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Sony Xperia 1 III Evaluation


The Sony Xperia 1 III is the corporate’s newest flagship smartphone for 2021, out there now in Frosted Black and Frosted Purple priced at £1,199 / $1,299 within the UK and USA respectively.

The primary new function on this yr’s replace is an progressive variable telephoto lens that has been paired with a Twin PD sensor. Basically, the third digicam module gives each 70mm and 105mm telephoto focal lengths, whereas the Xperia 1 II topped out at 70mm.

Claimed to be ‘constructed for pace’, you get the most recent Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 12GB RAM, 5G connection and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, new devoted Google Assistant button, and an upgraded 4K HDR OLED show with a speedy 120Hz refresh charge and no notches.

On the picture making facet of issues, the Xperia 1 III has triple front-facing Zeiss lenses, backed up with Picture Professional with a brand new Primary mode and Cinema Professional apps for full handbook management over settings akin to publicity, focus and drive mode.

The Xperia 1 III gives 20fps burst taking pictures with steady autofocus focus and autoexposure and low gentle noise discount, actual time eye AF for people and animal and new real-time monitoring mode, AI tremendous decision zoom know-how along with the standard digital zoom, 5x slow-motion recording in 4K HDR 120fps, and the power to report within the 21:9 ratio at 24/25/30/60fps.

On paper, for picture makers there’s so much to be enthusiastic about within the Xperia 1 III, so learn on to learn the way we obtained on utilizing it.

Ease of Use

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Earlier than we get into the nitty gritty of the digicam and apps, let’s have a look across the modern and slender Xperia 1 III.

It is nonetheless obtained an ultra-wide 6.5″, 21:9 facet ratio 4K HDR OLED (3840×1644 pixel) display. With a 1,000,000:1 distinction ratio and 10-bit equal show, the colors are rendered fantastically.

Asides from being the proper format for watching motion pictures and gaming, there are a couple of different advantages to ultra-wide screens.

With a maximised show dimension, the ‘multi-window’ perform that permits you to view and function two apps concurrently has sufficient room to breathe – it is a real choice.

That ultra-wide 21:9 facet ratio of the display additionally provides a cleaner show for picture making, being completely suited to video, however on this case additionally for images. That is as a result of within the Professional Picture app, the digicam features and menus are displayed within the empty area to the facet of the highest quality 4:3 facet ratio stay view.

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Total, the display is nice, though we did discover it a problem at occasions to see it clearly when out in direct summer time daylight, even at its brightest setting.

The cellphone itself is narrower than different 6.5in telephones and subsequently simpler to carry. Nevertheless, it is lengthy format is unwieldy for single-hand use and you may typically need each of your palms free for utilizing the digicam.

Design-wise, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on either side make the Xperia 1 III a fair harder cellphone than the Mark II. You’ll nonetheless need to purchase a protecting case although, not least of which as a result of the graceful floor is slippery.

It additionally gives water resistance to an IPX5/IPX8 score and mud resistance to an IP6X score.

The battery has an elevated 4,500mAh capability and may be charged to 50% in round half-hour with the provided 30w charger. You may simply get a full day’s use on a single cost – a efficiency that matches as much as the competitors. There’s additionally compatibility with a wi-fi charger dock, though this unit isn’t provided with the cellphone.

An additional look across the cellphone reveals the one SIM/ micro SDXC card slot, quantity management, on/off button and a button that can be utilized for picture seize with the digicam. Lo and behold, there’s additionally a 3.5mm headphone jack, too, and a considerably superfluous new devoted Google Assistant button.

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For faster and simpler entry, we want to see an on-screen fingerprint scanner, as a substitute of the ability on/off scanner.

As normal, the interior reminiscence is a beneficiant 256GB and a micro SDXC card card be put in with help for playing cards as much as 1TB.

On the rear is the triple lens digicam, flash and a 3D iToF sensor used for autofocus and depth sensing. Fortunately, the lenses are positioned within the higher left as you maintain the digicam in panorama format for taking images, which means your fingers are a lot much less prone to get in the way in which.

The first rear lens has a 24mm focal size with 82° area of view and most f/1.7 aperture. You then have the brand new twin telephoto 70mm and 105mm digicam with 34° and 23° fields of view and f/2.3 and f/2.8 most apertures respectively, plus the 16mm ultra-wide lens with 124° area of view and f/2.2 most aperture. It is also potential to digitally zoom in with any of these lenses, as much as a most of 300mm utilizing the 24mm lens.

There’s a single front-facing ‘selfie’ digicam with 8MP decision, 78° area of view and f/2.0 most aperture.

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Whereas out and about, we’ve got actually appreciated what every of the 16mm, 24mm and 70/105mm lenses carry. For panorama situations, that ultra-wide lens is especially helpful. We’ve largely ignored the digital zoom due to the opposed affect on picture high quality.

