho ! ;)

  • Babylonbwoy

    Please don’t ! i’m not a child to buy a Beyoncé mobile, I wouldn’t even if they call it EPMD or Public Enemy!

  • Babylonbwoy

    made me laugh! Sony Big Bezel Flagship!

  • Babylonbwoy
  • Sheokand

    what about xperia X

  • TechGuyChris

    that is so ugly haha. I cant believe we use to think this was sexy back in its day lol

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  • Raymond

    does Beyonce singing Baba Black Sheep on TV ,did you see her Promoting Infants Milk……..

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  • Raymond

    This is what I’m talking about…Thanks guys…Hope to see more of this for Honami…

  • Sony Rocks!

    Wow that’s very very great!

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  • nidou bossy

    WOW, it looks like Honami will be named Z1 for real!
    check this screenshot out! (the website name wrote in red above)

  • LancerEX

    Hmm. They’ve been advertising Sony products like cameras and laptops in music videos recorded under Sony. But are we sure that Robert Downey can and will save HTC? :)

  • Raymond

    ìt would help to increase their popularity and sales ,but i don’t care about HTC anyway…

  • LancerEX

    Sony’s advertisements alone would suffice. For me, what they really need to do is invest more in partnering with local TV channels in different countries like Samsung does. It’s the only reason I can think of why Sony isn’t that much popular (or known) in our country. But when Sony Ericsson became Sony, I have observed that they became much popular than before.

  • Babylonbwoy

    Come on she only about money, she even sang at Khadafi’s son anniversary for a bunch of millions…
    I liked Jay Z when he released Reasonable Doubt, his first LP but for the rest… MONEY and that’s it. I want to buy a device because it’s a killer one not because B tell me it’s cool to do so. But each one his preferences…

  • Babylonbwoy

    I don’t give a fuck about the bitch but 2+ millions view since yesterday! ZUltra at the beggining

  • P9

    …X1, X8, X10… are alreadybro

  • P9

    I don’t mind if it even named xperia honami. :) :) or Z2 is the best, because we already haveZ(z1) sony ftw!!!

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  • VSH

    Agree! Z1 is fucking a lame name, they gotta dropped the numbering.

  • Raymond

    They all work for money ,but Beyonce and Celine is more popular than Jay Z …who doesn’t know the Titanic Song…

  • Raymond

    i don’t know about company partner with some local tv channels,but i think it would be more practical to use celebrity for commercials…

  • Michael Hofmann
  • Charles dela Cruz

    Big Bezel, Big Entertainment! :))

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  • azzido

    Well, we already have first Z on the market, so this one should be Z2… I don’t like Z one name at all… Sony do not mess us up with the name, forst Z in series already in the market :/

  • azzido

    Do not call it ONE! I am fed up with “one” in names… failure xpax one, htc one… now xperias one… it’s boring!

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