New Honami render shows off handset in all three colours

by XB on 23rd August 2013

in Rumours, Xperia Z1

wpid-205938qud3ugu5fofii3dg.jpgA new render of the upcoming Sony C690X, codenamed Honami,  has surfaced.  It shows Honami in all three expected colour variants including black,  white and purple (same as the Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra). All the leaks are coming thick and fast now. Which colour do you fancy?


Via Digi-wo.

  • jangaleon

    it really has thick bezels.

  • Dexter Moregan

    I prefer its shape than Xperia Z.

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    Bezels are just right to hold the phone securely.
    Will wait for it to be official and reviewed before I trade in my ZL.

  • SonyFanBoy

    I cant really see much differences between Z1 and Z …… =.=??

  • Hannad Ahmed

    Bezels are needed!! Otherwise you will touch the screen with the side of your thumb every damm time. If you want to test no bezels, try out the LG G2 in stores…

  • jumbo3220

    and those bezels makes the phone to have a 3000mAh battery as well.. can’t wait till sept.4

  • rexperia

    is that a problem with you?

  • I just ordered a ZL while I waited for this phone to be announced. Do you like it? I feel like if this phone’s specs and actual use live up to the hype, I’ll be trading up quickly. :)

  • rexperia

    will upgrade from my Z to this mother monster Honami…

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  • jangaleon

    aesthetically yes..but handling will probably be better.,it’s just my opinion anyway.

  • SomeBody

    Bezels or 5 inch display. The two don’t go well together.

  • Emanuele Ciotti

    Xperia z1 black is the best

  • jangaleon
  • RED :'( :'( :'(

  • MidnightBlue

    Wonder if they’ll bring back the -Midnight Blue- of the arc. Kinda liked that colour…

  • B( . )( . )BS

    i’m so disappointed with the design, its dimensions, thick bezel, too tall, too wide. Whatever i still believe that with Sony technologies, Honami will be the best smartphone of this year.

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    I loved it very much. After the recent update, loved it even more. The first time I saw it, I was in awe because of how compact it is for a 5 incher. And then when I turn on the screen, 1080p quality just punched me in the face because how beautiful and crisp it is. I can easily get through the day with it. Plugging out the phone at 6:30am at 100% and 25% left at 5:00pm (college, with WiFi on all the time). Because of the firmware updates, camera quality is now on or near par with other high end smartphones. There is a con for me, the bezels are thin which makes handling the phone a bit cumbersome because of constant accidental presses of on screen buttons, so I invested a Gel case to make it a bit wider and protection as bonus. But the design is just amazing, real craftsmanship of Sony. I have the black version C6503. Be wary though as the ZL doesn’t have much compatible 3rd party accessories as the Xperia Z.

    Overall 8.9/10.

  • gamefreakz94

    Maybe Sony is keeping it hidden from us before it’s official appearance. Just an idea. What do you think?

  • Human526

    i’d be getting the purple honami ! thought that the z was good enough but this seems to be even better !

  • Aspire5550

    That might be the honami variant with IR blaster which might only be available in Japan.
    Japanese variant of the xperias usually have them..

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  • Krasnaldo

    Black is boring, white is boring, violet is uncool (in xperia Z). Sony! Wake up! Brown (as in wx5 camera) is faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaantastic!

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  • B( . )( . )BS

    I want gold brown

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  • Guest

    Why does Sony always release it in that ugly purple (or sometimes red)? I’m sure blue would sell much more…

  • SonyFan
  • AL

    What a shame sony! The real phone is less beautiful than this

  • Sanoj

    It’s awesome back also glass finish

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  • roeshak

    We’re inching closer by the day to those huge bezels lol!!!

  • samosa king

    Dat Bezel

  • Brown? Got it pops, now why don’t you go take a seat here before you hurt your back. I’ll bring you some tea

  • The color on the sides reminds me of SE C902

  • silverwagon

    Red and purple are nice! But blue should be good colour :)

  • MannyTheMan

    Is this an official render?

  • shayan gozarabadi

    purple seems beautiful..