Every lens gives a most 12MP picture dimension at 4:3 facet ratio, whereas utilizing a unique space of the brand new sensor, with the first 24mm lens utilising the sensor absolutely. And the digicam sensor is 1/1.7”, which is 50% bigger unit than the one discovered within the authentic Xperia 1.

It appears unusual to think about 12MP a low decision for a smartphone, however this very ethos has served the photograph high quality in Apple iPhone and Google Pixel telephones very properly.

For images and video there are two primary methods to manage the digicam, via the devoted Cinema Professional and Picture Professional apps or via the brand new Primary mode, which has successfully changed the native digicam app. Be aware that the Primary mode is the one one that permits you to use an onscreen shutter button – the extra superior taking pictures modes require you to make use of the bodily shutter button as a substitute.

Within the Primary mode, you’ll be able to change between the 4 focal lengths, modify brightness by way of a slider, manually add a bokeh impact with the 24mm, 70mm and 105mm lenses solely (bokeh is the phrase used to explain the aesthetic high quality of out-of-focus areas), choose the drive mode, flash mode and facet ratio, and change to the entrance dealing with digicam. For movies, you’ll be able to modify the brightness, flip HDR on/off, and switch the Torch on/off.

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There are a couple of extra photograph modes; panorama (which works rather well), ‘gradual movement’ (for 120fps full HD movies), Portrait Selfie, and Artistic impact (for varied filters together with Previous Movie, Mirror and Harris Shutter).

To change to the extra superior taking pictures modes, you now extra merely choose Primary within the top-right nook, which reveals a horizontal menu with 5 different choices – Auto, P, S, M and MR.

Benefiting from that ultra-wide show, the structure within the Professional apps is sensible. Sony Alpha customers can be accustomed to the menu structure, with Auto and PSM publicity modes, EV compensation, Af-On and AEL buttons, drive mode, AF mode, focus space, ISO, metering, flash, white steadiness, Face/ Eye detection AF, file format, facet ratio and dynamic vary optimiser/HDR.

There’s even a Lock slider to stop the digicam settings from being inadvertently modified. A histogram, grid traces and stage gauge can all be displayed in actual time too.

Our solely criticism of the Picture Professional UI is that the menu structure does not robotically rotate when utilizing the digicam in portrait mode, which makes utilizing the assorted onscreen icons much more tough than in panorama mode. Unusually, portrait orientation does work within the new Primary mode, however not in any of the opposite extra superior modes,

Images are taken within the Professional app utilizing the shutter button on the facet of the cellphone. In contrast to the usual digicam app, there is no such thing as a on-screen shutter button choice. We discovered the facet shutter button just a little on the stiff facet, particularly when attempting to get a grip on the slippery rear floor. Ideally you will have each palms out there to carry the cellphone.

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Finally, those that know a bit about images will actually benefit from the Picture Professional App. And like within the newest Sony Alpha cameras, the continual AF within the Xperia 1 III is great in a variety of situations.

That is helped by the brand new addition of real-time monitoring straight from the Alpha vary of mirrorless cameras. This new function can precisely detect and give attention to a topic after which hold monitoring it even when it briefly strikes out of sight.

Sony’s industry-leading real-time face and eye detection AF is accessible right here for each individuals and animals and has unerring accuracy and reliability.

There’s the reassurance that steady AF is on the cash by way of these signature inexperienced squares that you just get displayed over your tracked topic – be it face or eye detection.

Then there are the drive modes supported by quick steady AF – as much as 20fps with steady AF and AE. That headline-grabbing steady excessive drive mode is unfortunately solely out there when utilizing the 24mm lens solely, although, whereas the opposite lenses are supported with a nonetheless fairly quick 10fps steady low drive mode.

In low distinction gentle, AF is great too, for a cellphone. Regardless of the state of affairs, the Xperia 1 III is lightning fast for focus and seize. It nearly appears absurd (in a great way) to have such action-photography-friendly options on a “mere” cellphone.

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We additionally have to touch upon the Cinema Professional app for video. You get 4K (3840×1644) or 2K (2520×1080) seize at as much as 60fps and new 120fps slow-motion, plus eight color grade presets along with a regular look. The shutter is robotically adjusted in line with your FPS, whether or not it’s 24, 25, 30 or 60fps – that is actually useful.

All 4 focal lengths can be found for video mode, though not all FPS choices are. With a hard and fast aperture of f/1.7 to f/2.8 relying on the lens in use, direct daylight is simply too brilliant even utilizing the bottom ISO 50 setting and positively when taking pictures at 24fps. We could not discover an ND filter impact choice to scale back gentle transmission. So if you wish to shoot video in daylight, 60fps is your solely actual choice.

Video AF is sweet albeit with just a little ‘twitching’ because it makes these micro changes, whereas handbook focus is managed by deciding on the space on a slider.

There’s a actually neat function to pick two handbook focus presets (‘A’ and ‘B’) on the slider to make a right away change between these two distances. We will see plenty of use for this function and are nonetheless pinching ourselves that that is on a cellphone! Guide focus transitions are actually clean.

