While Sony's Xperia Z is still making headlines, it seems the company is already thinking ahead about what will replace the flagship device. We've heard rumors and have seen leaks of the so-called Xperia i1 "Honami", which looks to be a worthy successor to the Xperia Z from what we've seen, and Sony Korea's CEO thinks such a device will launch later this year.
A report notes that Sony's Korea CEO Kenji Sakai says that the successor the Xperia Z will be out sometime later this year. This phone is suggested to be the Xperia i1 Honami, which we've seen in the recent past as a 20MP smartphone that is said to pack the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.
With the rumored phone's upgraded camera, it will take on the recently-announced Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. The 1020 comes with an impressive 41MP camera that aims to revolutionize smartphone cameras, and while we still have yet to try the phone's camera out for ourselves, Sony will mostly likely have to out something big in order to overthrow the 1020.
As for a focused release window for the i1 Honami, Sony isn't saying much, but we wouldn't be surprised if we saw the rumored device make an appearance at IFA 2013 in September. The only question that remains is when the device will release in the US. Like some of Sony's past phones, the US may not see the i1 Honami until after its initial release over in Asia.