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New high-res snaps of both a black and a white Sony Xperia Z1 (Honami) have been brought to our attention, and the source, unsurprisingly, is somewhere in China. While these are obviously dummy devices, they're still a pretty close (and realistic) match with what we're expecting to see unveiled soon.

The new shots are somewhat late to the party, but they nevertheless complete the feeling that Sony's Xperia Z1 (Honami) has claimed a spot on the list of most hyped up phones this year. However, that's not surprising in the least – while the design may not necessarily be everybody's cup of tea, all the initial information we've had in the form of leaks and hints indicate that the Xperia Z1 will be a hardware beast.

But the specs on the Sony Xperia Z1 are only a part of the story: Sony itself appears intent to battle through the hardships of cultural reorganization in order to carry out its relatively nascent “One Sony” strategy that Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has vowed will turn the Japanese manufacturer into a smartphone powerhouse. What's infinitely more important than vows and promises, though, are the actual results of said good intentions, and those have started appearing already. Namely, after a rather tumultuous period financially, Sony has gone back to profitable and has delivered on its promise of converging the different departments of expertise at the company (e.g. Triluminos displays in smartphones, X-Reality engine for mobile, the BIONZ image processor, etc). These all have helped Sony shape a truly competitive line-up this time around – one that caters to a very wide range of customers: the Honami mini for the more conservative of us, all the way up to the downright extravagant Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Of course, how Sony's new contenders will end up handling the ruthlessly competitive smartphone market remains to be seen.

Exact release date for the Sony Xperia Z1 remains unclear, but we do know that the new Sony flagship will be announced on September 4 during IFA 2013 in Berlin, so stay tuned for more coverage.

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