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Sony Xperia Z2 'Honami' 20 megapixel smartphone appears online

Sony could already be working on a high-end handset to replace its Xperia Z - codenamed Honami and expected to heavily feature the company's Cyber-shot and Walkman branding, alongside the Xperia label, if leaked details prove accurate.

According to Chinese-language site ePrice, the reason for Sony's use of the Cyber-shot brand, normally associated with compact camera devices, is down to the Z2's camera: building on the 13 megapixel model included in the Xperia Z, the Honami - which will likely launch as the Xperia Z2 - has an impressive 20 megapixel CMOS sensor and Carl Zeiss lens that can easily rival most dedicated compact cameras. As well as Xenon flash and dual-LED lighting for video recording, the camera will apparently also include an over-sampling system that can record high-quality lower-resolution still images by capturing a full 20 megapixel image and downsampling the data - a similar approach to that taken by Nokia's 808 PureView, albeit in a significantly reduced form.

Behind an expected 5in Full HD in-plane switching (IPS) display, ePrice says the device will include Qualcomm's recently-launched Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor running at an impressive 2.3GHz, 2GB or more of memory and a modem that fully supports global Long Term Evolution (LTE) high-speed mobile networks. Details of the internal storage capacities have not been shared, but with Sony apparently targeting the very highest end of the smartphone market it's likely the handset will launch with a choice between 32GB and 64GB of flash storage.

Details of the operating system have not been provided, but the handset is expected to launch with either Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or the upcoming Key Lime Pie version along with Sony's usual tweaks and pre-installed software packages.

Part of an internal programme within the company dubbed 'One Sony,' the Honami handset is expected to feature the best of the company's Xperia smartphone, Cyber-shot camera and Walkman audio technology, alongside the same water- and dust-resistance featured in the Xperia Z. A launch date has not been given, but the site claims Sony will be unveiling the handset at the IFA trade show in September.


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