A common bitter statement concerning the Xperia 1 III is that not all options can be found in all modes or for all 4 focal lengths and it will take some time to work out what’s certainly potential.

All in all, the Xperia 1 III is much more succesful for photograph and video recording than the earlier Mark II model, is backed up a extra highly effective processor, longer battery life and people very intuitive Professional apps. It isn’t for everybody, in reality, its dealing with is aimed squarely at discerning picture makers who can be stunned by what is feasible.

Picture High quality

The entire pattern pictures on this evaluate have been taken utilizing the 12 megapixel JPEG setting, which produces a median picture dimension of round 7Mb.


Guide publicity management is feasible within the Picture Professional mode (though the aperture is fastened), with an ISO 64-3200 vary, plus auto ISO. The ISO setting may be shifted in 1/3EV steps, and we’ve got included an identical pictures taken on the base ISO after which each full ISO cease between ISO 100 and 3200, that is nearly seven stops in all.

With a most aperture between f/1.7 and f/2.8 relying on the lens in use, plus 5-axis picture stabilisation, likelihood is the Xperia 1 III can be set to ISO 64 or ISO 100 by way of auto ISO nearly all of the time. And in good distinction gentle akin to daylight, element is sharp in these settings.

Definitely, you will need to do your greatest to make use of ISO 64 or ISO 100 as a result of the opposed impact of noise is progressive with every ISO setting improve. Viewing pictures at 100% dimension on display, element stays moderately sharp as much as ISO 400, then mushier from ISO 800 and better.

In low distinction gentle akin to shadows, JPEG element can be just a little mushier than within the brighter areas regardless of the ISO setting. Noise can be influenced just a little by the lens in use – you will get highest quality footage potential through the use of the first 24mm lens.

All being stated, most pictures can be seen on a smartphone or pill and can seem very sharp as much as ISO 800.


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Focal Vary

Three entrance lenses present 4 equal focal lengths of 16mm, 24mm, 70mm and 105mm, with the 24mm being the first lens. Every lens can digitally zoom in, with a most attain of 300mm when utilizing the 24mm lens.










As with all small-sensor smartphone, the Xperia 1 II has first rate macro capabilities. It is minimal focus distance is roughly 10cm.



Each within the Picture Professional and the usual digicam apps, the flash choices are; auto, fill-flash, red-eye discount, off and torch. Relying on lens alternative, app alternative and digicam settings, not all flash choices can be found and there are inconsistencies between apps.






Shutter pace and ISO is automated in the usual digicam app, however within the Picture Professional app these settings may be manually adjusted. The utmost digicam settings for night time images is a 30 second shutter pace and ISO 3200.


Pattern Pictures

It is a collection of pattern pictures from the Sony Xperia 1 III digicam, which have been all taken utilizing the 12 megapixel JPEG setting. The thumbnails under hyperlink to the full-sized variations, which haven’t been altered in any approach.

Pattern RAW Pictures

The Sony Xperia 1 III allows customers to seize RAW and JPEG format recordsdata. We have supplied some Sony RAW (DNG) samples so that you can obtain (thumbnail pictures proven under will not be 100% consultant).”

Pattern Films & Video

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 30 frames per second utilizing the 0.7x lens. Please notice that this 15 second film is 101Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 30 frames per second utilizing the 1x lens. Please notice that this 15 second film is 102Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 30 frames per second utilizing the two.9x lens. Please notice that this 15 second film is 101Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 30 frames per second utilizing the 4.4x lens. Please notice that this 15 second film is 101Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern slow-motion film on the high quality setting of 3840×1644 pixels at 120 frames per second. Please notice that this film is 146Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 60 frames per second. Please notice that this 15 second film is 55Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please notice that this 15 second film is 33Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern slow-motion film on the high quality setting of 1280×720 pixels at 120 frames per second. Please notice that this film is 102Mb in dimension.

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The Sony Xperia 1 III represents a modest moderately than radical improve from the one-year-old Xperia 1I, with an improved show with 120Hz refresh charge, quicker processor, longer battery life, 4K 120fps slow-motion motion pictures, real-time AF monitoring and the distinctive variable 2.9x/4.4x telephoto lens comprising the principal enhancements.

We beloved the Xperia II’s Picture Professional and Cinema Professional apps, and fortunately Sony have solely made them even higher on the Mark III by integrating a brand new Primary mode which successfully replaces the standard fundamental, automated native digicam app. We solely want that all the taking pictures modes supported portrait orientation, and never solely the Primary mode.

Nonetheless, the very fact stays that whether or not you’re a Sony Alpha digicam consumer or just a photograph fanatic, the structure and dealing with of the Picture Professional app is arguably the very best round in any smartphone, clearly designed for individuals who need extra artistic management. For those who’ve ever been pissed off by your cellphone’s digicam app, be sure to check out the Xperia interface to see what it ought to actually be like.

On the flip facet, much less skilled customers could also be considerably alienated in the case of the digicam. One instance is that there are nonetheless no devoted algorithms for a ‘Evening Mode’, one thing that almost all flagship telephones now provide, however you’ll be able to take handbook management of shutter pace for night time pictures and obtain nice outcomes. Finally, you will must manually work out plenty of issues for your self.

