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Sony Xperia i1 'Honami' leaks again, LED flash not xenon

Sony's next-generation camera phone has been spotted again, but with a different flash than previously rumoured.

Joe Svetlik
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We saw the Sony Xperia i1 leak , and here he is again, in all his 20-megapixel glory.

It's rumoured to be a smaller, more photo-centric companion to Sony's flagship , and to be codenamed the 'Honami'. Just one thing. In these pics, posted by Just Another Mobile Phone Blog, the handset sports an LED flash, instead of the xenon one previously reported. So what's going on?

Just Another Mobile Phone Blog insists the handset will ship with the xenon flash, as previously stated. The device isn't official yet, so obviously there's no way of knowing, or even if these pictures are bona fide, so take all this with a pinch of salt. An LED flash gives a softer, more even illumination, while xenon has a stronger burst of light.

Other than that, there's not much to learn from the pictures. You can see the microSD card slot in one of them, but that's about it.

The Xperia i1 is just one of a new generation of camera phones. Joining it is the  -- , spinoff fans -- with a ridiculous 10x optical zoom. We usually see that kind of zooming power on compact cameras, not smart phones.

Nokia also has a new camera phone up its sleeve, named the , . The Finnish phone firm will unveil the new blower on . Expect it to go head to head with the S4 Zoom for the title of best mobile-slash-camera this summer.

Sony hasn't said when we'll see the Xperia i1 Honami hit shop shelves. What would you like to see from the phone? And who'll win the war for best camera phone of 2013? Let me know in the comments, or on our picturesque Facebook page.

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