Leaked photos show Sony Xperia i1 Honami will launch at IFA

Sony’s next smartphone is set to be unveiled at IFA 2013 in Berlin this September, after new leaks revealed more about the design and specifications of the upcoming device.

The teaser images of the Xperia i1 Honami, reported first by Xperia Blog, show a black screen with a purple line diagonally across the middle and the date “September 4th, 2013” with Berlin printed underneath.

It’s only when zoomed in that the photos get all the more interesting. The edge of the handset runs along the purple line with a power button sitting on the back of the device and a volume slider next to it. Above the strip there is a slight hint of a display and speculation that the faint white line above it is the shatter-proof screen protector that comes as standard with Sony devices.

Many have speculated that this image may not be genuine, considering that it reveals a slightly different side to the new “Honami” or “Xperia i1” device seen in leaks earlier this year and the date isn’t in the usual European style.

A list of specifications for the new device has already leaked, with the highlight a return of Cybershot branding to smartphones, since it was scrapped in 2012 in the aftermath of the Sony and Ericsson break-up.

Another leak, reported by Techkiddy, shows a photo taken with the device that all but confirms the presence of a 20-megapixel camera as the photo taken has a resolution of 3,936 x 5,248.

The phone’s 20-megapixel camera is rumoured to have an f/2.0 aperture, 5mm focal length, Xenon flash and BIONZ image processing to go along with the Sony Cybershot camera app.

The Xperia i1 Honami is expected to have a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU with 2GB RAM, a 5in full HD display and Google Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.