  • sonyxperia

    Designing for the external look will takes just minutes but to be honest designing a smartphone not that easy as it look. We need to makes sure the external design fit well with the internal parts located. With a huge demand of advance processor, good optic, high end sound and higher capacity battery And some other futures it not as easy as it seen. You cant just compare the old times kind of design like satio which had similarity look alike digital camera on the back side. It can done back then due to small battery and also not that to advance processor to attached with satio. the bezel around the device are mades for better hold and grip. not that sony cant create less bezel design and its already being proven on the xperia zl.

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  • Gene

    i want a turquoise and a hyacinth blue.

  • Gru

    Rumors coming in “THICK” and fast lol…geddit?

  • [A]dri[A]n

    I think the bezel on the Nexus 7 is smaller… -.- I wish this phone would have looked dramatically different.

  • 3rdflyleaf

    Front is nice, but the rear… o_O nope.

  • arcwindz

    I agree with anzelio, but the thin bezel is no problem to me, it’s perfect! The screen is good, even if honami will probably have a better one.
    Battery could use a bigger one though, but overall I wouldn’t trade this 5 incher with any other phone for now, including honami :)

  • kodd

    Disapointed. Very disapointed. I’ll wait another one!

  • Ana Heluši?

    Purple rain definetly

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  • Kim

    White version hopefully the bezel area in white color as well…don’t be same as Z.

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  • azzido

    is white also white in front at last ???

  • azzido

    no xenon flash and small lens ???!!! Sony, WTF? :/

  • Babylonbwoy

    “We” ?

  • bisho

    yeah after we saw the z ultra everything seems to be chunky and thick when they’re not

  • SinaKing

    I’ll Choose The White One Man … <3
    This F.. Phone Is Just Amazing !!!

    & Guys …
    Please Stop Complaining About This Phone Bezel's !
    Just Stop !
    We Love This Phone & It's Bezel's !
    So If You Have Problem With This Design ,
    Leave This Phone Alone & Go Away !

    & Something Important About This Phone Camera's Flash …
    I Think Sony Combined Xenon & LED Flash in a pack ,
    So This Flash Seems To be LED Flash ,
    But I Think It Could Be a Xenon & Combo LED Flash !
    This Is My Idea .

  • Gru2

    I think you’re living in a fantasy world where all your Sony wishes come true

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  • Rizky Maulana

    how about dark grey ? :3


    Is this Honami waterproof too?

  • Raymond


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  • Colby Leong

    I’m sorry, I get the whole bezel thing with you guys. But how many other high end flagship phones do you see out there that are water resistant? Plus if anyone else who complains about the bezels can find me any other water resistant phone that doesn’t have any bezels whatsoever then please show me. Sure it could have smaller bezels, but maybe that affects how water resistant the phone can be.
    Just thought I’d throw it out there, sure the bezels can be smaller or nonexistent, but at the same time you can argue that with all this great tech. going on in the world why I still have to walk to work instead of flying there. I still think it will be one of the best, but highly underrated phones of 2013, because here in the U.S. only a few of us dare to venture out from Samsung and Apple.

  • Colby Leong

    I really like the new Z1 compared to the Z, plus by having a more rounded edges it will be much easier, and more comfortable to hold than the Z. With that said I really would like to get the Z1 but I do enjoy my Z, and if someone tries to steal it I will cut them.

  • Colby Leong

    Honami(mini). What say you?

  • Colby Leong

    Hopefully for those seeking other white or purple, Sony has taken a page from the ZL, and made the whole phone white or purple. Unlike the Z, where its just a white or purple back and edges and a black front panel.

  • Faisal Armand

    For those of you who are complaining about thick bezels, let me tell ya.. No water resistant phones has slim bezels.

    Samsung galaxy s4 active is wider, thicker, taller, and heavier than Xperia Z

    LG optimus GJ has thick bezels

    Sony Xperia V, acro s, and Z ultra jas thick bezels.

  • Colby Leong

    I know right, just be happy Sony is picking up there game. They are throwing in the latest tech they have to offer. Sony Mobile has long passed there Ericsson times, but while they still have some popularity to catch up once you whip this phone out, or even talk about its specs heads will turn. For now everyone should be glad. I say they throw out there best tech and jaw-dropping design now, bezels later.

