Sony has started sending out invitations to an event to be held on 4 September, nearly two months from now. Why the rush? Well, the event is set to take place at the beginning of the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, so Sony obviously wants to get the word out quickly. After all, we’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to make its debut during the same week.
So what has Sony got planned to put up against the next phablet from Samsung? The invitation doesn’t give us any clues, and only lists the event’s details, but we’ve got a good idea it’s going to be for the previously leaked Sony i1 smartphone, codename Honami.
This is rumoured to be Sony’s entry into the high-end camera phone battle, recently re-ignited by the Galaxy S4 Zoom and Nokia’s Lumia 925, plus the new Lumia 1020. While the Sony i1 isn’t expected to have a 41 megapixel camera onboard, it’s being said it’ll still have 20 megapixels, plus a selection of software tweaks which may be packaged under the CyberShot brand name.
Like the new Xperia Z Ultra, the Sony i1 may be powered by the latest Snapdragon 800 processor, and could have a screen measuring either 5-inches, 5.3-inches, or 5.5-inches. There have been several leaks linking the device to all three screen sizes, but all agree the resolution will be 1080p. As this is a modern Sony smartphone, we should expect water and dust resistance too.
Sony has set its event for late in the day on 4 September, and although there’s a while to go until the big day, we’re already excited to see what it reveals.