There are nonetheless loads of quirks, too, akin to sure settings which can be out there in some situations and for one of many lenses that might not be for others, with no obvious workaround.

With an RRP of £1,199 / $1,299, the launch value has crept up by £$100 in comparison with the Xperia II, pitching it in opposition to the perfect flagship merchandise from Samsung, Apple, OnePlus and Huawei.

It is nonetheless a moderately distinctive gadget, although, that genuinely gives one thing totally different from the mainstream, which is particularly true for photographers and videographers because of the wonderful Picture Professional and Cinema Professional apps and its reliance on the talent of the consumer moderately than automated modes.

Sony Xperia might not be your first alternative of smartphone model, and even in your prime 5, however the brand new Xperia 1 III is a real challenger to the larger smartphone names in the case of images.

4 stars

Scores (out of 5)
Design 4
Options 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Picture high quality 4
Worth for cash 3

Fundamental Rivals

Listed under are a few of the rivals of the Sony Xperia 1 III.

The Apple iPhone 12 Professional Max is billed as the last word iPhone for photographers, boasting a bigger sensor for the primary digicam, a 2.5x zoom lens and a a lot larger display and general dimension than the usual Professional model. With costs beginning at round £$1099, is that this actually the very best iPhone for images? Learn our in-depth iPhone 12 Professional Max evaluate now, full with full-size pattern images and movies…

The Apple iPhone 12 Professional is one among 4 new iPhones launched for 2020, becoming a member of the Mini, Professional Max, and the usual mannequin. With costs beginning at round £$999, is that this the very best iPhone for photographers? Learn our in-depth iPhone 12 Professional evaluate now, full with full-size pattern images and movies…

The Pixel 5 is Google’s flagship smartphone for 2020, but it is priced at simply £599 / $699. Does it provide related efficiency and options to different, way more costly range-topping handsets? Learn our in-depth Google Pixel 5 evaluate to search out out if what it gives photographers, full with full-size pattern images and movies.

The P40 Professional is Huawei’s new flagship smartphone for 2020. That includes a 6.58-inch display, 50 megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom lens and 4K video recording, can it overcome its much-publicized lack of Google App help? Discover out now by studying our in-depth Huawei P40 Professional evaluate, full with full-size pattern pictures and movies…

The OnePlus 9 Professional is the most recent flagship smartphone for 2021 from OnePlus. Discover out if that is the very best smartphone for photographers and videographers by studying our in-depth OnePlus 9 Professional evaluate, full with full-size pattern images and movies.

The Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely is Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone, boasting a 6.9-inch display, 108 megapixel normal digicam, 5x optical zoom, 8K video, tremendous gradual movement video, Professional taking pictures mode and Uncooked seize. Check out our in-depth Samsung Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely evaluate to search out out if that is the very best smartphone digicam for eager photographers…

The Galaxy S21 Extremely is Samsung’s new flagship smartphone for 2021. That includes a quad-camera setup with 108 megapixels and a 10x optical zoom, 8K video recording, a 5000mAH battery and 5G connectivity, is that this the last word smartphone for eager photographers? Discover out now by studying our knowledgeable Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely evaluate, full with full-size pattern images and movies…

The Sony Xperia 1 II is a brand new flagship smartphone providing a variety of professional picture and video options geared toward eager digicam lovers. These embody 20fps with steady autofocus focus and autoexposure and actual time eye AF for people and animals, utilising applied sciences borrowed from the Alpha A9 full-frame mirrorless digicam. Learn our in-depth Sony Xperia 1 II evaluate, full with full-size pattern pictures and movies, to search out out if this new smartphone hits the mark for critical images…

The Sony Xperia 5 II is a brand new mid-range smartphone that inherits plenty of the core options from the flagship Xperia 1 II mannequin, in a smaller and extra reasonably priced type issue. Learn our in-depth Sony Xperia 5 II evaluate, full with full-size pattern pictures and movies, to search out out if this new smartphone can fulfill the intense photographer…

You have in all probability by no means heard of Vivo earlier than, however that should not put you off the brand new X51 5G, among the best smartphones for images that we have ever reviewed. What makes the Vivo X5 5G so particular for each stills and video? Discover out now by studying our in-depth evaluate…

Evaluation Roundup

Opinions of the Sony Xperia 1 III from across the net.

The Sony Xperia 1 III isn’t for everybody, however for individuals who take pleasure in Sony’s Android telephones, or who need a top-tier smartphone with a flexible digicam, a stupendous display and robust battery life, it is a nice alternative. It’s costly, and its design means it isn’t for everyone, but when your finances can stretch to it, and you are a fan of its seems, it may very well be an amazing choice.

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This may very well be all of the cellphone that many will want, with an amazing show, loads of energy and helpful options just like the headphone socket and expandable storage. However the digicam is difficult by Sony’s try to make it extra ‘professional’, lacking the mark hit by many others in the case of fundamental efficiency.

