Sony Introduces the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III

Despite its continuing struggles in the smartwatch market, Sony Mobile unveils two more new smartphone models. The Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III are two flagship models that come with various refinements. In terms of photography technology, it also offers an innovative and bold move.


Compared to other flagships in the market, both smartphone models have similar design styles, with glass backs, chamfered metal frames, uniform bezels and spacious display with 21:9 aspect ratio. The camera bump has elongated shape and on the right side, the power button also works as capacitive fingerprint reader. To operate the camera, you get a two-step shutter button that provides more control if you love taking photos regularly. The presence of 3.5mm headphone jack is good thing for many users.


The Xperia 1 III has 6.5-inch OLED display with 4k resolution, CinemaWide HDR technology, 120Hz refresh rate and 21:9 aspect ratio. The Xperia 5 III has smaller 6.1-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution, CinemaWide HDR technology, 120Hz refresh rate and 21:9 aspect ratio. The CineAlta feature offers excellent colour accuracy. Along with X1 remastering technology, Bravia HDR and powerful front-facing stereo speakers with DolbyAtmos support make it enjoyable to watch movies and play games.


While other flagships are offering cameras with variable telephoto lens, Sony is making a breakthrough with periscope zoom system for its new smartphone models. Just like a real camera, there’s a moving optical element inside the movement with four focal lengths. They both work for well when taking pictures and recording videos. On the back, there are three cameras, 12Mp primary wide, 12Mp ultra wide-angle and 12Mp telephoto with up to 4.4x optical zoom. There’s also a ToF sensor. The Xperia 5 III has the same camera configuration, but without the ToF sensor. The OIS feature ensures sharper still pictures and videos, especially if you have a jerky hand. The camera can record 4k videos at 120fps and Full HD videos at 240fps. When capturing fast moving objects, you can enable the 20fps burst mode to get a few perfect still photos.


In both devices, there is a 4500mAh battery, although the Xperia 5 III is more compact device than its sibling. Although they don’t have the largest capacity, you will still definitely get a whole day of operational time with a single charge. Sony includes 30W quick charger with these models, saving you from any kind of drama for having to buy it separately. The company says that in 30 minutes you can get 50 percent charge. Although this still can’t compete fast chargers from China, it’s still a step up for China.

Price and availability

There are two colour options of Xperia 1 III, Frosted Purple and Frosted Black. The Xperia 5 III will arrive in Green and Black. All of them will include Android 11 operating system. Sony will announce pricing for both devices later and availability in the US will start from summer.