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Sony Xperia 1 III Assessment


The Sony Xperia 1 III is the corporate’s newest flagship smartphone for 2021, accessible 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 modern variable telephoto lens that has been paired with a Twin PD sensor. Primarily, the third digital camera module presents 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 newest 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 fee and no notches.

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

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

On paper, for picture makers there’s rather a lot to be enthusiastic about within the Xperia 1 III, so learn on to learn how we received on utilizing it.

Ease of Use

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

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

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

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

That ultra-wide 21:9 facet ratio of the display screen 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 digital camera capabilities and menus are displayed within the empty area to the aspect of the very best quality 4:3 facet ratio reside view.

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Total, the display screen 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 telephone itself is narrower than different 6.5in telephones and due to this fact simpler to carry. Nevertheless, it is lengthy format is unwieldy for single-hand use and you will typically need each of your fingers free for utilizing the digital camera.

Design-wise, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on either side make the Xperia 1 III a good more durable telephone 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 presents water resistance to an IPX5/IPX8 ranking and mud resistance to an IP6X ranking.

The battery has an elevated 4,500mAh capability and will be charged to 50% in round half-hour with the equipped 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 just isn’t equipped with the telephone.

An additional look across the telephone reveals the only SIM/ micro SDXC card slot, quantity management, on/off button and a button that can be utilized for picture seize with the digital camera. 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 wish to see an on-screen fingerprint scanner, as an alternative of the facility on/off scanner.

As commonplace, the inner 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 digital camera, 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 digital camera in panorama format for taking pictures, which means your fingers are a lot much less more likely to get in the best way.

The first rear lens has a 24mm focal size with 82° subject of view and most f/1.7 aperture. You then have the brand new twin telephoto 70mm and 105mm digital camera 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° subject of view and f/2.2 most aperture. It is also attainable 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’ digital camera with 8MP decision, 78° subject of view and f/2.0 most aperture.

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

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

For images and video there are two essential methods to regulate the digital camera, by the devoted Cinema Professional and Picture Professional apps or by the brand new Fundamental mode, which has successfully changed the native digital camera app. Observe that the Fundamental 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 an alternative.

Within the Fundamental mode, you may 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 digital camera. For movies, you may modify the brightness, flip HDR on/off, and switch the Torch on/off.

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There are a number of further photograph modes; panorama (which works rather well), ‘sluggish movement’ (for 120fps full HD movies), Portrait Selfie, and Inventive impact (for numerous filters together with Outdated Movie, Mirror and Harris Shutter).

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

Taking advantage of 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 forestall the digital camera settings from being inadvertently modified. A histogram, grid strains and stage gauge can all be displayed in actual time too.

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

Pictures are taken within the Professional app utilizing the shutter button on the aspect of the telephone. Not like the usual digital camera app, there isn’t any on-screen shutter button possibility. We discovered the aspect shutter button somewhat on the stiff aspect, particularly when making an attempt to get a grip on the slippery rear floor. Ideally you will have each fingers accessible to carry the telephone.

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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 superb in a variety of eventualities.

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 deal with a topic after which preserve monitoring it even when it quickly strikes out of sight.

Sony’s industry-leading real-time face and eye detection AF is offered 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 simply 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 accessible 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 mild, AF is superb too, for a telephone. 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” telephone.

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We additionally must 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 normal look. The shutter is mechanically adjusted in response to 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 set aperture of f/1.7 to f/2.8 relying on the lens in use, direct daylight is just too shiny even utilizing the bottom ISO 50 setting and positively when taking pictures at 24fps. We could not discover an ND filter impact possibility to cut back mild transmission. So if you wish to shoot video in daylight, 60fps is your solely actual possibility.

Video AF is sweet albeit with somewhat ‘twitching’ because it makes these micro changes, whereas handbook focus is managed by choosing the gap on a slider.

There’s a actually neat function to pick out two handbook focus presets (‘A’ and ‘B’) on the slider to make a direct change between these two distances. We are able to see lots of use for this function and are nonetheless pinching ourselves that that is on a telephone! Handbook focus transitions are actually easy.

A basic bitter commentary in regards to 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 a while to work out what’s certainly attainable.

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 actual fact, its dealing with is aimed squarely at discerning picture makers who can be greatly surprised by what is feasible.

Picture High quality

The entire pattern pictures on this assessment had been taken utilizing the 12 megapixel JPEG setting, which produces a mean picture measurement of round 7Mb.


Handbook 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 will be shifted in 1/3EV steps, and we now have included equivalent 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, chances are high the Xperia 1 III can be set to ISO 64 or ISO 100 by way of auto ISO the vast majority of the time. And in good distinction mild similar to daylight, element is sharp in these settings.

