Sony wants to make it very clear it’s not finished releasing smartphones in 2013, as it has sent out invitations to an event to be held on September 4, giving us almost two months to prepare. The event is actually just before the start of the IFA Show, which is a major European consumer electronics show held in Berlin.
The invitation gives absolutely nothing away, as it merely provides the time, date and location, plus one of Sony’s familiar ribbons of colour. So, what could the company be announcing? There’s a good chance we’ll be seeing the device currently known as the Sony i1.
The i1 has been leaked under the codename Honami, and could be Sony’s return to full-on camera phones, a sector with which it’s very familiar. This time, the phone is rumoured to have a massive 20-megapixel camera and be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, which has just been fitted to the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
As for the rest of the specification, a dedicated shutter release key is a possibility, as are a selection of apps made for the camera, along with a 5-inch, 1080p screen.
High-end camera phones are all the rage at the moment, following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, the Lumia 925, and the Lumia 1020. Sony has built up a great reputation so far this year, so we’re excited to see what the i1 can add to the mix.
Sony’s event is scheduled for late afternoon on September 4, and the IFA Show starts on September 6 and runs until September 11.