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The Sony Xperia 1 III is a superb cellphone that I received’t advocate to many individuals. As soon as once more, Sony has created a stupendous gadget with some distinctive, marquee options like a 4K-ish OLED 120Hz display, nice photo-taking facilities like a bodily shutter button and a high-quality handbook digicam app, and top-notch {hardware} for leisure consumption, like twin front-facing audio system and an honest-to-god headphone jack. You received’t discover that mixture among the many different big-name flagships in the marketplace.

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165 x 71 x 8.2 mm


186 g


6.5″ 21:9 CinemaWide™ show
4K HDR OLED (3840 x 1644)
120Hz Refresh charge, 240Hz Movement blur discount, 240Hz Contact scanning charge, Creator mode “powered by CineAlta” – Impressed by Grasp Monitor color copy, DCI-P3 100%, ITU-R BT.2020 (REC.2020), Illuminant D65 White level, 10 bit tonal gradation, X1™ for cellular
H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG-4 Video, AV1, VP8, VP9


Waterproof (IPX5/IPX8), Mud proof (IP6X)
Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™ (Entrance), Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 (Rear)


Triple lens digicam

Rear Digicam (1)

1/1.7″ Exmor RS™ for cellular sensor
24 mm

Rear Digicam (2)

1/2.9” Exmor RS™ for cellular sensor
F2.3 (70 mm), F2.8 (105 mm)
70 mm, 105 mm
34° (70 mm), 23° (105 mm)

Rear Digicam (3)

1/2.5″ Exmor RS™ for cellular sensor
16 mm

Digicam Options

Images Professional, ZEISS® high quality lenses calibrated particularly for Xperia 1 III, ZEISS® T* Coating, As much as 20fps AF/AE, As much as 60 occasions per second steady AF/AE calculation, Actual-time Eye AF (Human, Animal), Actual-time monitoring, 3D iToF, Twin photograph diode, RGB-IR, OIS photograph, Picture flash, Picture gentle, Hybrid zoom 12.5x (based mostly on Huge digicam 24 mm), AI Tremendous Decision Zoom, HDR (Excessive Dynamic Vary) photograph
JPEG (.jpg), RAW (.dng)

Video Recording

Cinematography Professional “powered by CineAlta”, 4K HDR Film recording 24, 25, 30, 60 and 120fps slow-motion, OIS and EIS Video, Optical SteadyShot™with FlawlessEye™, SteadyShot™ with Clever Energetic Mode (5-axis stabilization), Clever wind filter
.mp4 (H.264, H.265)

Entrance Digicam (1)

HDR (Excessive Dynamic Vary) photograph, SteadyShot™ with Clever Energetic Mode (5-axis stabilization), Portrait selfie, Show flash, Hand gesture


Hello-Decision Audio, Excessive-Decision Audio Wi-fi (LDAC)
3.5 mm audio jack, 360 Actuality Audio, 360 Actuality Audio {hardware} decoding, 360 Spatial Sound, Full-stage stereo audio system, Dolby Atmos®, DSEE Final, Stereo Recording, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD audio
AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, AAC-ELD, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, FLAC, MP3, MIDI, Vorbis, PCM, Opus, ALAC, DSD, Dolby Atmos, Dolby AC-4, 360 Actuality Audio Music Format


PS4 Distant Play, DUALSHOCK®4 Management compatibility, Sport enhancer


Dynamic Vibration System

Reminiscence & Storage

microSDXC help (as much as 1 TB)

SIM Functionality

Twin SIM hybrid

Working System

Android™ 11


Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 5G Cell Platform


4500 mAh
USB Energy Supply (USB PD) quick charging
Xperia Adaptive Charging, Battery Care, STAMINA Mode, Qi Wi-fi charging, Battery Share perform


850, 900, 1800, 1900
2100 (Band 1), 1900 (Band 2), 1700 (Band 4), 850 (Band 5), 800 (Band 6), 900 (Band 8), 800 (Band 19)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66
n1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n77, n78


A-GPS, A-GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS
Bluetooth® 5.2 wi-fi know-how
USB 3.1 Gen1
Good connectivity, Google Solid, NFC, Output video/picture by way of Show Port help TypeC Cable or USB-C to HDMI Adapter Cable (Show port 4K/60fps)


Fingerprint sensor


Listening to Support Compatibility (HAC)

, Teletypewriter (TTY)
/SCREEN READERS: Choose to Communicate, TalkBack, Textual content-to-speech output /DISPLAY: Font dimension, Show dimension, Darkish theme, Magnification, Color correction, Color inversion, Massive mouse pointer, Take away animations /INTERACTION CONTROLS: Accessibility Menu, Swap Entry, Click on after mouse pointer stops shifting, Energy button ends name, Auto-rotate display, Contact & maintain delay, Time to take motion (Accessibility timeout), Vibration & haptic power, System navigation /AUDIO & ON-SCREEN TEXT: Mono audio, Audio steadiness, Caption preferences /EXPERIMENTAL: Excessive distinction textual content, Shortcut from lock display


The brand new Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III smartphones function the world’s first Variable smartphone telephoto lens paired with a Twin-PD sensor and 4K HDR OLED 120Hz Refresh charge show.

