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Reports: Sony launching new flagship phone, giant lens attachments
- Bloomberg reports Sony (SNE) will launch its next flagship Xperia Android phone (codenamed Honami) on Sep. 4., just before the start of the IFA consumer electronics show.
- The Honami will reportedly feature image-processing chips used in Sony's Bravia TVs and Cyber-shot cameras, as well as Qualcomm's (QCOM) top-of-the-line Snapdragon 800 CPU, and might support 4K video recording.
- Sony is also reportedly planning to release the QX10 and QX100, giant "lens camera" accessories that attach to its smartphones, and which feature high-quality zoom lenses and image sensors (18MP-20MP). The QX10/100 even have their own battery packs and indicator displays.
- Sales of Sony's current flagship, the Xperia Z, have been solid (particularly in Japan). Nokia recently launched the (Windows Phone-based) Lumia 1020, another phone promising an unparalleled imaging experience.