Sony Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z
A visitor looks at the new Sony Xperia phone and tablet through a glass window during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.Reuters

An alleged image of Sony's upcoming Xperia i1 smartphone, codenamed 'Hoanmi', has been leaked online, hinting the possible arrival of the next Xperia handset from the Japanese electronics giant.

Brazilian website TechTudo posted the images of the purported Xperia i1 smartphone. The pictures showed the handset placed in between Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia ZL. The smartphone is likely to sport the same look of Sony's Xperia smartphones as the design language as shown in the images.

Regarding its specifications, the handset is likely to sport a 5-inch display with 1080x1920 pixel resolution powered by the quad-core Snapdragon MSM8974 processor clocked at 2.3GHz. It would pack 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with a microSD slot for expansion. In terms of image sensor, the smartphone is expected to come with a 20-megapixel rear camera with 2/3" Exmor RS sensor, Xenon flash, Mobile BIONZ image processing, Cyber-shot camera UI, and a  2.2-megapixel camera on the front. Other stipulated features of the handset include IR, NFC, One Touch Sharing, Wi-Fi Miracast and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system.

The smartphone is expected to make its debut at Sony's upcoming press event on 4 July.

Earlier this month Sony, unveiled another smartphone called Xperia Z Ultra. It sports a 6.4-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS screen with new display technology X-Reality Mobile engine and runs on the Android v4.2 Jelly Bean powered by the super-fast 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series quad-core processor with Adreno 330 graphics engine. Like all of Sony's high-end Xperia brethrens, the new phablet also boasts of dust-proof and water-resistant IP55/IP58 certifications. Users can record full HD videos under water using the 8.0-megapixel camera which boasts of Exmor RS camera technology and 16X digital zoom with auto-focus.