  • mountain

    Am I the only person around who would prefer a thicker bezel? Using a Z ultra at the moment, and I always accidentally touches the screen when holding it.

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  • Utsav Shah

    “Design is not how it looks or feels but how it works.”
    – Steve Jobs

  • josesl16

    How about mint 8)

  • josesl16

    I thought Ultra had thin bezels? People just want it to be not bigger than Z, anyway.

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  • fdgd

    after all those bezels? you still accidentally touch the screen?
    that means those bezels don’t serve any good purpose

  • Faisal Armand

    Well probably honami is bigger than z because of the large camera sensor and huge 3000mah battery.

  • josesl16

    Yeah, and that’s why people don’t like it… Although it doesn’t seem that thick to me.

  • roeshak

    To begin with, no phone has no bezel whatsoever! The bezels on this thing are humongous. Simple truth.
    I’ll give you a water resistant phone with smaller bezels, it’s called the Xperia Z.
    This phone has the same display size but yet considerably bigger.
    LG even managed to fit a 5.2 inch display in a package the same size as the Z.
    Whoever is leading Sony down this big phone route needs to be fired. It’s ridiculous!
    H2 had such promise when the rumours began but what we’ve ended up with is two disappointments from a design perspective.
    One tablet pretending to be a phone and a phablet. Yes Honami dimensions are dangerously close to phablet territory.
    All we can hope is that they change course by CES 2014 because this big phone crap won’t win them that many admirers.

  • triorgy

    if sony only used an all black wallpaper there. the bezels wouldn’t have been too obvious. same thing they did with the previous xperias. why are they so fond of that wallpaper? it really makes the phone look ugly. can’t they really see how better that deice would look if they only skipped those ugly greys in their background.

  • ggee

    this is a sony. not an apple. they don’t follow jobs principles. though it looks like they’re trying to imitate the iphone big bezels now. how sad.

  • Utsav Shah

    it’s not an apple’s principle. It’s what is real and most of the leading companies follow.

  • SomeBody

    The Honamini? Will be the phone of the year if the rumors are true. Probably gonna pick the 2014 flagship mini if Sony continues this trend. (I’m not willing to switch from my current phone this year).

  • James G

    midnight blue would be good. . . .crimson. . .even better

  • Ivan Budiutama

    because the 20 MP sensors need more room? Not to mention the rumored IOS capability and I heard the Aperture is quite big, if S4 has f/2.2 maybe Honami will be equipped like f/1.8 Aperture? who knows, that means a really great picture can be produced, and also explained the more room it requires.
    No, I’m not a fanboy, I am just speculating, IF I’m the engineering part, I might want to sacrifice some millimeters bezel for a leap on the performance, since they always bragging about the camera, I have a feeling this is all about making room for the important engine part of the camera. Just guessing though, I find many Sony handsets already behind in image processing, if this one turn out to be the “legendary” phone camera as N8 once was, I think it worth the trouble and my faith in Sony “great” camera performance is restored regardless the bezel.

  • Colby Leong

    Sure, but honami isn’t packing the Same stuff as the Xperia Z. A better camera, far more superior screen, and bigger battery. There’s no way they could shove all of that into the Xperia Z body, let alone a smaller one.



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  • UH

    It looks more like a digital photo frame than a smartphone.

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  • roeshak

    To all those saying the phone is bigger because of the sensor and battery are missing the point.
    The simple fact there are idiots on the Sony design team who’ve deluded themselves into thinking that thiness is what matters most.
    The slightly bigger sensor and battery could have been accommodated by making the phone thicker. Surface area is what matters most, not thiness.
    It’s like they always have to make some idiotic move that seriously undermines every device they release. The list is long and growing.
    Pure needless nonsense! Well at least I don’t have to give Sony any more of my hard earned cash. Already bought Z and a T.v. from them this year. I couldn’t spend even a penny on this honami. It makes the Z look king!!!

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  • Ney

    Glass back :(

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