Exciting and unexpected news this week as reports suggest that not only are the Google Nexus 5 and the Sony Honami Smartphones very real indeed and may share the same release date this summer, but they could in fact be one and the same device.
Ever since the Google Nexus 5 spectacularly failed to launch at I/O in May – or even warrant a mention for that matter – speculation has been rife as to which manufacturer the search giant was in bed with for its next Smartphone. LG formally ruled itself out of this and any upcoming Nexus project, HTC is too busy with the One and the One Mini, Samsung has various versions of the Galaxy S4 going on and Sony was neck-deep in its Xperia efforts.
As far as Sony was concerned, the Smartphone carrying the codename of Honami was expected to launch as the successor to the Xperia Z Smartphone with a release date sometime this fall. Expectation were huge as to the specs and features the Honami would pack, but at the same time this seemed to rule Sony out of the running for a Google Nexus 5 partnership.
Or so we thought.
What we’re told to expect from the Sony Honami is a 5-inch 1080p HD screen, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU running at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable memory, a 13-megapixel rear-camera and a sizeable 3,000mAh battery. And just as has become the standard for Sony’s top-shelf lines, the Honami will also be dust-proof, water-proof and quite painfully gorgeous.
So, if you take the above recipe and add a sprinkling of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie goodness – or even version 4.3 Jelly Bean – you have yourself the precise leviathan of a Smartphone we’d expected to the Google Nexus 5 to be. And given the fact that the Sony Xperia Z Smartphone has only just seen its release date in plenty of circles and hasn’t even arrived yet in others, to launch a successor so soon seems a little hasty to say the least.
Maybe we’re putting two and two together to come up with nine, but to be honest the idea of a Sony Nexus 5 is just too damn irresistible not to read into.