Each units additionally provide Actual-time Eye AF for people and animals, newly geared up Actual-time Monitoring and quick, and correct steady AF throughout all lenses, plus 20fps Burst Mode with low gentle noise discount powered by BIONZ X processor and model new AI tremendous decision zoom know-how.

The Xperia 1 III and 5 III will each be out there from early Summer season 2021, pricing to be introduced.

Sony Press Launch

14th April 2021, Sony as we speak introduced two new additions to its Xperia 1 and 5 flagships collection line-ups with Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. Each units present a wealthy assortment of built-in options that join the Xperia neighborhood with its passions. Whether or not they’re photographers, audiophiles, cinephiles, avid gamers or cinematographers alike, the following technology of Xperia 1 and 5 flagships collection will enrich the consumer expertise with its plethora of latest options. That is the following stage of Xperia that transforms with pace and past.

  • World´s first smartphone with a Variable telephoto lens paired with a twin PD sensor
  • Actual-time Eye AF for people and animals, newly geared up Actual-time Monitoring and quick, correct steady AF throughout all lenses
  • 20fps Burst Mode with low gentle noise discount powered by BIONZ X™
  • Model new AI tremendous decision zoom know-how
  • Up to date Images Professional function – now geared up with ‘Primary Mode’
  • World’s first smartphone with a 4K HDR 120Hz Refresh charge show crafted from Gorilla® Glass Victus™
  • Advanced Full-stage stereo audio system – now 40% louder than earlier mannequin
  • New and improved Sport Enhancer options – together with a brand new audio equaliser, an optimised V.C microphone and excessive body charge recording function
  • World’s first smartphone to breed 360 Actuality Audio within the audio system, because the recording artist meant it to be heard
  • Addition of name new 360 Spatial Sound – for an immersive audio expertise
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 5G Cell Platform
  • Improved battery life (4500mAh) and the power to cost as much as 50% of capability in half-hour with the kitted 30W charger – along with a newly prolonged battery lifetime of as much as three years

Skilled know-how from Alpha cameras

Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III have been co-developed with the engineers behind Alpha collection cameras, famend for his or her industry-leading autofocus know-how. Each fashions embody quick, correct steady AF throughout all lenses and Actual-time Eye AF. And in Xperia 5 III, object monitoring know-how is featured, permitting photographers to seize correct pictures of shifting topics in all kinds of situations with a easy faucet on the display.

Xperia 1 III presents a extra subtle function set for photographers who attempt for image excellent outcomes. Object monitoring is upgraded with Actual-time Monitoring, permitting customers to shoot essentially the most difficult shifting topics in exact focus. Utilizing AI-based algorithms and the 3D iToF sensor to measure distance, Actual-time Monitoring can precisely detect and give attention to a topic and proceed to trace it even when it briefly strikes out of sight .

Moreover, each fashions provide steady AF that performs AF / AE calculations at 60 occasions per second – enabling customers to shoot and retailer 20 pictures (20fps) with excessive precision, correct focus and optimised publicity . This stage of efficiency is akin to that utilized in skilled sports activities cameras such because the Alpha 9 collection. The BIONZ X™ processor allows customers to shoot in low-light situations in Burst Mode for the primary time, producing outcomes with noise discount which have by no means beforehand been potential in predecessor fashions.

Attain past expectation with a Variable telephoto lens

A key function for each fashions is a World´s first smartphone with Variable telephoto lens paired with Twin PD sensor that reaches as much as a 105mm focal size – complemented by quick autofocus because of its Twin PDAF sensor. When switching between 70mm and 105mm, the main focus is adjusted immediately to swiftly seize the wonder within the element.

Photographers can additional develop their artistic potentialities with 16mm, 24mm, 70mm and 105mm focal lengths for taking pictures gorgeous compositions – whether or not that be landscapes, portraits or animals. Each fashions proceed to function ZEISSTM optics calibrated particularly for the Xperia smartphone. The ZEISSTM T* coating contributes to beautiful rendering and distinction by lowering reflections.

A wealth of artistic alternatives

The following technology of Xperia each incorporate new AI tremendous decision zoom. This know-how makes use of Sony’s AI processing to revive element and definition to photographs, making certain precision isn’t compromised.

Like their older siblings, Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III function the Images Professional perform. Developed in collaboration with skilled photographers, it mirrors lots of the handbook controls out there in Alpha collection cameras together with ISO, shutter pace, EV Indicator, RAW help plus a devoted shutter button (with embossed ending solely on the Xperia 1 III). New for this yr’s smartphones is the ‘Primary Mode’ function in Images Professional which allows quick entry to a variety of easy-to-use images options together with a contact shutter button, portrait orientation, creative bokeh impact, panorama, and extra.

The Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III additionally options the very newest Optical SteadyShot™ with FlawlessEye™ , which {couples} the picture sensor’s elevated studying pace with authentic Sony algorithm for optical picture stabilisation. The result’s supremely clean, shake-free video footage.

Transporting cinephiles to the large display

Whether or not on the go or at residence in consolation, the brand new Xperia fashions are a real cinephiles dream. Xperia 1 III includes a bigger than life 6.5” 21:9 CinemaWideTM 4K HDR OLED show with 120Hz Refresh rateiv while Xperia 5 III gives a shocking 6.1″ 21:9 CinemaWide™ HDR OLED show with 120Hz Refresh charge. Each fashions transport customers right into a uniquely immersive viewing expertise, permitting them to lose themselves of their favorite motion pictures or TV exhibits.

Customers can now take pleasure in their favorite leisure because the producers meant with the Creator Mode. “Powered by CineAlta”, it now includes a manufacturing unit calibrated OLED show with extremely correct white level which mirrors the color copy of Sony skilled color displays utilized in main Hollywood studio productions. Moreover, each fashions function 10-bit equal shows (8-bit with 2-bit smoothing) that may show a myriad of colors with out banding and help BT.2020 color area.

Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III seize the senses and provide an audio-visual expertise like no different. In step with their predecessors, they profit from the X1™ for cellular engine which brings BRAVIA HDR remastering know-how to all the pieces customers watch which means that content material is fantastically expressive. Streaming content material is extra lifelike than ever with extra distinction, color and readability. Likewise, because of the continued incorporation of Dolby Atmos® sound tuned in collaboration with Sony Footage Leisure, customers can expertise a totally immersive, multi-dimensional efficiency with headphones or the smartphone’s built-in Full-stage stereo audio system.

Play to win

Players can achieve a key benefit with the superior upgrades in Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. The acquainted 21:9 show transports gamers into the thick of the motion and due to a brand new and improved 120Hz Refresh charge show , now integrated within the 1 collection, in addition to the 5 collection, fasting-moving objects are rendered clearly for critically clean gameplay. The addition of 240Hz Movement blur discount additionally means the show updates at an unimaginable 240 occasions per second for blur-free, crystal clear efficiency. 240Hz Contact scanning charge additionally ensures that the motion occurs precisely as meant and an important benefit over the competitors.

One other new function in each fashions is the power to regulate white steadiness – lowering pressure on the eyes and permitting for longer durations of cellular gameplay. The brand new L-y raiser (low gamma raiser) additionally makes it simpler to see opponents in the dead of night by adjusting picture particulars in darkish areas and highlighting enemies with out overexposing brilliant areas of the display.

Combining visible excellence with an immersive audio expertise is essential for each Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. Players can plug-in their favorite headset by way of a 3.5mm headphone jack and expertise the audible advantages of the fashions’ new options with minimal latency. The brand new Audio equaliser lets customers management, heighten and minimise sounds akin to footsteps and gunshots, permitting them to listen to their opponents approaching and react forward of them . And for these enjoying in groups, the brand new optimised V.C. microphone permits for clear communication by lowering background noise based mostly on the customers chosen headset sort .

Avid avid gamers can now relive profitable moments in all their glory because of excessive body charge recording at as much as 120fps . No matter they’re enjoying, R.T. report (Rewind time report) robotically pre-records 30 seconds of recreation footage. So avid gamers can simply rewind and seize key moments like match-winning performs and share them on-line with pals and fellow opponents.

Lastly, because of integrated Warmth Suppression energy management (H. S. energy management), gaming efficiency stays uncompromised. By powering the cellphone methods immediately, moderately than charging the battery, thermal stress on the handsets is lowered and overheating is averted.

Create motion pictures just like the professionals

Cinematography Professional “powered by CineAlta” allows extra alternative for participating, storytelling with dramatic slow-motion cinematography creation, all inside a 4K HDR 120fps slow-motion film recording function which may seize and playback as much as 5x slow-motion when set at 24fps. It additionally information in 21:9 ratio at 24/25/30/60fps, enhancing cinematic expression. Eight totally different Look color administration pre-sets will let you fully change the temper of your scenes, utilising totally different cinema types, a significant device in superior storytelling. Sony’s distinctive Clever wind filter know-how makes use of award-winning audio separation know-how to scale back wind interference for clearer audio recording.

New options inside each fashions embody a variety of UI enhancements designed particularly with film makers in thoughts. As an example, to assist customers management their workflow, they’ll simply test how a lot free reminiscence is remaining and the way a lot recording time remains to be out there. They’ll additionally simply test which parameters they used on a particular clip, to be able to apply them to different initiatives. Every clip’s parameter particulars now embody decision, FPS, look, lens, stabiliser, WB, ISO, shutter angle/ pace, focus and audio stage. That is additional complemented with the power to evaluate and organise footage with clip playback, permitting customers to play again clips with a easy swipe on the cellphone’s show.

