It sounds like the folks from Sony are finally ready to truly offer a compelling camera solution for Android users. We know Nokia is betting big with their PureView technology, and recently we’ve been hearing quite a bit regarding cameras on Android smartphones. From HTC’s Ultrapixel, Google claiming superior cameras on Nexus phones, and even Samsung could have a 16 megapixel GALAXY S 4 in the works. Well, Sony might beat them all with the Xperia i1 smartphone.

The latest leak back on May 1st revealed the codename Honami, and that went on to detail an upcoming smartphone from Sony that will truly be a flagship smartphone with a top-tier camera unlike any other. Talks of a Sony Exmore RS sensor better than anything from HTC, Samsung, or even Apple, and a Cybershot lens from their popular camera line.

The phone will have premium grade glass over the lens for clearer and crisp images in an area where most smartphones don’t pay much attention. Not to mention many smartphone lenses don’t have covers, or get scratched easy. Then we’re also hearing Sony will top the rest with an impressive Xenon dual-LED flash offering 10x the brightness of any other smartphone for stunning low-light photography. Sounds nice right. Well today we’re getting specs of the top-tier handset this will all be bundled inside.

Sony Xperia i1 (Honami) specs:
• 5″ 1080p Full-HD display with Bravia technology
• 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU
• 2 GB of RAM
• 16-20 megapixel camera with 1/1.6” sensor, Xenon flash
• 2700-3000 mAh battery
• water and dust resistance IP57 certified
• 10 mm thick

Essentially this is just a Sony Xperia Z, which is a stunning smartphone, completely on steroids in all aspects. Then Sony has taken every single approach possible to truly enhance the camera on board too. The reports go on to mention that Sony is putting more effort behind this smartphone than anything they’ve done in the past, and looks to truly make this their flagship smartphone.

Sony has some great devices, some overpriced, but overall quality handsets. We’d love to see more be available in the US, especially if this rumored device ends up being a reality. If they can deliver this for $249 on contract, I’m sold. What do you guys think?

[via UnwiredView]