With all the attention being given to upcoming models like the LG G2, the HTC One Max, or the Samsung Galaxy Note III, it is easy to overlook yet another rumored phone. The Sony Honami, which is touted to be the successor of the Xperia Z, already had a lot of leaks, mostly images and renders. But now, we get a chance to see what the Honami might really look and feel like thanks to a custom ROM developed over at XDA.
The Honami, also known by the name Xperia i1, is rumored to be running on a Snapdragon 800 chip and 2 GB of RAM, which seems to be the standard for this year’s generation of high-end smartphones. It is said to have a 5.0-inch full HD display with a 1920×1080 resolution. Perhaps the most interesting leak so far has been its 20 megapixel rear camera and 8 megapixel front-facing camera.
Majority of leaked photos compare the Honami with the Xperia Z so it almost feels fitting that this Honami ROM would be running on none other than the Xperia Z itself. This ROM is based on the eXsitenZ custom ROM for the phone but adds all the Honami apps and frameworks. A video was also posted showing the ROM in action. The video shows some interesting features like lockscreen widgets, a phonebook app with some sort parabolic zooming of letters when scrolling, a toggle drawer for quick launching apps, and a “windowed” camera app.
Again, this is still a custom Xperia Z ROM just with some Honami frameworks. It contains a mix of apps and features from different sources, including those that are available from “pure” Android. To find out which of these are truly “Honami”, we’ll have to wait for Sony to reveal the device, which, based on some FCC leak, should happen around mid-September.