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Ultra HD TVs are just hitting the market but Sony appears to be wasting no time in bringing 4x the resolution of an HDTV in a smartphone camera. Leaked software suggests a Sony phone with 20 megapixel sensor is in the works.

Xperia 4K

You probably don’t have a 4K television set yet, but a new Sony smartphone looks ready to capture Ultra HD video with four times the resolution of your standard HDTV. The Xperia Blog found system software for the phone, code-named “Honami,” showing the video capability which will reportedly powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chip. Don’t worry if you don’t have a TV that can actually show videos at 4,000 x 2,000 resolution; Sony makes those too.

Xperia Honami

This type of high-resolution camera capture may sound unlikely in a handset, but the Snapdragon 800 is Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line silicon for smartphones. And it’s more than capable: Specifications of the chip show it able to handle not just 4K UltraHD video but also stereoscopic 3D images and stills up to a whopping 55 megapixels. The leaked software for the Sony Honami indicates a 20 megapixel sensor for 5,248 x 3,936 resolution stills, something the Snapdragon 800 should handle with ease.

Images from the reported Sony phone suggest a revamp of the company’s Android-based software as well. The Xperia Blog says the phone will have a  “new launcher, app tray, Walkman app and new apps for clock, album, conversations, phonebook, settings, calendar. A new version of Small Apps allows you to place multiple apps in the screen at once.” And new camera modes are expected as well reports Android Police: Bokeh, Info-eye, Manual, Socialcast, Timeshiftand Effect mode.

With a top-of-the-line chip powering it, the handset should contend as a top-performing, flagship-like handset for Sony, which is making a big push to regain prominence in mobile devices. The Ultra HD video capture and 20 megapixel stills could be a nice way to stand out from the crowded Android market, although I anticipate Samsung working on a similar product. It doesn’t hurt that Samsung too sells 4K televisions, and given that the company is a leader in the Android phone market, it won’t sit on the 4K smartphone sidelines.

Sony Ultra HDTV

  1. jnffarrell1 Monday, July 1, 2013

    About time that Sony got back to having the best TV picture.

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    1. Sony’s Ultra HD inst the best, just OK…kinda like the company!

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  2. amazing shot.like a tv.

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