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The company hasn't confirmed the device even exists yet, but a supposed system dump from Sony's next-generation flagship phone has some interesting secrets inside. The device appears to be packing a 20MP camera sensor, which jives with other leaks. The unexpected part is the apparent video capture resolution. According to the system dump, the Honami will be able to record up to 4000x2000 video clips, which is roughly equivalent to digital cinema 4K.

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You probably don't even have a monitor capable of displaying all the pixels in such a video. 4K video is like each frame being composed of a nearly 9MP still image. There is definitely some serious software tweaking going on to enable this, but the device will have to be scary-fast as well. The Snapdragon 800 will be showing up in a number of high-end phones in the next few months, so get ready for ludicrous speed. Some new camera features are also going to be coming with the Honami including an enhanced burst mode, augmented reality, and camera add-ons.

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In addition to all that, the Honami is set to come with an updated Sony UI. There are new icons, a new app drawer, updated launcher, and several revamped stock apps. The new Small Apps (floating widgets) framework also allows multiple apps to be on the screen at once. Check out the links below for even more.

[Xperia Blog 1, Xperia Blog 2, Xperia Blog 3]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • Badda Madda

    Seriously? With what lense? :)

  • Joon Sunn

    pls pls pls have more than 2GB RAM, and pls pls pls have awesome display.

    *crossing every finger & toe*

    • Michael Pahl

      Besides the whole 4K thing... why do devices need more than 2GB of ram atm?

      • Badda Madda

        To be able to watch 4K porn movies. Why ask?

        • Herman

          Wait, you're expecting a 4K display on the Honami?
          Otherwise all you could do is shoot those movies with your phone. You'll still 'only' see a 1080p video on the screen.

      • Joon Sunn

        Remember when 1GB RAM was "just enough"? I'm using a Galaxy Nexus and it used to be just enough, like night and day different from the 512MB of my old Desire Z. Then I started playing Ingress, and switching between it and whatsapp has resulted in an almost 80% restart of Ingress.

        If games are going to take up more and more memory, then the hardware must be able to provide for it in the first place.

        I dunno if 2GB is the sweet spot, but if it is at the moment, then I'm very sure it won't be in the near future.

        • Michael Pahl

          I use a widget that displays CPU clock, CPU Temp, and RAM utilization. On my Razr Maxx HD running Nova Prime I always have around 200mb free RAM, sometimes 150mb.
          On my Galaxy Tab 10.1 running CM 10.1 has 768mb of RAM (after the 256MB of shared memory for the GPu is taken into consideration) and with CMs advanced memory management is enabled it pretty much always has 250mb of Ram available.

          • Joon Sunn

            Free RAM is irrelevant to the issue. The issue is memory allocation. That is the reason Ingress is shut down so often, because there isn't enough of memory to allocate to it in memory when I switch to other apps.

            If it isn't clear enough, it's the mulitasking that I want fixed. If memory distribution strategies don't work, then jacking up the amount of RAM is the quick and east way out. I don't care about how much RAM is free, because nobody should.

          • Michael Pahl

            ....

      • Babs Oyed

        When the 3 and 4gb ram devices come, you're welcome to stick with the 512mb ram devices. We who want progress and advancement will embrace it, but those who are content with mediocrity or prefer an atavistic regression to the troglodyte race can pursue it.

        • OSagnostic

          Adding more RAM just to look good on a spec sheets is not progress. RAM uses power. Why limit the usage time of a device if its not serving any purpose.
          I am sure there will come a time when more than 2GB of RAM is required, but they shouldn't throw 4GB in just because they can.

    • Herman

      The display will be awesome. Much like the Xperia Z Ultra.
      Or it wouldn't make sense to use last year's displays in a new flagship device.

      And more RAM isn't necessary. Seriously, with a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, you don't even have the time to complain!

      • andy_o

        Depends on the screen resolution too. With the N10 there is about 1.3GB usable RAM for apps.

    • QwietStorm

      That sounds painful.

  • AlcatrazKing

    For those who are wondering,the last 3 images are in Dutch.

    • Herman

      It's fun to be able to understand seemingly foreign screenshots on an English website :)

  • Herman

    Damn, the Honami will be expensive as hell with these features!
    Close to the price of the Xperia Z Ultra I guess.

    How will I justify buying this over my Xperia S?

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    Honestly, I'm more interested in low light capture with lots of megapixels (8-13 vs 4). 4K sounds nice and all, but I want perfect 1080p and low light capture - both video and stills.

  • GeeKLoRD

    WOW! 4K video recording, eh?
    I'll finally be able to fill up my 64GB mem card! :P

    • Matthew Fry

      Yeah... but it'll be an amazing 6 minute video.

  • GraveUypo

    how about higher-than-30-fps video capture? maybe 120fps 1080p.
    i'd like that better than 4k video.

    • Colin Kealty

      I'd love to even get 120fps at 720p for the ability to then slow it to half speed and still get 60fps

  • Samuel Horne

    Man I can never get over how hideous Sony's icons are.

  • sameer saleem

    how come the fourth picture in the screenshot has a smaller navbar and statusbar? i have a feeling this is not a genuine one!

  • Freak4Dell

    4K is weird. There's no single standard yet, and this camera doesn't match any of the already established 4K resolutions. Even 1080 was never settled on by the film industry, but at least 1080 meant 1080 in the rest of the video world. 4K means completely different things to different video outlets, sadly.

    Then again, this is just a gimmick at this point anyway, considering even the phone itself won't have the screen to play back that video at full resolution.

    • http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=2926289 Jasonwsc

      FYI, phones with 720p screens can record 1080p videos.
      4K is a standard, and Sony should know better with their motion pictures division.

  • Everett

    Really need at least 3gigs of ram. Can't even use many widgets on my GS3 without 1.1gb+/1.56gb Used

    • http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=2926289 Jasonwsc

      Touchwiz = Ram intensive