updated 09:11 am EDT, Mon July 29, 2013
Confidentiality letter hides FCC photos until September 30th or earlier launch
Sony's rumored Honami smartphone has made an appearance at the FCC, according to a recent filing. The appearance at the Commission suggests that Sony could be launching the codenamed Xperia i1 the United States and further afield in the near future, with the device having been in testers hands since the 17th of June.
The filing spotted by Talk Android offers little clues as to the identity of the device being tested, with only the software version "s_atp_honami_1_25_1" giving the game away. Supplied drawings show a rectangular smartphone, with the FCC ID located on the skide-out SIM tray. FCC photographs of the device, typically listed within filings, are notably absent, with a "short term confidentiality request letter" asking for photographs and the user manual to be kept hidden until the end of September, unless it gets launched earlier than that date.
Current rumors of the Xperia i1 suggest that it will have a five-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.2GHz, and have 1GB of RAM with 16GB of storage. It has been previously claimed to have a similar appearance to the Sony Xperia Z, and to also have a 20.7-megapiixel Emor RS camera sensor.