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

In low distinction mild similar to shadows, JPEG element can be somewhat mushier than within the brighter areas regardless of the ISO setting. Noise can be influenced somewhat by the lens in use – you will get very best quality footage attainable through the use of the first 24mm lens.

All being stated, most pictures can be considered 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 digital camera apps, the flash choices are; auto, fill-flash, red-eye discount, off and torch. Relying on lens alternative, app alternative and digital camera settings, not all flash choices can be found and there are inconsistencies between apps.






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


Pattern Photographs

This can be a collection of pattern pictures from the Sony Xperia 1 III digital camera, which had 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 Photographs

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

This can be a pattern film on the high quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 30 frames per second utilizing the 0.7x lens. Please observe that this 15 second film is 101Mb in measurement.

This can be a pattern film on the high quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 30 frames per second utilizing the 1x lens. Please observe that this 15 second film is 102Mb in measurement.

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

This can be a pattern film on the high quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 30 frames per second utilizing the 4.4x lens. Please observe that this 15 second film is 101Mb in measurement.

This can be a pattern slow-motion film on the high quality setting of 3840×1644 pixels at 120 frames per second. Please observe that this film is 146Mb in measurement.

This can be a pattern film on the high quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 60 frames per second. Please observe that this 15 second film is 55Mb in measurement.

This can be a pattern film on the high quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please observe that this 15 second film is 33Mb in measurement.

This can be a pattern slow-motion film on the high quality setting of 1280×720 pixels at 120 frames per second. Please observe that this film is 102Mb in measurement.

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The Sony Xperia 1 III represents a modest reasonably than radical improve from the one-year-old Xperia 1I, with an improved show with 120Hz refresh fee, 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 cherished 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 Fundamental mode which successfully replaces the same old primary, automated native digital camera app. We solely want that the entire taking pictures modes supported portrait orientation, and never solely the Fundamental mode.

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

On the flip aspect, much less skilled customers could also be considerably alienated relating to the digital camera. One instance is that there are nonetheless no devoted algorithms for a ‘Evening Mode’, one thing that the majority flagship telephones now provide, however you may take handbook management of shutter pace for night time pictures and obtain nice outcomes. Finally, you will need to manually work out lots of issues for your self.

There are nonetheless loads of quirks, too, similar to sure settings which might be accessible in some eventualities and for one of many lenses that will not be for others, with no obvious workaround.

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

It is nonetheless a reasonably distinctive machine, although, that genuinely presents one thing totally different from the mainstream, which is very true for photographers and videographers due to the wonderful Picture Professional and Cinema Professional apps and its reliance on the talent of the consumer reasonably than automated modes.

Sony Xperia will not be your first alternative of smartphone model, and even in your high 5, however the brand new Xperia 1 III is a real challenger to the larger smartphone names relating to 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

Most important 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 final word iPhone for photographers, boasting a bigger sensor for the principle digital camera, a 2.5x zoom lens and a a lot larger display screen and general measurement than the usual Professional model. With costs beginning at round £$1099, is that this actually one of the best iPhone for images? Learn our in-depth iPhone 12 Professional Max assessment now, full with full-size pattern pictures 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 one of the best iPhone for photographers? Learn our in-depth iPhone 12 Professional assessment now, full with full-size pattern pictures 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, rather more costly range-topping handsets? Learn our in-depth Google Pixel 5 assessment to seek out out if what it presents photographers, full with full-size pattern pictures and movies.

The P40 Professional is Huawei’s new flagship smartphone for 2020. That includes a 6.58-inch display screen, 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 assessment, full with full-size pattern pictures and movies…

The OnePlus 9 Professional is the newest flagship smartphone for 2021 from OnePlus. Discover out if that is one of the best smartphone for photographers and videographers by studying our in-depth OnePlus 9 Professional assessment, full with full-size pattern pictures and movies.

The Galaxy Observe 20 Extremely is Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone, boasting a 6.9-inch display screen, 108 megapixel commonplace digital camera, 5x optical zoom, 8K video, tremendous sluggish movement video, Professional taking pictures mode and Uncooked seize. Check out our in-depth Samsung Galaxy Observe 20 Extremely assessment to seek out out if that is one of the best smartphone digital camera 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 final word smartphone for eager photographers? Discover out now by studying our knowledgeable Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely assessment, full with full-size pattern pictures and movies…

The Sony Xperia 1 II is a brand new flagship smartphone providing a spread of professional picture and video options geared toward eager digital camera fanatics. These embrace 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 digital camera. Learn our in-depth Sony Xperia 1 II assessment, full with full-size pattern pictures and movies, to seek 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 lots of the core options from the flagship Xperia 1 II mannequin, in a smaller and extra inexpensive kind issue. Learn our in-depth Sony Xperia 5 II assessment, full with full-size pattern pictures and movies, to seek out out if this new smartphone can fulfill the intense photographer…

You’ve got most likely by no means heard of Vivo earlier than, however that should not put you off the brand new X51 5G, the most effective 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 assessment…

Assessment Roundup

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

The Sony Xperia 1 III isn’t for everybody, however for many who take pleasure in Sony’s Android telephones, or who need a top-tier smartphone with a flexible digital camera, a phenomenal display screen and powerful battery life, it is a nice alternative. It’s costly, and its design means it isn’t for everyone, but when your price range can stretch to it, and you are a fan of its seems to be, it may very well be a fantastic possibility.

