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Sony Xperia i1 leaked with 20MP camera

Sony is apparently preparing aSony Xperia i1 smartphone that packs a hi-res 20-megapixel camera.

Perhaps aiming to rival the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and rumoured Nokia Lumia 1020, the Sony Xperia i1 has leaked supposedly touting a 20-megapixel rear snapper.

Pictured in between the Sony Xperia ZL announced at CES 2013 and the newly launched Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet, the Sony Xperia i1 is a white handset that looks to have a screen size somewhere around the 5.3 or 5.4-inches mark.

The Sony Xperia i1 was previously referred to by the codename Honami and was tipped to pack a 20-megapixel Sony 1/1.6 Exmor RS stacked sensor.

Paired with this will be a Cybershot G lens and either a Xenon flash or exceedingly bright LED flash – perhaps shown off in that pill-shaped flash section to the right of the camera.

Although this may be Sony’s own monster-megapixel smartphone, it may still pale in comparison to the likes of Nokia and Samsung’s camera-centric offerings.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has a 16-megapixel image sensor but also packs 10x optical zoom, 100 to 3200 ISO range and an integrated Xenon flash.

Potentially being launched at a Nokia press event in New York on July 11, the Nokia Lumia 1020 (previously known as the Nokia EOS PureView) will be a Windows Phone 8 device with a 41-megapixel Carl Zweiss image sensor.

It is also said to have a Xenon flash, optical image stabilisation and a variable aperture to rival the S4 Zoom.

Design wise the Sony Xperia i1 looks to feature the same influences as the Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia Tablet Z with a thin profile and squared edges. It also looks like that signature power button is there too.

Any word of a launch date let alone a price for the 20-megapixel camera smartphone is still unknown.

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