Nope, a Sony Honami render did not just leak (leaving the flash question open)
Sony sure seems to be working on a good number of smartphones, including interesting-sounding models like the Togari phablet. We’ve also heard quite a bit about the so-called Honami, which could arrive with the “i1” designation. Honami’s claim to fame sure looks like it’s going to be the smartphone’s camera, which beyond simply being high-res, is also supposed to employ a physically large sensor. Unfortunately, we’ve yet to get a good look at this rumored hardware, and that’s not changing today.
The image above is going around smartphone circles currently, and it is very much not a legitimate render of the Honami i1. At low enough resolution, it might be passable, but we tracked down this higher-res copy, and it’s immediately clear we’re looking at a fan-made render. The tell-tale signs are legion: there’s a mish-mash of components of varying resolution, elements aren’t centered properly, text surrounding the lens is of the wrong curvature, and edges are not cropped cleanly.
One issue we’d still like to get to the bottom of – and this being a fake doesn’t help with that any – is the status of the phone’s flash. Xenon was rumored at one point, but a dual LED setup like this has also been mentioned. Suffice it to say, do not take this as evidence for the latter.