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This may very well be all of the telephone that many will want, with a fantastic show, loads of energy and helpful options just like the headphone socket and expandable storage. However the digital camera is sophisticated by Sony’s try and make it extra ‘professional’, lacking the mark hit by many others relating to primary efficiency.

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The Sony Xperia 1 III is a superb telephone that I gained’t suggest to many individuals. As soon as once more, Sony has created a phenomenal machine with some distinctive, marquee options like a 4K-ish OLED 120Hz display screen, nice photo-taking facilities like a bodily shutter button and a high-quality handbook digital camera app, and top-notch {hardware} for leisure consumption, like twin front-facing audio system and an honest-to-god headphone jack. You gained’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 fee, 240Hz Movement blur discount, 240Hz Contact scanning fee, 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 cell
H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG-4 Video, AV1, VP8, VP9


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

Digital camera

Triple lens digital camera

Rear Digital camera (1)

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

Rear Digital camera (2)

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

Rear Digital camera (3)

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

Digital camera Options

Pictures 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 mild, Hybrid zoom 12.5x (based mostly on Huge digital camera 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 Digital camera (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 operate


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 expertise
USB 3.1 Gen1
Good connectivity, Google Forged, 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 Converse, TalkBack, Textual content-to-speech output /DISPLAY: Font measurement, Show measurement, Darkish theme, Magnification, Color correction, Color inversion, Giant mouse pointer, Take away animations /INTERACTION CONTROLS: Accessibility Menu, Change Entry, Click on after mouse pointer stops shifting, Energy button ends name, Auto-rotate display screen, 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 screen


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 fee show.

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

The Xperia 1 III and 5 III will each be accessible from early Summer time 2021, pricing to be introduced.

Sony Press Launch

14th April 2021, Sony right now introduced two new additions to its Xperia 1 and 5 flagships sequence line-ups with Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. Each gadgets present a wealthy assortment of built-in options that join the Xperia neighborhood with its passions. Whether or not they’re photographers, audiophiles, cinephiles, players or cinematographers alike, the following technology of Xperia 1 and 5 flagships sequence will enrich the consumer expertise with its plethora of recent 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 outfitted Actual-time Monitoring and quick, correct steady AF throughout all lenses
  • 20fps Burst Mode with low mild noise discount powered by BIONZ X™
  • Model new AI tremendous decision zoom expertise
  • Up to date Pictures Professional function – now outfitted with ‘Fundamental Mode’
  • World’s first smartphone with a 4K HDR 120Hz Refresh fee show crafted from Gorilla® Glass Victus™
  • Developed 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 fee 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 expertise from Alpha cameras

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

Xperia 1 III presents a extra refined function set for photographers who try for image good outcomes. Object monitoring is upgraded with Actual-time Monitoring, permitting customers to shoot probably 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 deal with a topic and proceed to trace it even when it quickly 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 sequence. The BIONZ X™ processor allows customers to shoot in low-light eventualities in Burst Mode for the primary time, producing outcomes with noise discount which have by no means beforehand been attainable 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 due to its Twin PDAF sensor. When switching between 70mm and 105mm, the main focus is adjusted instantly to swiftly seize the sweetness within the element.

Photographers can additional broaden their artistic prospects 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 subsequent technology of Xperia each incorporate new AI tremendous decision zoom. This expertise makes use of Sony’s AI processing to revive element and definition to photographs, guaranteeing precision just isn’t compromised.

Like their older siblings, Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III function the Pictures Professional operate. Developed in collaboration with skilled photographers, it mirrors most of the handbook controls accessible in Alpha sequence 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 ‘Fundamental Mode’ function in Pictures Professional which allows quick entry to a spread of easy-to-use images options together with a contact shutter button, portrait orientation, inventive 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 unique Sony algorithm for optical picture stabilisation. The result’s supremely easy, shake-free video footage.

