Sony Honami shows up for GCF certification

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Sony’s forthcoming Honami device showed up on the Global Certification Forum (GCF) where it received its certification for two models. Referred to as the Xperia Honami HSPA, model number C6902/L39h, was certified for several GSM and WCDMA bands. The other device, model number C6903, is listed as the Xperia Honami LTE and as the name implies, adds certifications for LTE bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 20. The GCF certification comes on the heels of the FCC filing for the Sony Honami.

The new Sony smartphone is expected to be revealed on September 4th in Berlin just before IFA 2013  opens. It could be available for consumers before the end of September.

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Curious as to what Sony’s upcoming Honami device UI is like? Then take a look!

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Sony’s upcoming flagship, codenamed the Honami, is said to have some amazing specs along with a revamped UI. Thanks to some hard working people over on XDA, a port of the UI has been made readily available for rooted Xperia Z users. Obviously there’s quirks in it and certain things probably don’t work, but nonetheless it’s still great to see what the new Honami has to offer. Check out the video below after the break!

Also, what do you guys think about the route Sony has taken with its upcoming Honami phone?

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Images of what seem to be official teaser for Sony Honami leak

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Sony’s upcoming flagship, the Honami, has showed up all over the internet in various forms— leaked images, FCC filings, blurry videos, etc.

Now it looks as though we’ve gotten some official teaser images of the device. But there’s one thing wrong— they don’t look very much like the originally leaked Honami images.

The edges of the device in these pictures appear to be more rounded than the earlier pictures. However we’re not going to bet that Sony re-developed the entire form factor for the device within the past two weeks, so it makes more sense that the angle of the picture is responsible for the odd-looking edges.

The power button, flap and volume rocker can also be seen in the pictures— it can also be deduced that the frame is actually made out of a different material than originally thought. (Perhaps aluminum like the Xperia Z Ultra?)

The image also says “September 4th, 2013 Berlin,” obviously in reference to IFA in Berlin, where the device will most likely be unveiled. Check out the full gallery of shots after the break.

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New Sony FCC filing may point to new Google TV device

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Since releasing their Chromecast dongle, Google has insisted the device will live alongside their Google TV platform. Evidence for this surfaced in a recent FCC filing by Sony for a device with the model number NSZ-GU1. The model number is similar enough to previous Sony Google TV boxes, the NSZ-GT1, NSZ-GS7 and the NSZ-GS8, that we can be pretty confident this is part of their Google TV family of devices. Unlike previous models though, the NSZ-GU1 was submitted to the FCC due to some wireless capabilities. » Read the rest

Sony sales numbers up 30% from last year, ships 9.6 million Xperia units in Q2 2013

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While HTC’s sales number continue to disappoint, Sony’s growth has continued, as the company posted its quarterly results for the three months leading up to June 30th. They recorded a loss in Q2 2012, but this year, things were different, as the company posted a $35 million net profit, shipping 9.6 million Xperia units in the quarter.

Their Mobile Products and Communication division saw a 36% increase in sales, hitting the $3.9 billion mark. Things look to be good for Sony for the short term, at least. We’ll see if they can sustain these numbers throughout this quarter and beyond.

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Sony Honami shows up in FCC filing

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Sony’s Honami device showed up in an FCC filing submitted on July 23rd, including a confidentiality request to be effective through September 30, 2013. Considering all of the images that have leaked of the device, it is not surprising the device is apparently on track to be released before the end of the third quarter.

According to the information in the FCC filing, the Honami is capable of handling GSM, UMTS, LTE, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wifi, Bluetooth(EDR and Bluetooth 4.0), and a Wifi Hotspot Function with Auto RF Power back-Off and RFID mode capabilities.

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Sony ‘Honami’ pictured alongside the Xperia Z

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We have some more pictures of the Sony ‘Honami’, this time alongside the Xperia Z. You can clearly see the ‘Honami’ is a little longer, but it has a similar design. We also get a another glimpse of the new camera interface.

The ‘Honami’ is looking like a beast, but you know all the competitors will have an answer. Can Sony finally make a dent in the U.S. market? More images after the break.

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Sony announces plans for Android 4.3

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Sony shared a roadmap for their devices to be upgraded to Android 4.3, although no timeframes were included. Owners of the following devices will be glad to know Sony is already starting work on Android 4.3:

Sony is in the middle of rolling out Android 4.2 for the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL and is getting ready to rollout upgrades for the Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z in August. Sony indicated other devices in their lineup will be upgraded from Android 4.1 directly to Android 4.3, skipping 4.2 altogether, but they did not give any hint as to which specific devices those might be.

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Several new pics of Sony Honami leak, give us best views yet

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New pictures alleging to be of the forthcoming Sony Honami have surfaced and give us some of the best views yet of the device. We see in this latest set of images that the body of the device has been tinted black. Unlike the HTC One that puts the speakers on the front of the device, the Honami has a large speaker in the bottom edge of the unit. In the last render that we saw, we could tell there were several buttons on the right-hand edge of the device. These new images appear to show a physical camera button dominating the left side of the device consistent with some images discovered at the end of June» Read the rest

Sony could be working on a ‘lens camera’ that attaches to smartphones

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Word is that Sony is working on a something called a “lens camera” that can be used on its own or mounted onto a smartphone. This lens camera will transmit pictures via NFC and WiFi directly to the smartphone. Users can also mount it to their phone using a special magnetic mount, which would give users a live view of the lens from the phone’s display.

The lens camera will have it’s own imaging sensor, battery, and memory. Word is that it will have the same sensor that is on the Sony DSC-RX100 II camera, which is a 1-inch 20.2MP Exmor R with a f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens. In addition, Sony could be working on a second model with a smaller sensor and a higher zoom.

To give you an idea of this concept, hit the break for a couple of videos from Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens (WVIL). This product first appeared at CES 2011, and could be very similar to what Sony is planning. (the image above is a concept image and not intended to be the actual product)

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