Sony Xperia i1 Honami mistaken for Nexus 5 before July event

By Peter Chubb - Jun 17, 2013

Sony seems to be keeping rather busy because it’s been reported that they could unveil at least two handsets at an event to be held in July. One is said to be the rumored Sony Xperia i1 Honami, which for some reason has been mistaken for the Nexus 5 by some, and also the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which is said to go head-to-head with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, once released that is.

A recent leak has shown what is believed to be the new Xperia handset, and the source said the reason they believe this is actually for the i1 Honami is because the filename sent to them was honamiteaser, which kind of makes sense really. However, it’s easy to see why some people had believed up until now that this was in fact the Nexus 5 instead.

One reason why some people assumed this to be the Nexus 5 was because they did not feel that a handset with flagship hardware would become part of the Xperia range, as Sony already has that covered. There are already several handsets in this range, so why would they need another one?

The new handset cannot be a Nexus handset, as these are not known for having the most powerful hardware, that and the fact that brands like Sony will keep all the best tech for their flagship models, and so the i1 Honami could become the next Xperia flagship model.

Speaking of those specs, we should expect the so-called Sony Xperia i1 Honami to come with a 5-inch display, 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 3,000 mAh battery, which kind of proves we are not looking at the Nexus 5.

Having said that, maybe Sony and Google could use this as the basis as the Nexus 5, considering LG will not be part of the next project with Google? Having said that, to add a little confusion to this, LG may already have a Nexus 5 prototype, so they could either be trying to take us off the scent, or as always, we should take such rumors for what they are?

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  • newsjunkieintl

    1) Yes, LG does have a Nexus prototype which they showed to Larry Page in early May when he visited LG headquarters in South Korea. Look for the Nexus 5 to be based on the LG Optimus G2 which LG is shipping in Q3. This will give them LG time to ramp up for Nexus 5 in Q4. Last year they ran into production problems launching the G and the Nexus 4 (based on the G) almost simultaneously.

    2) This Sony phone is not the Nexus 5 as it’s:

    a) too early. Nexus 5 will be released in November along with Key Lime Pie 5.0 Might be “announced” in late October, but actual hands on release will be November, just like the last 2 Nexus phones. All 4 past Nexus phones have been released in November, December, January. There will be no Nexus 5 phone sightings in June or even July. NOVEMBER.

    b) it has expandable memory. Google has said they will never do expandable memory for a Nexus phone. Having said that 32GB internal memory is quite reasonable for the higher end of the Nexus phone. Just like the Nexus 4 comes in 8GB/16GB internal memory with two price points, the Nexus 5 MIGHT come with 16GB/32GB internal memory.

    3) The Nexus 5 will have at least 5″ 1080p display with 2GB RAM. The Nexus phones are always COMPETITIVE with the top tier phones on the market at the time. (Nexus 3 matched and even beat specs of Galaxy SII and iPhone 4. Nexus 4 matched specs of Galaxy SIII and iPhone 4S.) Look for the Nexus 5 to be competitive with Galaxy SIV and HTC One. After all they are on the market now, and it won’t be coming until November.

    Having said that, if Sony were doing a Nexus 5, look at the Sony Xperia ZL C6506 (not the Z, the ZL) as a perfect prototype: 5″, 1080p, quad core, 2G RAM, super slim bezel, 13 megapixel camera. Unlocked, pentaband GSM, lots of LTE bands including those used by AT&T and T-mobile. (Some sites say only quad band GSM, but Sony official specs say pentaband). PERFECT prototype for a Nexus phone. Throw in a slightly faster CPU (since the ZL was released MONTHS ago), take out the expandable memory (Google doesn’t do expandable memory for Nexus), and add Key Lime Pine. DONE. 🙂

    In November.