Transporting cinephiles to the massive display screen

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

Customers can now take pleasure in their favorite leisure because the producers meant with the Creator Mode. “Powered by CineAlta”, it now encompasses a manufacturing facility calibrated OLED show with extremely correct white level which mirrors the color copy of Sony skilled color screens 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 keeping with their predecessors, they profit from the X1™ for cell engine which brings BRAVIA HDR remastering expertise to every part customers watch which means that content material is superbly expressive. Streaming content material is extra lifelike than ever with extra distinction, color and readability. Likewise, due to the continued incorporation of Dolby Atmos® sound tuned in collaboration with Sony Photos 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

Avid gamers can acquire 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 because of a brand new and improved 120Hz Refresh fee show , now integrated within the 1 sequence, in addition to the 5 sequence, fasting-moving objects are rendered clearly for significantly easy 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 fee additionally ensures that the motion occurs precisely as meant and a vital 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 cell gameplay. The brand new L-y raiser (low gamma raiser) additionally makes it simpler to see opponents at the hours of darkness by adjusting picture particulars in darkish areas and highlighting enemies with out overexposing shiny areas of the display screen.

Combining visible excellence with an immersive audio expertise is essential for each Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. Avid gamers 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 similar 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 players can now relive successful moments in all their glory due to excessive body fee recording at as much as 120fps . No matter they’re enjoying, R.T. file (Rewind time file) mechanically pre-records 30 seconds of recreation footage. So players can simply rewind and seize key moments like match-winning performs and share them on-line with buddies and fellow opponents.

Lastly, due to integrated Warmth Suppression energy management (H. S. energy management), gaming efficiency stays uncompromised. By powering the telephone techniques immediately, reasonably than charging the battery, thermal stress on the handsets is diminished and overheating is prevented.

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 permit you to fully change the temper of your scenes, utilising totally different cinema kinds, an important software in superior storytelling. Sony’s distinctive Clever wind filter expertise makes use of award-winning audio separation expertise to cut back wind interference for clearer audio recording.

New options inside each fashions embrace a spread of UI enhancements designed particularly with film makers in thoughts. For example, to assist customers management their workflow, they’ll simply verify how a lot free reminiscence is remaining and the way a lot recording time continues to be accessible. They will additionally simply verify which parameters they used on a particular clip, as a way to apply them to different tasks. Every clip’s parameter particulars now embrace decision, FPS, look, lens, stabiliser, WB, ISO, shutter angle/ pace, focus and audio stage. That is additional complemented with the power to assessment and organise footage with clip playback, permitting customers to play again clips with a easy swipe on the telephone’s show.

Audio playback because the recording artist meant

Very similar to 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 would really feel like they’re at a reside live performance or with the artist recording in a studio. All loved by the Full-stage stereo audio system or with wired or wi-fi headphones. To high it off, new TIDAL subscribers will get three months of TIDAL Hello-Fi free after 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 expertise works with native audio recordsdata and streaming companies to additional improve the listening expertise.

Excessive-quality music will be additional loved by 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 telephone to successfully reproduce the sound subject. And as an unique replace for Xperia 1 III, at the moment are 40% extra highly effective than its predecessor . That is due to a brand new speaker field construction, which has been designed each to enhance sound strain and eradicate vibration. The audio quantity by 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 expertise, together with audio and video streaming companies. It mechanically improves audio frequency and dynamic vary in real-time, taking every monitor near high-resolution audio.

All of the pace you want

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

Good connectivity takes Xperia’s deep studying expertise that utilises Sony’s Neural Community Libraries and analyses Wi-Fi indicators to foretell near-future connectivity points. The Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III assesses the standard of obtainable Wi-Fi earlier than connecting so there is not any extra grabbing Wi-Fi that does not work. If it predicts any compromise in Wi-Fi connection high quality, it makes use of cell information as an alternative.

With a 4,500mAh battery, each fashions provide loads of energy to maintain customers going by the day whereas a spread of charging options helps maximise comfort and lengthen 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 telephone because it prices, to verify the battery is not overworked.

Lastly, Xperia 1 III presents a wi-fi charging and Battery share operate, permitting the machine to be related to a wi-fi charger to conveniently high up the battery. Because of the Battery share operate, it may possibly double as a charging pad for different gadgets too.

Modern 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 metallic body, it is an irresistible mix of kind 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 sturdy metallic body. For additional peace of thoughts, each fashions additionally function IP65/68 water resistance and safety towards 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 process, then get proper again to what they had 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 Model Cowl. Designed with sturdiness in thoughts, the covers function a built-in stand to help horizontal placement and supply a snug viewing expertise. They’re additionally coated with anti-bacterial materials that has a safety fee of as much as 99.9% – stopping cell development and sustaining cleanliness.

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


Xperia 1 III can be accessible in Frosted Black and Frosted Purple, and delivery with AndroidTM 11 from early Summer time 2021.

Xperia 5 III can be accessible in Black and Inexperienced, and delivery with AndroidTM 11 from early Summer time 2021.

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