Audio playback because the recording artist meant

Very like the immersive expertise for cinephiles, the brand new Xperia fashions utilise sound tuned in collaboration with Sony Music Leisure. Along with distinctive {hardware} decoding, a newly developed speaker virtualiser allows Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III to be the world’s first smartphones to breed 360 Actuality Audio within the audio system.vii Listeners can Immerse themselves in sound that’s so genuine, it should really feel like they’re at a stay live performance or with the artist recording in a studio. All loved via the Full-stage stereo audio system or with wired or wi-fi headphones. To prime it off, new TIDAL subscribers will get three months of TIDAL Hello-Fi free once they purchase both mannequin, together with the 360 Actuality Audio expertise.

If the music supply being listened to is 2-channel stereo, the brand new 360 Spatial Sound comes into play. It allows the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III to upmix stereo tracks and virtualize to an immersive sound expertise, in actual time. The know-how works with native audio recordsdata and streaming companies to additional improve the listening expertise.

Excessive-quality music may be additional loved via the Full-stage stereo audio system or when listening with headphones both wirelessly or with the three.5mm audio jack. The Full-stage stereo audio system are positioned on the entrance of the cellphone to successfully reproduce the sound area. And as an unique replace for Xperia 1 III, at the moment are 40% extra highly effective than its predecessor . That is because of a brand new speaker field construction, which has been designed each to enhance sound strain and get rid of vibration. The audio quantity via audio-out (by way of the three.5mm audio jack) has additionally been improved by roughly 40%, whereas sound high quality has improved with much less distortion close to the utmost output stage.

In addition to Excessive-Decision and Excessive-Decision Wi-fi Audio, each Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III proceed to supply DSEE Final which boosts the standard of digital music utilizing Sony AI know-how, together with audio and video streaming companies. It robotically improves audio frequency and dynamic vary in real-time, taking every observe near high-resolution audio.

All of the pace you want

Combining 5G and Wi-Fi connectivity with the most recent Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 5G Cell Platform, the following technology of Xperia raises the bar for smartphone efficiency. That is because of the Qualcomm® Kryo™ 680 CPU enabling 25% increased efficiency and Qualcomm® Adreno™ 660 GPU delivering 35% quicker graphic rendering than the earlier technology.

Good connectivity takes Xperia’s deep studying know-how that utilises Sony’s Neural Community Libraries and analyses Wi-Fi alerts to foretell near-future connectivity points. The Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III assesses the standard of accessible Wi-Fi earlier than connecting so there is no extra grabbing Wi-Fi that does not work. If it predicts any compromise in Wi-Fi connection high quality, it makes use of cellular information as a substitute.

With a 4,500mAh battery, each fashions provide loads of energy to maintain customers going via the day whereas a variety of charging options helps maximise comfort and extend battery life. When the battery wants a lift, it may be charged as much as 50% in simply half-hour with the included charger XZQ-UC1. Moreover, Xperia Adaptive Charging permits the battery life to be prolonged as much as three years (up from two in earlier fashions) in each fashions. Xperia Adaptive Charging works by monitoring the cellphone because it expenses, to ensure the battery is not overworked.

Lastly, Xperia 1 III gives a wi-fi charging and Battery share perform, permitting the gadget to be related to a wi-fi charger to conveniently prime up the battery. Due to the Battery share perform, it will possibly double as a charging pad for different units too.

Smooth design with performance in thoughts

Each Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III are crafted to be strong. The Xperia 1 III combines high-quality supplies with a daring and distinctive design. From the frosted glass on the again to the blasted steel body, it is an irresistible mix of type and performance. It additionally options Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™ on the show, the hardest Gorilla® Glass but – boasting enchancment in each drop and scratch efficiency. In the meantime, the Xperia 5 III is its compact cousin that includes Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6™ on the rear and the show with a modern mirror-glass end and a strong steel body. For additional peace of thoughts, each fashions additionally function IP65/68 water resistance and safety in opposition to mud.

For the busy multi-taskers, each fashions function upgrades to the multi-window performance. With the pop-up window function, customers can simply deal with a brand new job, then get proper again to what they have been doing.

Final however not least, when paired with Sony headphones , customers can simply entry the Sony | Headphones Join app utilizing the brand new Facet Sense menu for swift connectivity.


Each fashions can be found with a brand new and improved Antibacterial Fashion Cowl. Designed with sturdiness in thoughts, the covers function a built-in stand to help horizontal placement and supply a cushty viewing expertise. They’re additionally coated with anti-bacterial materials that has a safety charge of as much as 99.9% – stopping cell development and sustaining cleanliness.

A 30W compact charger can be out there and options USB-C energy supply. Safely designed for overheat safety, this new charger is licensed with PPS help (Programmable Energy Provide) to scale back warmth affect.


Xperia 1 III can be out there in Frosted Black and Frosted Purple, and transport with AndroidTM 11 from early Summer season 2021.

Xperia 5 III can be out there in Black and Inexperienced, and transport with AndroidTM 11 from early Summer season 2021.

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