xperia z1 honami

Sony is expected to launch a new flagship smartphone, allegedly called the Xperia Z1, at a press event rumored for Sept. 4, and earlier today the company took to Twitter to tease the device with a zoomed-in photo that doesn't reveal much beyond what looks like an over-sized power button.

The Z1 phablet, codenamed Honami, is expected to come equipped with a 5-inch HD display, a powerful 20-megapixel camera, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 16GB of storage expandable via microSD card, 2GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery. We still don't know what the device will look like, though a few leaked images suggest the handset will resemble the rest of Sony's Xperia line, meaning a sleek, thin rectangle.

Sony will likely unveil the Xperia Z1 next month at IFA, during a press conference reportedly scheduled at the same time as Samsung's Unpacked event where we expect to see the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note III. The two companies appear ready to go head to head in the phablet market, though based on the past few years we don't see Sony putting up much of a fight against the Korean tech giant.